Now that the season is officially over, and Alabama has won its fourth championship in the past seven years, recruiting will start to pick up.
We are three weeks away from National Signing Day, and there are plenty of top targets that remain on Alabama’s big board.
Here’s a look at who could end up in Tuscaloosa next season with the hopes of winning a back-to-back title.
Top remaining targets
Rashan Gary, five-star, Paramus, N.J.
- Where things stand: Alabama seems like it’s on the outside looking in when it comes to its chances of landing the nation’s No. 1 player. He has not scheduled an official visit to Alabama at this time, though the Crimson Tide are fighting for his final one. Right now, consider Michigan the favorite to land Gary.
Derrick Brown, five-star, Buford, Ga.
- Where things stand: Brown has already taken his official visit to Alabama, and the trip left the Crimson Tide in a better place than what they were. That visit was in December and he doesn’t have any unofficial visits to go back to Tuscaloosa set up. While Alabama did make inroads with the five-star prospect, Georgia and Auburn are considered the favorites.
Jeffery Simmons, four-star, Macon, Miss.
- Where things stand: Simmons is down to a final four of Alabama, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Tennessee. He’ll visit Alabama on Jan. 22. If I had to guess, I think Simmons ends up signing with Alabama. There’s potential to get significant playing time on the defensive line next season, and Simmons is intrigued by that. The Crimson Tide have made Simmons a major priority. The day after the national championship, he received a phone call from Nick Saban.
Terrell Hall, four-star, Washington, D.C.
- Where things stand: Hall will visit Alabama on Jan. 22, and the prospect from the nation’s capital is very high on the Crimson Tide. He told SEC Country that he is intrigued by Alabama’s versatile defensive players. He wants to drop into pass coverage and play with his hand in the ground on the next level.
Jonathan Kongbo, four-star, Surrey, British Columbia
- Where things stand: The nation’s No. 1 junior college player recently de-committed from Tennessee, and Alabama may be the beneficiary of that move. He’ll visit Alabama on the Jan. 22. The Arizona Western Community College prospect, by way of Canada, is a major priority for the Crimson Tide.
Michail Carter, four-star, Jackson, Ga.
- Where things stand: Carter has previously said that the Alabama coaching staff is recruiting him the hardest, but the Crimson Tide need to watch out for Georgia. Carter will take his last official visit to Athens, and he has not set one up to Alabama at this time.
Connor Murphy, four-star, Phoenix
- Where things stand: Murphy’s brother, Trent, plays for the Washington Redskins. In college, Trent played for Stanford under Jim Harbaugh. It just so happens that Michigan is coming after Connor very strong. He just released his top five and Alabama did make the cut. He recently received a phone call from Nick Saban, so he is a priority to the staff. Murphy will visit Alabama on Jan. 29.
Ben Davis, five-star, Gordo, Ala.
- Where things stand: Davis is the son of Alabama’s all-time leading tackler, Wayne Davis. That doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be attending Alabama like his father, though. The nation’s No. 1 inside linebacker actually has Georgia as his leader because of his relationship with Kirby Smart. When he does make his decision, I expect him to choose ‘Bama.
Lyndell Wilson, five-star, Montgomery, Ala.
- Where things stand: The nation’s No. 1 outside linebacker’s recruitment is all over the place. He has told SEC Country that Alabama is his dream school and the Crimson Tide have the best college football program, yet he has Florida listed as his leader. Then there’s his relationship with Georgia coach Kirby Smart. Wilson will take an official visit to Alabama on Jan. 22. I think this comes down to Georgia and Alabama in the end.
Mique Juarez, five-star, Torrance, Calif.
- Where things stand: Juarez recently narrowed down his list to Ole Miss and UCLA, but he did tell us that his official visit to Alabama on Jan. 22 could shake things up.
Jaquan Yulee, four-star, Chesapeake, Va.
- Where things stand: He just de-committed from Alabama, but is the former recruit rethinking things? Shortly after Alabama won the national championship, he told SEC Country that there’s a good chance he ends up recommitting to the Tide.
Dontavious Jackson, four-star, Houston
- Where things stand: The middle linebacker target will visit Alabama on Jan. 22. Texas is seen as the favorite to land his signature.
Jeffrey McCulloch, four-star, Houston
- Where things stand: Alabama is in McCulloch’s top five, but the Crimson Tide should be considered a long shot right now. They’ll have a chance to improve their chances with him when they host him on an official visit on Jan. 22.
Jaleel Laguins, four-star, Watkinsville, Ga.
- Where things stand: The Georgia commit has barely heard from the new coaching staff, and as the days go by, it’s looking like Laguins won’t be a Bulldog come signing day. Jeremy Pruitt, who is now Alabama’s defensive coordinator, has been in contact with him and got Laguins to take an official visit to Tuscaloosa on Jan. 29.
Vosean Joseph, three-star, Miami
- Where things stand: The Gators commit recently posted a picture on his Facebook account with a picture of him surrounded by a Florida and Alabama logo with the caption “decisions, decisions.” He will take an official visit to Alabama this weekend.
Shyheim Carter, four-star, Kentwood, La.
- Where things stand: Carter was once committed to Alabama, and it was looking like he was leaning toward Georgia or Ole Miss, but that changed when Pruitt got on board. Carter has told SEC Country that he considers Pruitt to be one of the best men around. It would not be surprising if he ended up back with the Tide.
Nigel Knott, four-star, Madison, Miss.
- Where things stand: Alabama is expected to host Knott on an official visit, but he has not set any dates as of now. The Crimson Tide are believed to be the favorites to land Knott when he makes his commitment.
Nigel Warrior, four-star, Suwanee, Ga.
- Where things stand: Warrior, who is the son of former Tennessee and NFL star Dale Carter, made some interesting comments to SEC Country about his lack of a relationship with Pruitt. With Mel Tucker leaving Alabama to become Georgia’s defensive coordinator, one would think that Warrior will stay in-state and choose the Bulldogs.
Jack Jones, four-star, Long Beach, Calif.
- Where things stand: Alabama coaches are pitching Jones to be the next Cyrus Jones, and he likes what he’s hearing. The Crimson Tide staff has told Jones that he can play corner, wide receiver and be a kick/punt returner. The California native will visit Alabama this weekend. It will be his first trip to Tuscaloosa.
Jared Mayden, four-star, Sachse, Texas
- Where things stand: Mayden recently de-committed from Oregon, and he’ll visit Alabama this weekend. Before committing to Oregon, Alabama was one of Mayden’s finalists. He’ll be one to monitor closely down the stretch.
Aaron Robinson, three-star, Deerfield Beach, Fla.
- Where things stand: A source close to SEC Country believes the Gators commit will end up signing elsewhere. Right now, Robinson’s test scores are in question and it’s unclear if he’ll be able to qualify to enroll at Florida. He’ll visit Alabama on Jan. 29.
All rankings come from 247Sports composite