Alabama signed three five-stars in its 2016 recruiting class in offensive tackle Jonah Williams and linebackers Ben Davis and Lyndell “Mack” Wilson. Already in the class of 2017, the Crimson Tide’ has one five-star in the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect and running back recruit Najee Harris.
You can bet that Alabama will sign several more in next year’s class.
In fact, the Tide are in good shape with several of these five-star recruits. Let’s take a look at some of these blue-chip prospects.
Marvin Wilson, five-star defensive tackle, Bellaire, Texas
Alabama has already made Marvin Wilson’s final group, and he hasn’t even named a group of finalists. He told SEC Country that Alabama and LSU will definitely be two of his finalists when it comes time to narrow in on his top choices.
“I really like the family environment at Alabama,” Wilson said. “It is like that home environment, but it is a united family environment because you know everybody hates Alabama because they win so much. If you don’t have it together, then you can’t succeed there. They grind it out together and work real hard to overcome all that stuff.”
Fun fact about the nation’s No. 5 overall prospect: The 6-foot-4, 316-pounder sings in his school’s choir.
Dylan Moses, five-star linebacker, Bradenton, Fla.
For years, recruitniks have known the name Dylan Moses. The five-star prospect graced the cover of ESPN The Magazine when he was just 15 years old and committed to LSU. He backed off that commitment to take more visits and now lists Alabama as his leader. Here’s what he told SEC Country earlier this year on why the Crimson Tide are the favorites to land him when he makes his commitment.
“They lead because of their defense,” Moses told SEC Country. “For me, I see myself in it, thriving and being pushed to the absolute limit. I also think Nick Saban is a fantastic coach and can adapt to any situation. If I could learn everything he has to teach me and master it, I feel like I can improve not only as a great player but later on as a better man as well. It’s not just about football with him.”
Alabama fans shouldn’t shut the door on battling it out with LSU, though. Moses is extremely close with coach Les Miles, and he actually sent this impassioned message to us when the whole squabble with the Tigers coach was going down. If Miles is there to stay, LSU will be a strong contender to land Moses when he makes his commitment next year.
Wyatt Davis, five-star offensive tackle, Bellflower, Calif.
Wyatt Davis was so big as a child that he had to play with kids two grades above him, according to Bleacher Report.
Davis’ first scholarship offer actually came from the University of Alabama, and it’s something that the nation’s No. 7 offensive tackle won’t forget.
“It’s not all about going to the NFL and stuff, it’s just that whole culture,” Davis said, via 247Sports. “They’ve always had great linemen, that really stands out. Coach (Mario) Cristobal is a hell of a coach. Cam Robinson is going to be the number one tackle probably picked. He’s just putting out great athletes for the draft.”
Alabama is the overwhelming favorite on Davis’ 247Sports’ Crystal Ball predictions, with 89 percent of recruiting analysts pegging him to sign with the Tide when he makes his decision.