Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide are in a very good position to land yet another 5-star recruit, and what a huge win that would be for an already-stacked program with an already very good 2013 recruiting class.
According to Ryan Bartow of TigerIllustrated.com, Alabama has made it on to running back Derrick Green's list of 13 potential schools to commit to:
In no order, it's Tennessee, Michigan, Oregon, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Virginia Tech, Auburn, Clemson, Alabama, Miami, Pitt, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma.
According to Rivals, Green is the top-ranked running back and is ranked No. 12 overall in the nation, so he's going to be quite an addition to whichever team he does end up choosing.
Green basically lays out a few criteria that he appears to be judging potential programs on, according to this quote from Bartow's report:
What I like about each of them is the academics, the atmosphere and my relationship with the coaching staff. I like the odds for early playing time and the depth chart at each school.
So, with those things in mind, what are the odds Alabama comes away with another 5-star player? I have to believe they are high.
Here's how I would power rank the top teams' chances:
1. Alabama: Just ask Mark Ingram or Trent Richardson how playing for the Rolling Tide worked out for them. I think it's as simple as that. The chance to win championships, be at or near the center of the college football world and be coached by Nick Saban has to be a huge draw for the 5-star runner.
2. Michigan: The one thing Michigan has been missing as of late is a big-time, star running back. Brady Hoke's 2013 class only has one running back commit, and he's a 3-star. I dare say Hoke could find a way to get Green on the field.
3. Ohio State: The Buckeyes are back on the rise with Urban Meyer at the helm, and if it comes down to the coaching staff I can only imagine Green would love playing for him. Being a huge part of the re-build of the great Ohio State football program could be enough to lure Green in as well.
4. Clemson: If Dabo Swinney can convince Green that he's building a championship-caliber program and that Green, along with No. 1 overall prospect Robert Nkemdiche can be the future stars of said program, they could have a shot.
5. Auburn: The Tigers have two 5-star defensive ends committed to their 2013 class right now according to Rivals. They don't have any true running backs committed yet though, so Gene Chizik could offer Green the opportunity to be the third 5-star player in a class that has a big need at his position. I'm sure that would sound pretty good.
6. Everybody Else: If one of those five teams can't bring Green in, then it's pretty much a toss-up in my opinion.