Most schools are happy to add just one blue-chip recruit during a 24-hour period. On Saturday, Alabama landed five.
I am now committing to the university of Alabama 🐘🐘🐘🐘💯🏈 pic.twitter.com/mgrhK7qnX3— c.o.r boyz (@ridley_calvin) April 19, 2014
I'm committed to Alabama! 🐘💯🏈✊— shawn Burgess (@_SBB2) April 19, 2014
Then came 5-star cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick, per Rivals' Adam Friedman:
Four-star linebacker Leo Lewis was No. 4, per Alabama Commit Alert:
2015 4-star linebacker Leo Lewis (Brookhaven, MS) has committed to the University of Alabama. http://t.co/DwgTCUi15K— AlabamaCommitAlert (@Commit_Alert) April 19, 2014
Jovon Durante was the fifth recruit and second 4-star wideout to announce that he was headed to Tuscaloosa, per TideSports.com's Andrew Bone:
Commitment No.5 of the day for the Crimson Tide comes from four-star WR Jovon Durante. Was committed to #WestVirginia.— Andrew Bone (@AndrewJBone) April 19, 2014
Bone has since reported that Durante hasn't "officially" committed to Alabama, but his arrival is imminent:
Just received word that Jovon Durante has not made his commitment to #Alabama "official" yet. Expect to happen within a few days.— Andrew Bone (@AndrewJBone) April 20, 2014
Many will look at Alabama head coach Nick Saban as the biggest reason for so many high-profile signings. However, offensive line coach Mario Cristobal, who recruited Burgess-Becker, Fitzpatrick and Ridley, deserves some serious credit:
Minkah Fitzpatrick, Calvin Ridley and Shawn Burgess-Becker were all recruited by #Alabama OL coach Mario Cristobal.— Andrew Bone (@AndrewJBone) April 19, 2014
Fitzpatrick is the cream of the crop. He ranks 30th overall and is the fourth-best cornerback in 247Sports' composite rankings. The product of St. Peter's Prep in New Jersey can be the next great corner at Alabama, following in the footsteps of stars like Dre Kirkpatrick, Javier Arenas and Dee Milliner.
That's to say nothing of his four future teammates, all of whom rank in the top 150 on 247Sports.
It should come as no surprise that on Saturday, Alabama supplanted Penn State atop the Class of 2015 rankings.
The way that the Crimson Tide continue to reload each and every year is astounding. Their success on the recruiting trail is a testament to Saban and his coaching staff's ability.
So many college football fans wonder when the Tide's dominance will cease. Every college football dynasty reaches its end sooner or later.
With Alabama, it's hard to fathom that time will come, as Saban is once again ensuring that his team's future is in good hands.