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Wrapping Up Alabama Football National Signing Day 2018 Live Open Thread

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The nation’s #5 player picked Alabama because “they win championships.”

The leviathan that is the SBN mothership underestimated the power of the Bama crootin fan base and has overheated. We are on our fourth server and needed to open a new thread to finish out the day.

An odd recruiting season turned a bit odder as a few Tide players unexpectedly flipped to other teams on NSD. There has been talk on the old Interwebz that some of it was orchestrated by a certain former Bama defensive coordinator to the east, so that he can puff out his chest.

The day is not over yet but it appears the Crimson Tide might come up short of the projected 23 signees. But fear not; There is a silver lining or two. Alabama concentrated on signing defense, collecting 12 for that side of the ball as opposed to five on the offensive side. The Tide is absolutely STACKED on offense already. Another point to make is that overall across the nation, this has not been the strongest of classes of seniors. 2019 and 2020 are looking much more robust. And finally, know that this day will drive Nick Saban all that much more to destroy his foes in the future. Don’t be surprised if Saban comes close to completely filling his class in this coming December’s Early Signing Period.

Regardless of what Twitter might say, this is still a strong recruiting class for Alabama.

SIGNED:

Below is what the Class of 2018 looks like so far. Stars are a rough average from Rivals, ESPN, 247sports, and the 247sports Composite. (Sadly, Scout was gobbled up by 247sports.)

  1. Jarez Parks OLB/DE Sebastian, FL 6-2’3” / 253 **** (Greyshirt) EE
  2. Saivion Smith CB Perkinston, MS 6’2” / 193 **** EE
  3. Stephon Wynn DE Bradenton, FL 6’5” / 285 **** EE
  4. Slade Bolden ATH West Monroe, LA 5’11” / 190 ***½ EE
  5. Skyler DeLong K Fort Mill, SC 6’3” / 180 *** EE
  6. Eyabi Anoma DE Baltimore, MD 6’5” / 235 ***** ESP
  7. Emil Ekiyor OC Indianapolis, IN 6’4” / 339 **** ESP
  8. Jalyn Armour-Davis CB Mobile, AL 6’0” / 160 **** ESP
  9. Cameron Latu DE Salt Lake City, UT 6’5” / 235 **** ESP
  10. Jordan Davis DE Memphis, TN 6’5” / 225 **** ESP
  11. Christian Barmore DT Philadelphia, PA 6’6” / 290 **** ESP
  12. Josh Jobe DB Cheshire, CT (Tampa, FL) 6’0” / 176 **** ESP
  13. Tommy Brown OL Santa Ana, CA 6’7” / 315 **** ESP
  14. Xavier Williams WR Hollywood, FL 6’0” / 180 **** ESP
  15. Jerome Ford RB Seffner, FL 5’11” / 200 ***½ ESP
  16. Eddie Smith CB Slidell, LA 6’1”/180 *** FAXED
  17. Patrick Surtain Jr. DB Plantation, FL 6’1.25”/199 ***** FAXED The No. 5 overall prospect!
  18. Jaylen Moody ILB Conway, SC *** FAXED
  19. Jaylen Waddle WR Houston, TX 5’10”/165 ****½ FAXED
  20. Michael Parker TE Huntsville, AL 6’6”/230 *** FAXED

HOW TO WATCH:

(All times are CT)

ESPNU 3pm-6pm
SEC Network has PAAWWWLLLL Finebaum.

Nick Saban will hold his Signing Day press conference at 4pm which can also be seen live on Rolltide.com.

That second one is very telling. Clearly, one or more recruits had pledged to Alabama and did not inform the staff they were flipping. Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

STILL TO COME

  • Saban: “We’re actually hoping to get one more defensive lineman in this class.”
  • Saban on no QB: “We’ll probably have a quarterback join us in some kind of way.” I assume this is Preferred walk-on Braxton Barker. But could they have their eyes on a grad-transfer or a juco player?

#NSD2017

#RollTide

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