Alabama signed two running backs in 2016, and it’s looking to sign several more for the 2017 class.
Currently, the Crimson Tide have two running backs committed in this year’s class: Najee Harris (Antioch, Calif.), the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect, and four-star Brian Robinson, who plays his high school football in Tuscaloosa.
If you haven’t seen Harris’ high school highlights, you should, because they are incredible. You can see why many think Harris is the second coming of Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry.
It’s not going to be easy to hold on to Harris, who has been committed to Alabama for almost a year now. He will continue taking visits, especially to Southern California and UCLA. Those two schools should be considered Alabama’s biggest competition.
Even with two running backs committed, the team is not finished recruiting. Here are some of the tailbacks the Crimson Tide are targeting:
Cam Akers, four-star RB, Clinton, Miss.
It may be odd to have a former Alabama commitment on this list, but Akers is still strongly considering the Tide. When he de-committed from Alabama a few weeks ago, Akers maintained that he would still consider Alabama. The main reason for his de-commitment was to just make sure he was making the right decision. Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Georgia should be considered the biggest contenders, along with Alabama, to sign the 5-foot-11, 210-pounder.
Akers is rated as the nation’s No. 3 running back.
D’Andre Swift, four-star RB, Philadelphia
Swift may be the most interesting prospect to keep an eye on in this list, because Nick Saban has personally recruited him. The five-time national champion has had several phone calls with the prospect. The nation’s No. 1 all-purpose back is expected to visit Alabama this spring, but dates have not been set yet. The 5-foot-9, 205-pounder is also considering Penn State, Florida State and Ohio State.
Anthony McFarland, four-star RB, Hyattsvile, Md.
McFarland received a call from Nick Saban on National Signing Day this past month. He’s a big target for the Crimson Tide. McFarland has visited Alabama before and has been nothing but complimentary of Saban’s coaching skills — calling him “one hell of a coach.” The 5-foot-9, 189-pounder is also considering Maryland, Georgia, Miami and Michigan, among others.
He is rated as the nation’s No. 3 all-purpose back.
All ratings and rankings are from the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted
Chris Kirschner covers Alabama football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Bryant-Denny.