The Alabama Crimson Tide may not be the No. 1 team in the land anymore, but that doesn’t meant that they can’t finish with the No. 1 overall recruiting class for 2013.
Per usual, head coach Nick Saban and his staff have done a tremendous job of recruiting, but they aren’t done yet.
As it stands, the Crimson Tide are ranked as the No. 6 overall team in the Rivals.com team rankings, and they are behind some very impressive classes.
If Saban and his 2013 class want to finish at the top of the rankings, they’re going to have to bring in a few more elite recruits.
Here are three recruits that Alabama must land to finish with the No. 1 overall recruiting class for 2013:
1. Montravius Adams, 5-star DT, Dooly County High School (GA)
Montravius Adams is the No. 2 recruit in the country, according to 247Sports, and he’s undoubtedly Alabama’s must-have recruit for 2013. Adams has the speed, size, aggressiveness and technique to be an elite player for the Crimson Tide, and they reportedly want to use him in the same way that they used their former star defensive lineman—Marcell Dareus.
Adams is versatile enough to play the 5-technique in the 3-4 or a 3-tech in a 4-3, and he projects to be a great pass-rusher, but he should also be able to hold his own against the run.
If the Tide can bring Adams into their 2013 class—he has Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida and Georgia in his top five, according to 247Sports—they would be well on their way towards capturing the No. 1 overall recruiting class for 2013.
2. Laremy Tunsil, 5-star OT, Columbia High School (FL)
If Adams is the main recruit that Alabama needs to land to capture the No. 1 spot, Tunsil has to be a very close second. In fact, depending on your preference of offense or defense, he could actually be the No. 1 recruit that ‘Bama needs.
Tunsil checks in at 6’6’’ and 295 pounds, so he obviously has the size that you’re looking for in an SEC lineman, but he compliments that with good, quick feet as well as technique and a ton of strength.
Tunsil has Alabama and Georgia in his top two, according to 247Sports, so the Tide have to be feeling pretty good about their chances.
He’d be a huge win for Alabama recruiting, and if the Tide can land him, it would really help them snag the No. 1 ranking.
3. Vonn Bell, 5-star S, Ridgeland High School (GA)
Vonn Bell is a 5-star safety recruit, and he has the potential to be a superstar. He's 5’11.5’’, 190 pounds, and he runs a quick 4.45 40, according to 247Sports. He’s quick and athletic enough to be a ball hawk in the secondary, but he also uses his speed to quickly get down to the line of scrimmage and make plays in the run game.
He can be a physical player in the run game, and for Alabama, that’s what makes him such an important recruit. He can be a lot like Mark Barron in Alabama’s secondary of the future, so it needs to do everything that it can to land him.
Will Alabama finish with the No. 1 recruiting class?
Bell has Alabama, Ohio State and Tennessee on top of his interest list, according to 247Sports, so the Tide will have to out-recruit Urban Meyer and whoever ends up as the head coach of the Volunteers.
The Tide certainly have their work cut out for them, but if there’s a head coach and staff that could make it happen, it would be Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide.
If they can bring in all three of these elite recruits, Alabama can finish with the No. 1 overall class for 2013.