Alabama Recruiting 2012: Impact Freshman Watch List

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Alabama Recruiting 2012: Impact Freshman Watch List
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After bringing home another top-ranked recruiting class, Saban is facing some tough decisions for the 2012 season, as usual.

On the surface, it seems simple: Who will play and who will redshirt? It isn't at all that simple. If he were making the decision based on talent, every freshman that comes to the Capstone would be a possible starter.

Saban has many more traits to consider, but I like to use the "Three S's:"

1) Size: Do they have the mass to take SEC hits without serious injury?

2) Skill: Do they bring more than talent to the field?

3) Sensitivity: Could they be more of a liability than an asset if a play breaks down?

Saban isn't going to risk severe injury just to get a WR on the field six games earlier than he's ready.

Though the The Tide has all the tools in place to put together a dark-horse championship run in 2012, let's take a look at the freshmen that could move them from dark-horse candidate to favorite.

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