National Signing Day is coming up on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. It is the first day that recruits are allowed to sign letters of intent.
Recruits are, of course, not required to sign with anyone on Wednesday. However, it has become a perennial tradition for the top recruits to officially put pen to paper for their future alma maters.
Nick Saban and his staff always aim for the top recruits that best fit his system. With those targets, he has pulled in only one recruiting class that has not been ranked in the top five. (In 2007, his recruiting class was ranked 17th in the nation by ESPN.)
With the obvious hope of bringing the No. 1 recruiting class to the Capstone out of the way, here are the other seven things that the Tide are wishing for on Wednesday.
These wishes do not include the Tide's expected signees, with the exception of Landon Collins. I don't put anything past Saban and company in terms of recruiting, and that means any one of these guys could still end up at the Capstone.
The "alternate wishes" are all in the event that the recruit doesn't choose the Tide.