Alabama Football Recruiting: Stellar Class Will Make Up for Departing Players

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJanuary 17, 2013

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - JANUARY 08:  Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks to the media during the Discover BCS National Championship Press Conference at the Harbor Beach Marriott on January 8, 2013 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Alabama will lose some big-time players to the NFL this year, including running back Eddie Lacy, guard Chance Warmack, cornerback Dee Milliner, offensive tackle D.J. Fluker and center Barrett Jones.

Good thing the Crimson Tide currently have the No. 2 recruiting class in the country, according to ESPN.

Alabama has racked up 14 ESPN 300 commits so far, including 10 ESPN 150 commits.

That includes athlete Derrick Henry, wide receiver Robert Foster, defensive ends Jonathan Allen and Tim Williams, tight end O.J. Howard, running backs Tyren Jones and Altee Tenpenny, cornerback Maurice Smith and guard Grant Hill.

That's not to mention the fact that quarterback A.J. McCarron and outside linebacker C.J. Mosley will stay in school, as well as dynamic young running back T.J. Yeldon.

Beyond that, Alabama is still pursuing 5-star offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, as well as 4-star defensive tackle and former Auburn commit Dee Liner (who may have one of the most appropriate names in college football history).

The rich get richer.

Beyond Nick Saban's superior coaching abilities, we've also witnessed his expert recruiting abilities throughout his career. The combination has proven deadly, as the Crimson Tide have won three of the last four titles.

It should be criminal for a team with so much talent to have so much depth. This program figures to not even miss a beat and some believe the stretch the Crimson Tide have gone on in the last four years is merely the tip of the iceberg.

Saban, who has helped procure a top-three recruiting class dating all the way back to 2008, is at it again. The rest of the college football world can only sit back and admire his brilliance. As one top player departs, another fills his spot like clockwork...and the wheel goes round and round.

Anybody thinking Alabama will struggle to fill the holes left by the departed is either delusional, an Auburn fan or both.


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