The fruits of Nick Saban’s labor on the recruiting trail are one of the biggest reasons Alabama is a favorite to repeat as national champions—despite heavy personnel losses from a year ago.
While several players from the 2011 recruiting class will be major contributors this fall, the early returns from 2012’s top-rated class seem positive—with eight early enrollees taking part in spring drills.
Tide supporters have already been subjected to the talents of players like running back T.J. Yeldon and receivers Amari Cooper and Chris Black.
However, the rest of their classmates have arrived and taken part in offseason workouts, but the real fun begins in less than 24 hours when they hit the practice fields with their teammates for the first time as college athletes for the beginning of fall camp.
Which newcomers are Tide fans dying to catch a glimpse of?
Here are five true freshman Alabama fans are eager to see.