Christian Miller is the latest top-tier linebacker headed to Tuscaloosa. (247Sports)
The Crimson Tide have a proud history of superstar defensive stalwarts. That tradition appears to remain intact judging by Alabama's latest recruiting efforts.
The team continues to replenish its defense with this class, highlighted by a great haul in the secondary. Kalvaraz Bessent, Stephen Roberts and Chris Williams fit the mold of defensive backs in Nick Saban's system, one that has churned out top NFL prospects on a regular basis.
Bessent, the nation's 10th-best cornerback according to 247Sports composite rankings, doesn't rely solely on his speed in coverage. The 6'0", 170-pound Georgia recruit is an absolute bump-and-run cover man, who plays physical downfield without crossing the line and drawing penalties.
Roberts is almost an identical prospect in terms of approach. 247Sports composite rankings list him as another 4-star for Saban and he could force his way onto the field early as a threat in the special teams return game.
Williams will overachieve at Alabama, where safeties are valued more than almost anywhere else in the country. Another Georgia recruit, Williams closes space in a hurry and plays with reckless abandon, a trait that could ultimately be a double-edged sword until he settles into the scheme.
Linebackers Shaun Dion Hamilton, Zach Whitley and Christian Miller are among the nation's best and fit the bill as tall, physically imposing defenders in the Tide defense. Each player brings a different specialty to the field.
Miller, listed as the second-best outside linebacker in America according to 247Sports composite rankings, is a monstrous 6'4, 225-pound playmaker from South Carolina. He projects as Alabama's premier stand-up edge rusher and could occasionally line up with his hand in the dirt.
Hamilton and Whitley are more inclined to play inside, where there should be room for both players to earn a spot. Whitley, a Texan, and Hamilton, an Alabama native, are both considered top-10 inside linebacker prospects according to 247Sports composite rankings.
When you add it up, Alabama is welcoming in three top-tier linebackers. That's a recipe for continued defensive dominance in Tuscaloosa.