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Alabama Recruiting: Top Targets for Crimson Tide Leading Up to Signing Day

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 03:  Coach Nick Saban of Alabama watches from the sidelines as his team plays LSU at Tiger Stadium on November 3, 2012 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistJanuary 2, 2013

It's a busy time for the Alabama coaching staff. Not only are Nick Saban and Co. getting prepared for a BCS National Championship Game clash with Notre Dame, but they also have one eye on the recruiting process with about one month until signing day.

The Crimson Tide are playing for their third national title in four years. The basis for that extended run of dominance is recruiting, where Saban and his staff constantly win over elite recruits, allowing them to build a roster with unmatched talent and depth.

While Alabama's 2013 class is already shaping up to become another chart-topper, there are still some undecided recruits that would make it even better. Let's examine three of them to see what they would bring to the Tide. All star ratings courtesy 247 Sports.

 

1. OT Laremy Tunsil

One of the nation's top recruits, Tunsil is a monster. The 6'6'' offensive lineman possesses a rare combination of size, strength and athleticism that allows him to excel in every aspect of playing tackle. He's also ready to step in right away, if needed.

He's a 5-star prospect and rated as one of the top five players in the 2013 class. Even though the Tide are already making a strong push to land him, they face serious competition from Florida State and SEC rival Georgia.

Alabama's offensive line tends to get overlooked, which isn't a surprise given the team's star power, but it's really the foundation for everything the offense does. Adding a future star like Tunsil to the mix would provide a huge boost.

 

2. DT Montravius Adams

On the defensive side of the ball–Alabama's calling card–Adams is the biggest name to watch. The play-making defensive tackle asserted himself as a top prospect early in the process and has maintained that status throughout.

The most amazing thing about Adams' recruitment is how many teams are still heavily involved. Prospects have usually narrowed their lists by this point, but the 5-star recruit is still considering a handful of programs, including Alabama.

This is a situation where the Crimson Tide must use their trump card, which is getting to compete for a national title consistently. Playing in the Alabama system on the biggest stages would give Adams the best chance to shine as he looks to set himself up for an NFL future.

 

3. RB Alvin Kamara

Kamara isn't attracting nearly as much attention as Tunsil or Adams, but he's the type of player who can really round out a recruiting class. The Georgia native is a multipurpose back capable of helping the Tide is several different ways.

A 4-star rusher, he checks in at No. 73 on 247 Sports' list of top recruits, which still puts him among the best players at the position. As you'd expect, the Tide are having to battle Georgia for his services. He would be a good fit with either team.

What makes him special is his ability to do it all. He can run between the tackles and can also make defenders miss if given the ball in space. That makes him a threat in the passing game, as well. He would give Alabama another playmaker, and a team can never have enough of those.

 

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