Speedster Bradley Sylve is one-fourth of Alabama's outstanding haul at wide receiver.
The Crimson Tide had one of the top statistical defenses of 2010 no matter how you slice it, and won at least a few of its midseason games practically in spite of a sputtering offense.
Yet its 2011 recruiting class is one of the year's strongest offensively, featuring no less than four outstanding wide receiver commits, a top center, a 4-star tight end, and a 4-star quarterback, with designs on a 5-star running back and tackle as well.
Marvin Shinn, Daryl Collins, Bradley Sylve, and Danny Woodson comprise the strongest wide receiver haul in the country. Shinn, Woodson, and Sylve are an ideal X-Y-Z rotation comparable to USC's signing of Robert Woods, Kyle Prater, and Markeith Ambles in the 2010 class.
Commit Ryan Kelly is the No. 7 center in the country (and should be higher). Mobile and athletic, he's Scout's No. 3 prospect at the position.
Tight end Malcolm Faciane is a 4-star and the No. 17 tight end in the class out of Picayune, Mississippi. He boasts a pre-professional build and will fit effortlessly in Bama's block-and-release approach to the position.
Finally, QB Phillip Ely was a surprise commitment to Bama. The 4-star quarterback led his Tampa team to an undefeated season and back-to-back championships as a sophomore and junior.
The Tide are still chasing big-time signees at running back and tackle. Five-star OT Cyrus Kouandjio and 5-star RB Isaiah Crowell would make this perhaps the best offensive class in the country if they chose the Tide.