Alabama Football Recruiting: Commits That Will Make Quickest Impact on Team

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistFebruary 6, 2013

Many of the top recruits in the country took the chance on Wednesday (Feb. 6) to play for the two-time defending national champions in Alabama. Fans of the team will not be able to wait until they see these top players on campus.

The problem is that the team is once again loaded for next year, even considering the talent that either graduated or declared for the NFL draft.

This will limit the opportunities for even the top players of this year's class, as the high-profile recruits from past years finally get a chance to start.

However, a few prospects will be able to see the field relatively early for the Crimson Tide. These players are not necessarily the best players in the class, but they could get some playing time as soon as next season.

Note: All photos courtesy of 247 Sports.


Robert Foster, Wide Receiver

Not to be confused with Reuben Foster, the elite linebacker who will likely be behind a few other players on the depth chart, Robert Foster can step on the field almost immediately.

The receiver has the speed and size to be a great downfield threat for AJ McCarron.

He also has the ability to make things happen once the ball is in his hands. This could cause the coaching staff to call quick screen plays to get him the ball more often. 

Besides Amari Cooper, Alabama had few impact players in the receiving corps. As McCarron grows as a passer, he will need targets he can trust.

Foster will be one of those players from the day he steps on campus. 


Alvin Kamara, Running Back

Down the road, Derrick Henry might be the better running back. He is big and strong and is the type of downhill runner that Nick Saban loves in his backfield.

However, the team already has a player like that in T.J. Yeldon. After 1,108 rushing yards in his freshman season, Yeldon is not going anywhere.

On the other hand, Alvin Kamara is a much better complement to Yeldon as a third-down back. He is a better outside runner, who can break tackles and get big gains. In addition, he has good hands and can catch passes out of the backfield.

Kamara has a lower ceiling than other running back recruits, but he will be a part of the team's quest to three-peat as national champions.


Dee Liner, Defensive Line

The defensive lineman can legitimately play either tackle or end, and it is his versatility that should allow him to see the field early.

The Crimson Tide lost a lot of depth on the defensive line last year. While there are solid players on the roster, the new batch of recruits will be needed early on in their careers.

A'Shawn Robinson will also compete for playing time, but Liner's ability to take on blockers to set up teammates will be invaluable next season.

The Alabama native has a lot of talent and should end next season as either the starting defensive tackle or defensive end.



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