Nick Saban may have stared up at the likes of Texas A&M and Penn State in national recruiting rankings during early periods of the 2015 cycle, but his team is back in a familiar position at No. 1. Alabama continued to distance itself from the pack Monday when it landed a commitment from 4-star defensive tackle T.D. Moton.
The dominant Louisiana product shared his decision on Twitter:
The 6'2.5", 310-pound prospect pledged in person while spending time in Tuscaloosa for a camp. He is the 18th member of a 2015 Crimson Tide class that now features 13 composite 4-star recruits.
Moton didn't play a single snap of football in 2013, as he was forced to sit out his junior season due to transfer rules after arriving at Woodlawn High School (Shreveport, Louisiana). He emerged as a disruptive interior defender during his sophomore season, tallying 50 tackles with Calvary Baptist Academy, per MaxPreps.
He previously pledged to Mississippi State but backed off that verbal pact in January. Texas A&M and LSU were also in the mix during recent months before Alabama emerged as his favorite.
Moton moves extremely well at his size and appears capable of lining up at 5-technique in Saban's system. He may quickly draw comparisons to former Crimson Tide star Marcel Dareus, who currently plays for the Buffalo Bills.
Moton's commitment maintains mounting momentum at Alabama. He is the third 2015 addition in eight days, joining 3-star linebacker Keaton Anderson (Florence, Alabama) and 4-star tight end Hale Hentges (Jefferson City, Missouri).
The Crimson Tide are quickly running away with the 2015 recruiting title, which would be the program's fifth consecutive consensus No. 1 finish.
According to 247Sports' composite team rankings, the talent gap between Alabama and Clemson's class (rated No. 2 right now) is equal to the gap between Clemson and South Carolina (No. 8).
At this point, it seems things would really have to unravel for the Tide before signing day in order for another team to surge into the top spot. Considering Saban's track record, that scenario is unlikely.
Alabama has again assembled a well-rounded crop of talent, featuring 11 prospects who rank among the top six players at their respective positions in 247Sports' composite rankings.
Recruiting success spreads far beyond the Tide's home turf.
Saban landed the top-rated recruits in New Jersey (cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick) and Washington D.C. (offensive lineman Richie Petitbon), the No. 2 recruit in Missouri (Hentges), No. 3 in Mississippi (linebacker Leo Lewis) and No. 5 in Louisiana (wide receiver Daylon Charlot).
The team remains in pursuit of a quarterback prospect and could address the position by reaching out to California. Anaheim standout Travis Waller, a 4-star talent, has seen his recruitment intensify in recent weeks, with Alabama rising to the forefront:
There remains room for growth in Saban's latest star-studded haul, which should serve as a scary thought for opponents. Alabama is firmly in the mix for 5-star difference-makers like defensive end CeCe Jefferson (Glen Saint Mary, Florida), linebacker Malik Jefferson (Mesquite, Texas), defensive tackle Daron Payne (Birmingham, Alabama) and athlete Terry Godwin (Hogansville, Georgia).
The latest flurry of commitments gives Alabama eight pledges since its spring game on April 19. Not bad for a squad that finished last season on its first losing streak in five years.
Alabama was unseated as national champion five months ago, but the program continues to back up its claim as undisputed recruiting king.
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