This is not the recruiting class I was expecting out of Alabama at this stage.
Instead of running back or linebacker, the Tide's deepest position right now is at wide receiver, with four verbals.
The best among them is Marvin Shinn, a 6'3", 170-lb burner out of Pritchard, Alabama. Joining him is Bradley Sylve, a 5'10.5", 175-lb slot star with 4.4 speed; Darryl Collins of Gadsden, AL; and Danny Woodson of Mobile, AL.
Wide receiver might be the deepest position, but defensive back is still the strongest. The Tide are sitting on their next great strong safety, HaSean Clinton-Dix, out of Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, FL. The hard-hitting athlete is Scout's top safety recruit overall.
Clinton-Dix is joined at cornerback by Jabriel Washington, a 5'11", 165-lb athlete who needs practice at press coverage but otherwise projects as one of the most versatile CBs in the class. Both are B/R top 50 talents.
The Tide also have two good players at the LB and DL level. LaMichael Fanning is Scout's No. 12 defensive end, a monster 6'7", 270-pounder out of Auburn, AL. He could end up playing tackle if he grows out of the DL position.
Per Scout, OLB Brent Calloway notched over 100 tackles and 22 sacks as a junior. The 6'3", 225-lb linebacker is listed with 4.5 speed, outstanding for a linebacker.
I expect an elite running back and at least a few more top-tier defenders in this class, along with some beef on the offensive line. Depending on how well the Tide charge out of the gate this fall, they could really shake up both uncommitted and committed recruits pondering a Tide offer.