Alabama doesn’t finish with the #1 recruiting class
I know...I know. While this may not be a popular prediction, I think it will come true this February.
Alabama currently sits in 59th place in the country for their 2018 class. Alabama typically has a top 10 class at this point in the cycle, but that isn’t why I think they will come up just short of the recruiting title. Ohio State, Miami and Clemson are all recruiting at an extremely high level right now. Clemson (11) sits lower than Miami (1) and Ohio State (2) in the rankings right now, per 247Sports.
Clemson does have the two top recruits in the cycle, and that paired with a national championship last year is going to be very tough to compete with. Clemson has 9 current commits, putting them in a perfect spot to still add top talent.
Ohio State currently has the highest average rating per recruit— a whopping 95.94. For comparison, last years Alabama class had a 93.61. Ohio State has 12 commits, which is another solid number at this point of the year.
Miami and Mark Richt are putting together a historic class, but I think they will fade out as they already have 17 commits, which is a very high number at this point of the year.
Now to Alabama...93.05 average rating per recruit, 3 commits. Right now, I have Alabama finishing up second just behind Ohio State, then Clemson at No. 3 and Miami at No. 4. Bottom line: Alabama is in it for a lot of top recruits, but this class will be much smaller. The smaller class size will hurt, and with Alabama off to a slow-start, it will be too much for Saban to catch up to.
Alabama signs two top 10 wide receivers
Alabama signed 4 WRs last year, all being in the top 12 of all WRs. While that may scare off some top talent, I think Alabama makes a strong push for in-state talent Justyn Ross and Florida native Jacob Copeland.
Alabama has been the favorite from the start for Ross, and I don’t think anything will change when he’s signing his Letter of Intent. Copeland has been all over the place for his recruitment, but he has already visited Alabama three times, including a car ride with Coach Saban. Copeland has a top 5 of all SEC schools, and Alabama is making him a top priority. When Saban makes you a top priority, that’s hard to turn down.
Alabama doesn’t take a Quarterback
Most top QB recruits look for two things: freedom and playing time.
Alabama currently has three elite quarterbacks on roster: Jalen Hurts, Tua Tagovailoa and Mac Jones. On top of the fact that the Tide’s depth chart at QB is already overly-crowded with first and second year talent, 16 of the top 20 QBs in the nation are already committed.
I don’t think Alabama is going to settle for a lower-tier QB, especially when the need isn’t there. If Alabama can land a top 5 QB, I think they take him. But I don’t think that will happen, and Alabama will focus on the 2019 class for their future signal caller. JT Daniels and Taulia Tagovailoa look to be some top options.
Alabama moves up to top 20 in the rankings by September
Alabama really needs to make an impact in the recruiting world this summer, so the next few months will be crucial. With summer camps, more offers will be handed out and many recruits focus in on their top schools. Alabama will be focusing in on their top targets, as well as hosting many recruits on campus.
The Tide should pick up some big commitments over the course of June, July and August. Some names that I could see come off the board and commit to the Tide would be JJ Peterson, Penei Sewell, Christian Tutt, Jaycee Horn and Jalen Cunningham. We should see a lot of ground being caught up over the next couple of months.
Alabama signs 4-star CB, Isaac Taylor-Stuart
Taylor-Stuart is one of my favorite recruits in the cycle. He has great length and size at 6’2” and runs a 4.40. Taylor-Staurt is from California and has Alabama and USC as his two top schools. After a visit to Tuscaloosa last year, Taylor-Stuart named Alabama his leader. If Saban can get him on campus for a game this year, there is no doubt in my mind that he will sign with the Tide. Taylor-Stuart is rated as the 5th best CB in the nation.
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