The time has come. We are one day away from National Signing Day.
Here’s a short breakdown of Alabama’s recruiting class as it is currently constructed, some of the players already enrolled at the university, the major storylines to follow on signing day and, of course, what we expect to ultimately happen by the end of the day on Wednesday.
Ranking: No. 5 in the nation
Enrollees: Eight (including Christian Bell, who was grayshirted in 2015)
Top targets: Ben Davis, Mack Wilson, Mique Juarez, Mecole Hardman, Jeffery Simmons, A.J. Brown
Total projected signees: 25
Names to know
Jonah Williams – Williams is already enrolled in school and will participate in spring practice. He is currently Alabama’s highest-rated recruit. The five-star offensive tackle out of Folsom, Calif., is expected to compete for playing time immediately.
Jalen Hurts – Hurts is Alabama’s lone quarterback commit in this year’s class. Like Williams, he is already enrolled in school. The four-star Channelview, Texas, product actually mimicked Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson in practice for the scout team leading up to the national championship game. While his future is promising, Alabama shouldn’t expect Hurts to start this season. That role will likely go to Blake Barnett.
B.J. Emmons – Emmons is currently Alabama’s only running back commit, but the Crimson Tide are trying to sign two SEC Country chronicled Emmons’ rough upbringing in this well-done feature. While skilled, the four-star running back from Morganton, N.C., has some academic issues he needs to work on before enrolling in school. He’ll take the ACT this weekend with the hopes of getting the score he needs.
Raekwon Davis – Davis’s recruitment has been wild to say the least. The four-star defensive tackle from Meridian, Miss., is Alabama’s longest-tenured commit. But just a couple of weeks ago he apparently flipped to Mississippi State, and then he didn’t, and then he wasn’t committed to anyone. It was a mess. He reaffirmed his commitment to the Crimson Tide last week, and that’s huge for Alabama. At 6-foot-7, 325 pounds, Davis is a beast. If he works on his academics and is able to enroll this summer, he could be a Day 1 starter.
Reggie Ragland’s replacement? The nation’s No. 1 inside linebacker, Ben Davis, named Alabama his leader after taking an official visit to Tuscaloosa on Jan. 22. Heading into that visit, Georgia led for him. Davis told SEC Country the main reason for the change was that he was impressed with the Crimson Tide’s academic pitch — something he had not heard a whole lot about on previous visits.
Right now, the biggest competition to Alabama for his services are the Bulldogs and the Auburn Tigers. In the end, the son of Alabama’s all-time leading tackler, Wayne Davis, is expected to follow in his father’s footsteps. It would be a major surprise if Davis chose anywhere other than Alabama. He could also be a Day 1 starter.
What’s going to happen at wide receiver? If the Crimson Tide miss out on their top target, four-star A.J. Brown from Starkville, Miss., there aren’t many backup options. Brown is expected to choose from Alabama, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and California. The Rebels have the most momentum heading into his decision. If he doesn’t choose the Tide, all eyes will turn to four-star Ahmmon Richards from West Palm Beach, Fla., who’s expected to sign with Miami. Four-star Mykel Jones is also an option, but it looks like he’ll head to Oklahoma. The Tide could get more bad news if Alabama commit Tyler Simmons flips to Georgia, which is very possible. Alabama may only sign two receivers in this class: three-star early enrollee T.J. Simmons and four-star Trevon Diggs.
Can Alabama regain the No. 1 class? Right now, the Crimson Tide are in the top five with plenty of four- and five-star targets still on the board. Alabama should sign several more blue chip prospects come Wednesday, but it might not be enough to topple LSU for the top spot.
It’s going to be a crazy Wednesday, as the Crimson Tide have so many targets remaining on the board. Alabama should finish extremely strong at linebacker and defensive back, but may miss out on some key wide receiver prospects.
Overall, this class is going to be one of the best in the nation. Alabama fans should be excited about what the staff is putting together once again.
All player ranking and ratings are from the 247Sports Composite.