After losing the national championship game to the Clemson Tigers, Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide started looking to the future. The 2017 recruiting class could be a big factor as Alabama tries to maintain its lofty position. Fortunately for the Crimson Tide, they have four of the top-5 early enrollees in the SEC.
Several top recruits in the class of 2017 made their way to campus for classes this semester. With their arrival comes a new crop of potential stars. These players are said to be the best of the best, and four of the five are headed to Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Here are the top 5 SEC early enrollees:
No. 5: Richard LeCounte III, 5-star S, Georgia
LeCounte is the No. 27 recruit in the nation and No. 1 in Georgia’s list of prospects. He committed to the Bulldogs in 2015 and enrolled this week. In fact, Georgia has its two top recruits on campus early. Now, DawgNation.com reports, it can switch to other targets before National Signing Day on Feb. 1.
In fact, the other elite player, QB Jake Fromm, is trying to get 4-star wideout Nico Collins to lock in with the Bulldogs.
No. 4: Jerry Jeudy, 5-star WR, Alabama
Jeudy is the No. 26 recruit in the nation. Jeudy played behind and learned from Calvin Ridley for part of his high school career. He was one of the best receivers in the state of Florida, playing for Deerfield Beach after a transfer in high school.
He finished his high school season with more than 1,000 yards on 77 receptions. Jeudy caught 15 touchdown passes.
No. 3: Dylan Moses, 5-star OLB, Alabama
Moses is the No. 8 recruit in the nation. He brings more speed to the linebacker group. Moses runs a 4.5 40-yard dash and is a ball hawk. He can also squat 500 pounds. Moses, the top outside linebacker in the class of 2017, was the first outside linebacker to join the current class.
No. 2 Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama
Leatherwood is the No. 6 recruit in the nation. One of Leatherwood’s biggest contributions may have been helping land Moses, according to him. Big and physical, he will add to an already strong group of lineman who will pave the way for a loaded backfield. The 6-foot-6, 327-pounder from Pensacola, Fla., was a 4-star recruit at one point but worked his way to the 5-star ranking.
No. 1: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
Harris is the No. 1 recruit in the nation. Not that Alabama is hurting at running back, but Harris will add a lot of talent — and size, at 6-foot-2, 224 pound. He stuck with his commitment to the Crimson Tide after speculation that he could flip his commitment to Michigan.
Bo Scarbrough and Damien Harris will be back for the Crimson Tide, Although Scarbrough will nurse a broken leg this offseason. So, newcomer Najee is just the latest in a long line of 5-star running backs to touchd down in Tuscaloosa.