Alabama Football: 3 Things Missing from Tide's 2012 Recruiting Class

Jimmy McMurreyAnalyst IIJanuary 16, 2012

Gunner Kiel
Gunner Kiel

Alabama's 2012 recruiting class ranks at the top, a trend that has become all too familiar under head coach Nick Saban.  But even the best recruiting puzzles have missing pieces.

Here are a three things the Tide lack.



Alabama has only one quarterback on their roster, 3-star Alec Morris.  Nick Saban offered him quickly and early after seeing him at camp, so perhaps there is something the coach sees in the young man.  

After Alabama's plans for Jameis Winston fell through and he committed to Florida State, Morris seems to have been a quality backup plan.  

Alabama also missed out on top-rated quarterback Gunner Kiel, who flipped-flopped quite a bit.  

First, he committed to Indiana, then Notre Dame seemed like the place he would end up.  Finally, LSU landed a verbal commitment from him.

The Tide could use another quarterback on the roster.  In recent years, Nick Saban has landed two big fish:  A.J. McCarron and Phillip Sims.  A.J. McCarron will be a redshirt junior next year, and Sims will be a redshirt sophomore.  

It's an unpopular subject, but Sims' future at the Capstone is uncertain.  Unless A.J. McCarron blows the competition away, makes a trip to New York as a Heisman finalist and declares early for the NFL, Sims looks to be waiting until he is a senior to become the starter.

Transferring to another school would give him two years as a starter, provided he wins the job there as well.  

I doubt that will be the case, but if it does, Alec Morris could become an important part of the team.  He is only a 3-star athlete, but he shredded some of the best high school competition in the nation this year with his team going 11-1.  

The advent of A.J. McCarron has made Phillip Sims' career less than he expected thus far.
The advent of A.J. McCarron has made Phillip Sims' career less than he expected thus far.Greg McWilliams/Getty Images

It also would not be a surprise to see Gunner Kiel make the switch, but with his difficulty with making a commitment and sticking to it—as well as being dazzled by LSU—the Tide may not need him.  


Tight End

This is a position very important to the Alabama Crimson Tide, as they run a two-tight end set on almost every play.  

Alabama will have a new offensive coordinator this year, so that may change, but the Tide could use an elite tight end.

They already have some good ones on the roster but very little to replace them when they leave. Currently, they have one tight end on the commitment list, Kurt Freitag (6'3", 245 lbs), from Buford, GA.  

Tight ends don't usually get a high star rating, so the fact that Freitag is a 3-star may turn out to be irrelevant.  


Offensive Line

Alabama has been landing big recruits for the offensive line in recent years, highlighted by Barrett Jones and Cyrus Kouandjio.  The competition for playing time on the line may have been too daunting for highly touted linemen this year.

The team has three 3-star prospects committed, Brandon Greene, Caleb Gulledge and Brandon Hill. Hill seems to be the most promising of the three, standing at 6'6" and 352 lbs.

There are no uncommitted 5-star prospects considering the Tide.