With Brian Robinson’s (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) commitment on Monday, Alabama has solidified arguably the strongest running back class in next year’s recruiting cycle — and it isn’t even close.
Robinson, who joins fellow 2017 commits 5-star Najee Harris (Antioch, Calif.) and 4-star Cam Akers (Clinton, Miss.), propelled the Crimson Tide forward in the 247Sports.com’s recruiting team rankings with his pledge. Alabama’s projected point total — which determines the team’s overall ranking score — increased from 163.3 to 178.24, which allowed the Crimson Tide to leapfrog Miami for the No. 2 spot in next year’s recruiting rankings.
For the sake of comparison, no program ranked No. 10 or better has landed at least two four-star halfbacks in 2017. With Robinson, a 4-star recruit, the Crimson Tide now have three.
This kind of running back hoarding is reminiscent of another class.
And by Alabama, no less.
In 2013, the Crimson Tide landed signatures from Derrick Henry, Alvin Kamara, Tyren Jones and Altee Tenpenny to round out one of the most impressive overhauls at the position in recent memory, as none of the four halfbacks mentioned were given less than four stars.
First came Harris, the consensus No. 1 halfback in the country in 2017, who weighs in at 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds. Though he’s reported 15 offers, he’s been committed to Alabama since April. He was then followed by Akers, the top-rated prospect in Mississippi, in August. The 5-foot-11, 210-pound junior spurned schools like UGA and Tennessee in the process.
Robinson, a marquee halfback from Tuscaloosa, Ala., rounds out the group with his recent commitment. Like Akers, he reported 10 offers and passed on programs such as Auburn and Ole Miss. At 6-foot-1 and 213 pounds, he fits the mold of several Alabama running backs before him (think T.J Yeldon).
As a result, the three have formed what could be one of the better running back classes in recent memory — or at least since 2013.