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Tua Tagovailoa signed with Alabama knowing he'd have to challenge Jalen Hurts for the quarterback job.

Alabama recruiting question of the day: Debunking myth of recruits being scared to play for Tide

Alabama finished seventh in the recruiting rankings in the 2018 class, but expect the Crimson Tide to be back on top come 2019. SEC Country’s Chris Kirschner will answer the Recruiting Question of the Day each weekday. You can ask him your questions on Twitter or on Facebook. Find our previous questions and answers here.

Do you think a lot of recruits are afraid of the challenge to play at Alabama?

From @lpmitchellrtr

This was a popular question I received after National Signing Day earlier this month. Alabama finished seventh in the recruiting rankings for the Class of 2018, its lowest ranking since 2007. The Tide also snapped their streak of having the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class for seven straight years.

I think a lot of Alabama fans got accustomed to having the nation’s top class and wondered why the Tide dropped off in 2018. I spoke about this topic already, and if you missed it, you can read it here.

I also don’t think the majority of recruits are afraid of the challenge to play at Alabama. The Tide have had a loaded roster since these recruits were in elementary school. Nothing has changed there. Tua Tagovailoa chose a school 4,000 miles away from home knowing he had to compete with the reigning SEC Offensive Player of the Year, Jalen Hurts. Alex Leatherwood chose Alabama knowing Jonah Williams was one of the best freshmen offensive linemen in the country. We can keep throwing out examples.

But the truth of the matter is, yes, some recruits are scared off by the team’s depth chart. And I’m not sure if you want those players on your team anyway. A lot of those guys want to be handed a starting job instead of actually working for one. Alabama doesn’t want those players. It wants players who are going to work hard in practice and earn their playing time.

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