It's no secret the Alabama Crimson Tide have been a recruiting powerhouse since Nick Saban arrived in Tuscaloosa. Seeming to get whoever he wants, Saban has already unleashed his prowess amongst the 2013 class by signing eight players, including the top linebacker in Reuben Foster.
Although it is way too early to tell how the rest of the class is going to shape up, early indications point toward Alabama signing another Top Five class. With almost every top player having (or wanting) Alabama in their favorites, here are five elite players who will continue the recruiting dominance and sign with 'Bama.
Joey Bosa is a 6'5", 260-pound tank out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Playing for St. Thomas Aquinas, one of the nation's perennial powerhouse schools, Bosa has been a beast against some of the top competition in the country. With his size, he moves exceptionally well and displays impressive moves at the line. At 260 pounds, Bosa will most likely stay at end in Alabama's 3-4 defense, but he can also be used at linebacker.
Already listing Alabama as his favorite, Bosa will undoubtedly take his 5-star talent to Tuscaloosa.
Mackensie Alexander is a 5'11", 185-pound cornerback from Immokalee, Fla. At 5'11", Alexander is slightly undersized for a Saban corner, but he certainly makes up for that with his intensely physical style of play.
Alexander can flat-out hit and is not afraid to take down larger players. Match that with great anticipation skills and backpedal quickness, and he has all the makings of being an elite cornerback at the collegiate level.
Although Alexander was previously committed to Tennessee, he recently opened his recruitment back up, listing Alabama as one of his favorites. It will be hard to fight off Florida State, Florida, Clemson and LSU, but with the recent decommitment of Artie Burns, Saban will be putting the full-court press on this young corner—which will be more than enough to secure his signature.
Jonathan Allen is a 6'3", 225-pound strong-side defensive end from Ashburn, Va. Currently just a 4-star prospect, Allen has all of the tools to reach the infamous 5-star status.
Over the last two years alone, Allen has combined for close to 200 tackles, more than 10 forced fumbles and 35 sacks. Obviously, those numbers are impressive, but when watching his tape it is evident that Allen has so much room to grow both physically and in regards to his overall game. Although he is a defensive end now, Allen will undoubtedly switch to linebacker if he signs with Alabama, and he would most likely move to Courtney Upshaw's jack linebacker position.
Allen has been vocal for his love of Alabama and has them as the favorites right now. Of course a lot can happen between now and signing day, but Alabama has to be liking its chances with this athletic specimen.
Montravius Adams is a 6'3", 285-pound wrecking ball from Vienna, Ga.
Adams displays exceptional foot quickness, explosion off the ball and pursuit angles. There aren't many negatives about his game, if any, but he, along with many elite high school players, uses just his size and strength to get through the line instead of utilizing proper techniques and moves.
Nevertheless, Adams is a can't-miss prospect along the defensive line with future All-American honors written all over him. With his size, Adams can easily shift over to the nose tackle position with ease, while still playing DT in certain packages.
Being from the Peach State, Adams is going to be one of the hardest players to sign, but Saban has displayed over the years how dominant he can be with Georgia prospects. Right now, it is looking like UGA, Clemson, Florida and Auburn pose the biggest threat to sign him, but Adams has visited Tuscaloosa several times and appears to love it.
I would say UGA, Clemson and 'Bama are all tied with Alabama winning in the end.
The consensus No. 1 overall player in the class of 2013, Robert Nkemdiche is an absolute freak. The 6'5", 275-pound DE/RB from Grayson, Ga., is, in my opinion, an even better prospect than Jadeveon Clowney was back in 2011.
This kid can do it all: explode off the line, utilize proper techniques and moves, hustle down running backs, lay the hit-stick and simply take over a game. Nkemdiche is even used as a running back and rushed for a remarkable 17 touchdowns last year while leading Grayson to a state title.
What I especially like about Nkemdiche is his love for the game and the intensity and effort he brings every play. Some elite players get complacent and don't go hard on every play, but not Nkemdiche. Wherever he ends up going, Nkemdiche will be an instant-impact player and may push for a starting role.
If he were to choose Alabama, Nkemdiche could play end, some linebacker and maybe even some goal-line running back. Obviously, everyone who is anyone has offered the Grayson standout, but his top five are Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Georgia and Ole Miss.
Every school has something different to offer the superstar. His brother plays at Ole Miss, UGA is the in-state school, Clemson offered his best friend, and Alabama and LSU have been amongst his favorites for a while. Despite all of this, I am truly confident Nkemdiche will commit to Alabama, not just because they are his speculated favorites but because he always speaks volumes about the program and is apparently always wearing 'Bama gear at school and in public.
Nkemdiche just came back from LSU and said how much he loved it, but in the end, his love for Alabama will outshine that of the LSU Tigers.
It seems as though this will be another banner year for Alabama recruiting, especially along the defensive line. If the Tide do end up signing Bosa, Adams and Nkemdiche, it would have to go down as one of the greatest DL hauls of all time.
It appears as though Alabama will miss out on Laremy Tunsil, who will most likely stay in-state or go to UGA, which is upsetting because of the need for an elite offensive tackle. Alabama was looking to sign an elite quarterback as well, but with Max Browne being the only real elite QB on 'Bama's radar and appearing to sign with either USC or OU, this could be another underachieving year for the Tide recruiting quarterbacks.
With so much time left, it will only get more and more interesting, and if recent history is any indication, anything can happen in this crazy recruiting world.