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Commitments – 4-star Lester Cotton, 4-star Richie Petitbon, 4-star Dallas Warmack
Top Targets – 4-star Matthew Burrell, 4-star Drew Richmond, 4-star Javon Patterson
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After focusing on offensive tackles in the 2014 class, the interior positions along the offensive line are among the biggest needs in the 2015 cycle.
With early pledges from three players—Lester Cotton, Richie Petitbon and Dallas Warmack—ranked among the nation's top 10 guards in this class, the Tide have already hit a home run at that position.
The focus in filling out the rest of the class will likely shift to adding at least one quality tackle.
Some tackles to focus on in the summer include Martez Ivey, Drew Richmond and Matthew Burrell.
Ivey is a Florida native and is perceived to be a lean to the home-standing Gators.
As Power recently mentioned, Saban is aggressively pursuing Richmond—even contacting him while he was at the NFL draft earlier this month.
"He just told me he wanted to see me up there in a couple of years coming from Alabama," Richmond said. "He was up there with Cyrus (Kouandjio) and Ha Ha (Clinton-Dix). I was excited to talk to Coach Saban while he was at the draft. That was special."
Burrell hails from the same area in Virginia that has seen the Tide land Jonathan Allen and Da'Shawn Hand in the last two years. With those connections, he's someone to keep an eye on if and when he visits Tuscaloosa.