Alabama Football Recruiting: Tide's National Signing Day Wish List
College football's national signing day is right around the corner and Alabama coach Nick Saban is working tirelessly on closing up yet another top class for the Crimson Tide.
Currently, Alabama has signed 20 recruits to letters of intent, including 14 that have been given 4- or 5-star ratings according to Scout.com.
With the current SEC limit of 25 scholarships per year, this leaves the Tide with just five openings at the moment. As luck would have it, there are still 10 players on Scout's Top 100 list that have expressed legitimate interest in playing at Alabama. Saban has already poached nine off of this elite list.
If Saban can close the deal on just half of these coveted athletes, the Tide will once again wrap up a top recruiting class.
Here are the 10 players that Alabama is looking to choose from, along with their national rankings and positions.
2. Reuben Foster (MLB)
Foster is the most coveted linebacker in the country by most accounts.
His recruitment has been a roller-coaster ride, to say the least. After committing to Alabama in 2011, Foster switched his allegiance to rival Auburn last year. After the firing of Tigers coach Gene Chizik, Foster again changed his mind and reopened his recruitment.
This month, Foster has visited Alabama and Washington, but scout.com reports that he has a trip to Georgia scheduled for this weekend. Any speculation as to where he might end up is little more than a guess.
Still, the fact that he was once committed to the Tide may have 'Bama at or near the top of his list.
7. Laremy Tunsil (OT)
We all know the value that Saban places on his offensive line.
Tunsil is the top-rated lineman in the country according to scout.com and would close out a stellar class of linemen for the Tide that already includes Huntsville's Grant Hill and JUCO transfer Leon Brown.
Tunsil has visited Alabama and Georgia already in 2013 and lists the two as his top choices at the moment, even though there is speculation that the Dawgs may have the inside track on the senior from Lake City, Florida.
His has upcoming visits scheduled with Florida State and Ole Miss.
9. Eddie Vanderdoes (DT)
Scout.com ranks Vanderdoes second among defensive tackles in this class.
The California native has shown interest in Notre Dame and a trio of Pac-12 schools along with Alabama.
Vanderdoes has not been specific as to where he might end up, and has a trip to Tuscaloosa scheduled for February 1. While his last visit of the season will be with the Tide, common sense might suggest that he is more likely to stay a little closer to home.
11. Montravius Adams (DT)
Adams is another high school senior who has not made any formal announcements of his future plans.
After racking up 127 tackles, 31 for loss, and seven sacks as a senior, Adams has earned his national attention.
He has visited Clemson, Florida and Alabama already and scout.com reports that he will travel to Athens this weekend to check out the Georgia campus.
The Tide would do well to close the deal on either Adams or Vanderdoes, but Adams is the more likely of the two.
13. Matthew Thomas (OLB)
If the Tide can't lock up Foster, Matthew Thomas of Miami, Florida would be a suitable replacement.
Thomas has narrowed his search to Alabama, Florida State, USC and Georgia. He will visit the latter in the next two weeks after visiting Alabama in early January according to scout.com.
He will need to add size and strength to have an immediate impact at the college level, but his speed and upside are what have everyone watching.
25. Vonn Bell (S)
Bell is an all-around athlete.
As a high school junior, Bell had 180 tackles, five interceptions, forced three fumbles and ran back three fumbles for touchdowns. He also had 487 receiving yards and six touchdowns.
At Alabama, Bell could fill either the safety or corner role.
He is interested in Alabama, Ohio State and Tennessee and was in Tuscaloosa last weekend as reported by scout.com.
31. Antonio Conner (S)
Out of Batesville, Mississippi, Conner was a high school star on offense, defense and special teams. Rated nationally by scout.com as the third-best safety, Conner will likely spend his college years in the defensive backfield.
While he still has a visit scheduled with Mississippi State, I suspect that Connor is more likely to end up at 'Bama or Ole Miss.
At Alabama, he and Bell would be the only safeties of the incoming class, although the Tide has signed a pair of top cornerbacks.
Again, Alabama would do well to get one of the two.
48. Dee Liner (DT)
Liner is another former Auburn commit who has reopened his recruitment.
The Muscle Shoals native is now considering the Tide and scout.com reports that he visited Tuscaloosa just over a week ago.
Unless there are any late changes, it is highly likely that Liner will take the field for Alabama in 2013. In his junior season, Liner recorded 17 sacks and forced five fumbles.
69. Alvin Kamara (RB)
Alabama already has signed a pair of top running backs in Derrick Henry and Tyren Jones. This may make it a tough sell to bring in the Norcross, Georgia senior.
Kamara visited the Tide last weekend and scout.com says he will check out Georgia this Saturday.
As a senior, Kamara tallied over 2400 yards and 26 touchdowns for Norcross.
This one is really tough to call as both Alabama and Georgia are loaded with young running backs and gaining playing time early in his career at either school will be tough to do.
84. Altee Tenpenny
Tenpenny, out of Little Rock, is currently a soft verbal commit for the Tide according to scout.com. That said, he did have an official visit with Arkansas just last weekend.
While it is most likely that he will end up in Alabama, there is reason for concern here as Tenpenny might find it easier to crack the rotation at Arkansas much earlier.
Along with Kamara, Alabama would do well to sign one of these two in addition to Henry and Jones.