Eight of Alabama’s 26-member signing class of 2014 are already on campus, getting a head start on courses and gearing up for spring practice.
Some will be able to play right away due to personal ability and scarcity at their position. Others will be relegated to special teams duties or a redshirt because of a high volume of players already in place.
The Crimson Tide have seen freshmen like T.J. Yeldon, Amari Cooper and O.J. Howard arrive a semester early and have an immediate impact. Others, like defensive lineman A’Shawn Robinson, finished out their senior year of high school and still saw playing time when they got to campus.
Enrolling early isn't necessarily a predictor of future success, but can’t hurt, either.
With that in mind, here are predictions for how Alabama’s eight early enrollees will fare this season.
All recruiting information comes courtesy of 247Sports.
All quotes were obtained firsthand, unless otherwise noted.