No. 11 -- Alabama’s 2010 class
247Sports Composite Team Recruiting Rankings -- No. 4 with a score of 284.20
This group wouldn’t go on to have the success as the previous two classes. Although the signing class was highly-regarded, there were less prospects who panned out during their career. Top100 linebacker C.J. Mosley was an exception with him having a great career at the Capstone and he’s now enjoying a successful NFL career. Dee Milliner was one of the Tide’s two 5-star prospects in the 2010 class and he ended up a first-round pick by the New York Jets, however injuries derailed his pro career.
Here’s a quick ranking of each of Nick Saban’s recruiting classes so far. It’s based solely on recruiting rankings, and not collegiate success.
Interestingly though, the two lowest ranked classes, 2007 and 2010, would have been upperclassmen in the 2010, 2013, and 2014 seasons— the seasons with the worst losses and endings of the Saban era. With the 2018 class now in the books and lagging behind most of the other decade-worth of #1 classes, you have to wonder if Alabama may be due for a slight slide in 2020-2021. Of course, the 2019 class is shaping up to be the best yet, so it would only be a 1 year blip. Don’t flag me.
Alabama’s stable of running backs is impressive. There are four players — Damien Harris, Najee Harris, Josh Jacobs and Brian Robinson — on the roster who deserve significant carries.
Will there be enough carries to go around?
The good news is there’s experience with this sort of logjam. In fact, Alabama needed to create opportunities for the four guys listed above and Bo Scarbrough in 2017. As if that weren’t enough, Hurts also demanded carries (154 of them) due to his ability as a runner.
If Tagovailoa is the starting quarterback, that should open roughly 100 carries to be distributed among the running backs. Scarbrough leaves 124 carries behind.
Bama fans are hoping that’s enough.
There are four very talented running backs on Alabama’s roster right now, and I imagine none of them are truly happy being a back up. A few years ago, Derrick Henry, Kenyan Drake, Alvin Kamara, Altee Tenpenny, and Tyren Jones were all on the roster at once. Only Henry and Drake remained with the team after one year. And Kamara went on to become a rookie sensation last year in the NFL.
In my old NCAA 14 game where I religiously update the Alabama roster every year, I ran through a season and primarily used Damien Harris as the main tailback, while spelling him maybe 70-30 split with Najee Harris. Meanwhile, I used Brian Robinson as the main fullback in I-formations and Josh Jacobs as the second back in a split back shotgun (and also as a slot receiver in empty sets). For fun, I also subbed in Jalen Hurts to run a wishbone with all the running backs on the field at the same time, but that’s neither here nor there.
But, I don’t figure this season will play out quite like that, and I have a sinking suspicion that Josh Jacobs might bail sooner than we all might hope. Totally unfounded, of course. Just a feeling.
The Alabama-Mississippi State rivalry hasn’t created too many memories in the past decade.
A string of 10 straight Crimson Tide wins will do that. The 2016 version was particularly demoralizing with a 51-3 final score in Bryant-Denny Stadium.
I enjoy double-digit win streaks. It makes life better.
Also, I’m really glad to have Miss State back in Bryant-Denny this year. Having to listen to those forsaken cowbells even once in a year is just too much.
One of the top running backs in Alabama history will soon be back playing football in the state of Alabama.
Trent Richardson told AL.com Wednesday that he plans on signing with the Birmingham franchise of the new Alliance of American Football league that starts in February.
The goal, Richardson said, is to eventually get back to the NFL.
How many times now over the last few years have I linked to something saying that Trent Richardson has signed with a new team and is working towards a career resurgence? And each time, it’s been at a level lower than it was the time before. If Trent can’t cut it with this stop, he probably needs to go ahead and look into a new career path.
That’s it for today. Roll Tide