Who Is Left on Alabama's Recruiting Board: Is It Enough To Catch The Longhorns?

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Who Is Left on Alabama's Recruiting Board: Is It Enough To Catch The Longhorns?
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BCS Champ. Heisman Winner. #1 Recruiting Class?

Since stepping foot on the campus in Tuscaloosa, Nick Saban has made recruiting priority number one. If you don't have the athletes to compete, then it makes it a lot harder to win the SEC and BCS Championship.

After bringing home both trophies last year, running the gauntlet through a brutal schedule to go 14-0, and also molding the current Heisman Trophy winner, what is left for the Tide?

Next up? Repeat.

And how do you do that?

Continue to bring in top-level talent, just as he has done since he arrived. Never has the University of Alabama brought in young men with such athletic ability and intelligence as the current bunch wearing Crimson.

Current Signing Class:

With 18 verbal commitments in hand, who is left on Nick Saban’s radar for the Class of 2011?

Before we take a guess at the next members of ‘Bama’s freshman crop, let’s take a look at the current verbals to figure out which position(s) are left on the board for the Alabama coaches to fill.

Here is a quick list by position of the 18 current commitments: (Home state in parentheses)

QB (1)  – Phillip Ely (FL)

RB (0)  – None

WR (4)Bradley Sylve (LA); Marvin Shinn (AL); Daryl Collins (AL); Danny Woodson (AL)

TE (1)Malcolm Faciane (MS)

OL (2)Ryan Kelly (OH, Center); Isaac Luatua (CA, Guard)

DT (3)Quinton Dial (MS, JUCO); D.J. Pettway (FL); Jesse Williams (AZ – Australia, JUCO)

DE (1)LaMichael Fanning (GA)

LB (4)Trey DePriest (OH); Vinnie Sunseri (AL); Shannon Brown (GA); Brent Calloway (AL)

S (1)Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix (FL)

CB (1)Jabriel Washington (TN)


Looking at this list, you can clearly see which positions are lacking.

Alabama still has needs at running back, both the offensive and defensive line, and the secondary. Let’s take a look at the possible signees for each position...

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