Alabama holds the nation’s No. 1 class, and it doesn’t look like the Crimson Tide are going to lose the top spot.
After a drama-filled recruitment over the past few months, the Crimson Tide hung on to the nation’s No. 1 overall recruit, 5-star running back Najee Harris. Harris has already enrolled in school and there’s no longer a need to worry about him flipping to Michigan anymore.
With 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 play-making 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 sheer size of the class, Alabama 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 26 pledges, including four 5-star recruits (RB Najee Harris, OT Alex Leatherwood, LB Dylan Moses and WR Jerry Jeudy), 18 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
- 4-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
— 4-star DB Xavier McKinney expected to enroll in February
— 4-star DB Daniel Wright expected to arrive in Tuscaloosa on Friday.
— 4-star RB Brian Robinson expected to enroll at an unknown date.
Who committed to Alabama this week?
Alabama didn’t get any commitments this week.
The latest commitment is Xavier McKinney, a 4-star safety from Roswell (Ga.) High School, who surprisingly committed to Alabama once again. McKinney announced his decision on ESPN at the Under Armour All-America Game. Clemson was thought to be the favorite to land his commitment, but Alabama won out in the end.
“I feel like they can get me where I need to be as a player and as a person also,” McKinney said. “I fell in love with the staff and the atmosphere when I’ve gone there. Those were the main reasons why I committed.”
Who de-committed from Alabama this week?
Alabama hasn’t had a de-commitment since late October when 4-star linebacker Gary Johnson backed off his commitment. He took a class in junior college that would not have been accepted by SEC schools. He could have chosen to retake the class and remained in Alabama’s class, but it would have delayed his enrollment into a four-year university. Jhavonte Dean, a 3-star junior college cornerback, is someone Alabama fans should keep an eye on as far as who could be the next de-commitment.
Who are Alabama’s top remaining targets?
- 5-star defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon
- 4-star defensive end LaBryan Ray
- 4-star defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw
- 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: 4 of 4
ATH: 1 of 1
K: 1 of 1
LS: 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
Texas (4): Shavers, Tennison, TE Kedrick James, CB Jhavonte Dean
California (2): Harris, Baker
Louisiana (3): Moses, OLB Christopher Allen, Buggs
Georgia (1): McKinney
Hawaii (1): Tagovailoa
Kentucky (1): OT Jedrick Wills
Arkansas (1): DT Akial Byers
Arizona (1): K Brandon Ruiz
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.
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