If Alabama wants to have a shot at claiming its third consecutive top ranked recruiting class, Nick Saban and his staff will need a strong finish in adding to its current 18-man class.
Despite picking up recent commitments from tight end Josh McNeil and linebacker Walker Jones, Alabama has lost its grip on on the top spot they have held for most of the summer.
A pair of decommitments (linebacker Reuben Foster to Auburn and offensive lineman Andy Dodd to LSU) have dropped Alabama’s class ranking to second according to 247 Sports, fourth per ESPN, and seventh on Rivals.
However, there are a handful of big fish left on Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide’s board—and landing some of them could help Alabama make a climb back to No. 1.
With the 25 scholarship cap in place as mandated by the SEC, the Crimson Tide have less than 10 spots left for the current class—with maneuverability depending on decommitments and the possibility of having early enrollees.
So which targets on Saban’s ultimate wish list would help them secure a top-rated class?
Here are eight targets that top the Tide’s remaining wish list for 2013.