Alabama Football: How Newest Commits Will Impact the Crimson Tide
With five more commits over the last two months, the Crimson Tide are rolling toward another top-five recruiting class in 2013.
In April, Alabama added two more 3-star recruits. In May, the Tide added two 4-stars and another 3-star (according to Scout.com).
Their long-term impact, of course, will be felt on the gridiron. Their short-term impact, though, will be felt as early as June.
Let's take a look at the boys who are solidifying the foundation of 'Bama's 2013 recruiting class.
*Statistical information from Scout.com
Jonathan Allen, Committed on 5/21/2012
Jonathan Allen is a 6'3" 240-pound 4-star defensive end out of Virginia. From his highlight reel, it looks as if he's basically an athlete who's tabbed for defensive play.
In the near future, 'Bama may need him on offense more than defense. In any event, his commitment brings hope for the future of the defense.
His instant impact will be competition for the starting lineup on the defense. That will translate into either playing time for him or increased skill from the starters when he arrives in Tuscaloosa.
Either way, his arrival all but guarantees a rise in the defense's skill at the Capstone.
Darius Paige, Committed on 5/19/2012
Darius Paige is a gigantic (6'4' and 292 pounds) 3-star defensive tackle out of Florida.
With a little time under Scott Cochran, Paige could be the next big thing in the center of 'Bama's 3-4 defense.
Paige may not be the next Terrence Cody, but with the coaching staff in place at Alabama, that will basically be his choice.
With his size and talent, he could draw a lot of linebackers to the Capstone in 2013. 'Backers love to get the stats that Saban's schemes allow.
Cooper Bateman, Committed on 5/16/2012
Cooper Bateman is a huge score for the Tide. He has a cannon for an arm (showcased on the first play of his highlight reel), and he's likely to become the successor to A.J. McCarron.
A quarterback with a cannon is going to do two major things for the Tide in the coming years:
1) Establish a good offense with or without star receivers in the next few recruiting classes.
2) Attract star receivers to the Capstone that will make that first contribution irrelevant.
Cooper Bateman is the headliner for the 2013 class so far, and he could help catapult the Tide to the No. 1 slot by the end of national signing day 2013.
Anthony Averett, Committed on 4/14/2012
Anthony Averett is a 3-star recruit out of New Jersey who is tabbed as a cornerback/running back. With his 4.45 40-yard time, he should be more than adequate in either slot.
He's one of the fastest kids in New Jersey, as well. He just brought home three titles in the NJSIAA competition for long jump, high jump and the 100-meter. (via nj.com)
It's too early to tell where he'll end up. The current depth at tailback in Tuscaloosa speaks to the high probability that he'll begin training as a corner.
Another Tide advantage that comes with Averett's commitment is the fact that the recruiting class footprint is increased.
With the class coming from as far away as New Jersey and Utah (Cooper Bateman), it gives Saban a little edge when recruiting further in those states. Especially if anyone from the long-distance crowd goes pro, which is increasingly likely each year Saban coaches.
Deon Johnson, Committed on 4/14/2012
Deon Johnson is a 6'1" 185-pound in-state wideout. He's the third wide receiver to commit to Alabama for the 2013 recruiting class.
His 4.38 40-yard time wasn't even his personal best (at the Nike camp last summer.)
He will provide the Tide with a huge deep threat. If he can put some weight on that frame and keep his speed, he'll be a perfect fit for the Tide.
Saban values a blocking receiver, and he has all the ingredients. We will see soon enough what the pressure cooker at Alabama turns him into.