Alabama football: Streak of No. 1 recruiting classes comes to end
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Alabama experiences off year in recruiting
Alabama’s 2018 recruiting class ultimately did not live up to the expectations created by past success. The Crimson Tide finished with the No. 7 class, which is the first time since 2010 it didn’t have the No. 1 class. It’s also the lowest finish since coach Nick Saban’s first year in 2007. While some fans were disappointed, the class looks to be more of a roadblock than a crack in Alabama’s dynasty.
Despite not having its usual success, Alabama still locked down some top players. Alabama signed 5-star cornerback Patrick Surtain Jr. Surtain picked Alabama over LSU after having the Tigers as his front-runner for most of his recruitment. His decision ultimately upset former LSU wide receiver Jarvis Landry, but Surtain’s father came to his defense.
Our own Chris Kirschner believes that Alabama’s recruiting class should still be viewed as a success.
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In other headlines …
- Former Alabama running back B.J. Emmons signed with Lane Kiffin and Florida Atlantic.
- Five-star defensive lineman Eyabi Anoma, who signed with Alabama, sent out a message to recruits who chose other schools.
- Former Alabama defensive back Eddie Jackson snapped at a person who said cornerback Anthony Averett didn’t deserve a combine invite.
- Alabama athletics led the conference in athletes on the SEC Academic Fall Honor Roll.
Jaylen Waddle with Alabama
Alabama missed out on a couple of 4-star wide receivers. The No. 1 player in Alabama, Justyn Ross, chose Clemson over both Alabama and Auburn. Jacob Copeland picked Florida over Alabama and two other schools. Then, late in the day, Alabama received good news at that position. Four-star receiver Jaylen Waddle chose Alabama over Texas A&M. Waddle ranked as the No. 39 recruit overall and the No. 5 wide receiver, according to 247 Sports composite rankings.
Alabama commits flip to other schools on National Signing Day
Multiple Alabama commits chose to go in different directions on Wednesday. Four-star defensive tackle Bobby Brown, who committed to Alabama in December, ultimately flipped back to his original school, Texas A&M. Alabama did not collect its usual group of defensive linemen, so losing Brown was a big deal. Along with Brown, linebacker Quay Walker ultimately flipped to Georgia, which finished with the No. 1 class.
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