Alabama Football: Why Defensive Back Is Tide's Biggest 2014 Recruiting Need
Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Alabama again boasts an outstanding haul of incoming talent, as Nick Saban continues to collect commitments from stars of the class of 2014.
The Crimson Tide currently have the nation's No. 1 recruiting class, according to 247Sports rankings, and are on track to finish among the top five for a sixth consecutive season.
Life is good for the two-time defending national champions. It could become even better if Saban is able to punctuate this recruiting cycle with additions at a key position of need.
Alabama began this cycle aiming to fill holes on the offensive line and at linebacker, positions where the roster features several seniors and juniors. Saban has solidified those spots with commitments from coveted high school seniors, including No. 1 offensive tackle prospect Cameron Robinson and a trio of 4-star linebackers (Christian Miller, Zach Whitley and Shaun Hamilton).
With those positional needs effectively crossed off the list for 2014, top-tier defensive backs are now squarely in Alabama's cross-hairs.
Saban would bolster an immensely impressive group of future SEC standouts by acquiring more secondary help.
The Crimson Tide will see a significant exodus from its defensive backfield after this season.
Experienced cornerbacks Deion Belue and John Fulton are both seniors, while junior safety HaHa Clinton-Dix is considered a first-round prospect in the 2014 NFL draft, per ESPN's Mel Kiper.
Nick Perry, who played an important role in the secondary during last year's title run, is also a senior. Junior Vinnie Sunseri, a rising star at strong safety, could ultimately be tempted to depart Tuscaloosa early in order to enter the NFL draft.
Saban has secured commitments from an excellent contingent of 2014 defensive backs so far. Still, the Crimson Tide are in search of more playmakers for the back end of the defense.
Which potential defensive back commitment would mean the most for Alabama?
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