Alabama Football Recruiting: The 10 Greatest Recruiting Classes of All Time

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Alabama Football Recruiting: The 10 Greatest Recruiting Classes of All Time
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With 14 national championships to its credit, the University of Alabama has some stellar recruiting classes to go along with them. The distant past gets a little hazy as far as recruiting classes, because the "ESPN Top 150" didn't exist. (Naturally, as TV and the Internet hadn't been invented, either.)

I did my best in determining when players were recruited. Pre-1972, I made the assumption that the first year of play was their recruiting year. As freshmen were not allowed to play, I doubt that colleges would waste a signature on an ineligible player.

Football has come a long way since those days, but the men that took the early fields made it what it has become. These recruits helped blaze the trail in a major way, and some still stand in record books today.

Without further ado, here are the Tide's 10 greatest recruiting classes of all time. I have presented them in chronological order.






*Information from the 2011 Alabama Record Book, prideofthetide.com and wikipedia was used in this article.

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