Alabama or LSU: Who Had the Best Recruiting Class?

Logan HocuttContributor IFebruary 7, 2009

While Signing Day has come and gone, the one thing that almost everyone wants to know is who had the top recruiting class: LSU or Alabama?

We know one thing about this question: no team even comes close to these two classes. Here is a review of the major signees of each school.

At quarterback each school signed great prospects, but many say the Bayou Bengals got the better player.  A.J. McCarron a 6-4 189-lb. quarterback out of Mobile's St. Paul's High School who chose the Tide over the likes of Miami, Ole Miss and even Oklahoma and is supposed to be the next Brodie Croyle.

Meanwhile, the Tigers signed Russell Shepard, a 6-1 179-lb dual threat out of Houston's Cypress Ridge. He is to compete with Jordan Jefferson for the starting position next year. Shepard is already enrolled at the state university.

At the receiver position it is a toss up, with a player in Rueben Randle that some say is the best player in the nation. Rueben Randle is expected to be the favorite target of sophmore QB Jordan Jefferson.

Randle is a 6-3 195-lb. reciever out of Bastrop, La., who will be a target of many jump balls this year. for the Tide Kendall Kelly is the elite reciever coming out of the signing class for the men of Tuscaloosa. At 6-4 210 lbs, he will be a physical reciever with great speed which is the perfect compliment for Julio Jones.

On the ofrfensive line there was one player that is hands down the best in the country and that is D.J. Fluker, who commited to the Tide in 2007. At 6-7 350 lbs., you do not want to go against this kid from Foley, Ala.

On the defensive side of the ball, the two players who stood out the most were Dre Kirkpatrick, and Craig Loston. Kirkpatrick, the teammate of Kendall Kelly at Gadsden City High School, signed with the Tide. Kirkpatrick who is a 6-2 180 lb corner, is a very rare corner these days due to his height.

He is a tall player who should add on some weight to his frame once he gets in Coach Cochran's fourth quarter program at the capstone.

Loston, a DB out of Aldine, Texas, is a five-star who should make an immediate impact. At 6-2 193 lbs., he is just the type ofcorner that the Tigers have been seeking.

Here are the full signing classes for each team.



  1. LB Jonathan Atchinson
  2. WR Kenny Bell
  3. DT Chris Bonds
  4. WR Michael Bowman
  5. OL James Carpenter
  6. DT Quinton Dial
  7. OL D.J. Fluker
  8. LB Nico Johnson
  9. WR Kendall Kelly
  10. DB Dre Kirkpatrick
  11. RB Eddie Lacy
  12. RB Mike Marrow
  13. QB AJ McCarron
  14. OL Darius McKeller
  15. DE William Ming
  16. OL Brandon Moore
  17. WR Kevin Norwood
  18. DE Anthony Orr
  19. LB Tana Patrick
  20. RB Trent Richardson
  21. DT Darrington Sentimore
  22. LB Petey Smith
  23. OL Anthony Steen
  24. DE Ed Stinson
  25. OL Chance Warmack
  26. OL Kellen Williams
  27. DB Rod Woodson



  1. OL Carneal Ainsworth
  2. RB Dominique Allen
  3. LB Lamin Barrow
  4. DE Michael Brockers
  5. ATH Drayton Calhoun
  6. ATH Morris Claiborne
  7. DT Chris Davenport
  8. DT Josh Downs
  9. OL Chris Faulk
  10. RB Michael Ford
  11. QB Chris Garrett
  12. K Derek Helton
  13. DT Akiem Hicks
  14. DB Josh Johns
  15. LB Tahj Jones
  16. DE Bennie Logan
  17. DB Craig Loston
  18. OL Stavion Lowe
  19. LB Barkevious Mingo
  20. LB Kevin Minter
  21. DE Sam Montgomery
  22. WR Rueben Randle
  23. QB Russell Shepard
  24. OL Josh Williford


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