With just four days to go until National Signing Day, Alabama holds a slim lead over Ohio State for the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class.
Because the Crimson Tide are expected to land several more commitments come Wednesday and the Buckeyes are done for the most part, Alabama should hold its lead for the top spot in the recruiting rankings.
With all that being said, here’s a peek at Alabama’s 2017 class snapshot:
Alabama 2017 class snapshot
Alabama has a good chance to have the nation’s No. 1 class for the seventh straight year. As it stands, this might be Alabama’s best class in the Nick Saban era because it has commitments from a top-class running back, two future playmaking quarterbacks, a bookend left tackle and more.
Where it ranks?
Alabama’s 2017 class is ranked No. 1 in the country. Although Ohio State has a higher average star-rating than Alabama, the Crimson Tide should hang on to the top spot in the rankings because this is going to be a bigger class than normal for the Tide. Ohio State will not sign 25 players this year, so based off of the sheer size of the class, Alabama likely will have more points than Ohio State come signing day.
As is standard in the Saban era, the majority of Alabama’s commitments are of the blue-chip variety, meaning they are either rated 4- or 5-star prospects. For context purposes, the Tide have 25 pledges, including five 5-star recruits (RB Najee Harris, OT Alex Leatherwood, LB Dylan Moses, QB Tua Tagovailoa and WR Jerry Jeudy), 15 4-star prospects, four 3-star talents and one 2-star prospect in long snapper Thomas Fletcher.
Who are Alabama’s early enrollees?
- 5-star RB Najee Harris
- 5-star OT Alex Leatherwood
- 5-star WR Jerry Jeudy
- 5-star LB Dylan Moses
- 5-star QB Tua Tagovailoa
- 4-star WR Tyrell Shavers
- 4-star DL Isaiah Buggs
- 4-star OT Elliot Baker
- 4-star ATH Chadarius Townsend
- 4-star TE Major Tennison
- 3-star DB Kyriq McDonald
- 2-star long snapper Thomas Fletcher
Who committed to Alabama this week?
Bulovas, a 3-star kicker from Mandeville (La.) High School, likely will compete with Andy Pappanastos for the team’s starting kicker job this spring.
Who de-committed from Alabama this week?
Jhavonte Dean, the nation’s No. 2 junior college cornerback prospect from Blinn College (Brenham, Texas) de-committed from Alabama.
This de-commitment was expected as SEC Country has reported for over a month now that Dean and Alabama would have a mutual parting of ways after a down season at Blinn for Dean. He had 23 tackles and zero interceptions in nine games this past season as a backup. He also never visited Tuscaloosa this fall and took official visits to Utah, Arizona State and Miami.
Even with Marlon Humphrey declaring for the NFL draft, Alabama was not going to fight to keep Dean committed in this year’s class.
Who are Alabama’s top remaining targets?
- 5-star defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon
- 5-star defensive end LaBryan Ray
- 4-star defensive tackle Phidarian Mathis
- 4-star wide receiver Henry Ruggs III
- 4-star wide receiver DeVonta Smith
- 4-star JACK Jarez Parks
Breakdown by position
QB: 2 of 2
RB: 2 of 2
WR: 2 of 3 OR 4
TE: 2 of 2
OL: 5 of 5
DL: 2 of 4
LB: 3 of 3
JACK: 1 of 1 OR 2
DB: 3 of 3
ATH: 1 of 1
LS: 1 of 1
K: 1 of 1
Geography of Alabama’s 2017 recruiting class
Florida (6): Leatherwood, Jeudy, OLB VanDarius Cowan, QB Mac Jones, Fletcher, Wright
Alabama (6): OLB Markail Benton, Robinson, OT Kendall Randolph, Townsend, McDonald, C Hunter Brannon
Louisiana (4): Moses, OLB Christopher Allen, Buggs, Bulovas
Texas (3): Shavers, Tennison, TE Kedrick James
California (2): Harris, Baker
Georgia (1): McKinney
Hawaii (1): Tagovailoa
Kentucky (1): OT Jedrick Wills
Arkansas (1): DT Akial Byers
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.
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