Prep Stars Alabama Must Land to Get the No. 1 Recruiting Class for 2013

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIISeptember 25, 2012


The Alabama Crimson Tide are always near the top of the college football recruiting team rankings when all is said and done, and with Nick Saban at head coach and a constantly rebuilding program, it's easy to see why so many elite recruits want to commit.

Currently, has Alabama ranked as the No. 6 team in their rankings.

There's still plenty of time left in the 2013 recruiting cycle, and there are a ton of great players still left uncommitted, including a few notable prep players.

Here are two stars Alabama should snag that would definitely move their 2013 recruiting class up to No. 1 in the rankings:


Kalief Joyner, TE, Christ The King Regional

The Crimson Tide already have a huge commit in 5-star tight end O.J. Howard, but in their offense that often features multiple tight end sets, it would never hurt to get another quality player at the position.

Joyner doesn't have any offers yet, so Alabama could jump right to the top of his list, and 247sports has him ranked as a 4-star player at 6'3'', 240 pounds.

He'll be big enough to be a mismatch against smaller secondary players and he should be able to hold his own as a blocker, which is extremely important in Saban's offensive system.

He fits Saban's tight end mold, and nobody else is giving him a shot. Bringing in another solid tight end would be huge for this recruiting class, and Joyner is a guy who could really help propel the Crimson Tide up to No. 1.


Sunny Odogwu, OT, Hargrave Military Academy

Odogwu is only a 3-star player, according to 247sports, but he's got Alabama offensive lineman written all over him.

At 6'8'', 307 pounds, he's got to be a very attractive option to a school like Alabama based on his potential alone.

According to 247Sports, he only has offers from Texas A&M  and Texas Tech—two schools Alabama could easily beat out.

All Saban and the Crimson Tide would have to do is sell him on being one of the next great Alabama linemen, and with his size and potential, that really is a good possibility if they can bring him aboard.

He's only played one season of organized football before this year, according to Jeff Ermann of 247sports, so it wouldn't be far-fetched to see his recruit ranking go up if he has a big year at Hargrave.

Another season of experience certainly won't hurt...

Alabama must try to land this kid.

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