After watching all the substitutions in the BCS National Championship, I began to feel much better about the 2012 season.
We saw glimpses of what is to come, such as Vinnie Sunseri in at free safety. There were some major players out on the field that weren't starters. In 2012, Alabama has a lot of experience that can be moved around to fill current holes left from the draft and graduation.
You will recognize these targets as "commits" to Alabama already. The bottom line is that a verbal commitment is not legally binding. The decision these kids are facing is one of the most important in their lives.
Make no mistake about it, these are targets, not signatures—yet.
If Alabama gets four of these six recruits (Cooper or Black, Yeldon, Collins or Williams, and Griffith), they should have no issues (other than youth) contending over the next few years. Saban reloads, he doesn't rebuild.
[Update: with three early arrivals according to 247 Sports, the total targets needed now stands at five of six. We're missing either Collins or Williams and Adam Griffith, all three of whom I hope to get on NSD.]
If the Crimson Tide are going to weather the storm of 2012 and 2013 losses, 2012 Signing Day is where it all starts.
*All Recruit stats are from Rivals.com.