Alabama Football: Crimson Tide Rises as Signing Day Approaches

Tim CroleySenior Analyst IJanuary 22, 2008

The future appears to be so bright in T-Town everyone may soon be purchasing a new hat to shade the light.  Yes it is true, the houndstooth, as legendary and sentimental as it may be, will be relegated to the closet as the straw hats are  donned.

Call it genius, call it magic, call it underhanded.  Whatever your opinion may be, the truth is evident in the numbers. As of today reports that the Crimson Tide recruiting class ranks No. 2 in the nation with verbal commitments. 

The likes of Tyler Love, an offensive lineman who looms over opponents like some kind of Goliath, heads a class identical in quality: monstrous.

In fact, the size of this class has already brought forth issues.  They will need to figure out how to provide scholarships and conquer roster limitations.  But rest assured, everyone will find their place.  And with the signing of what appears to be nearly 30 players, the Crimson Tide is inching its way back to the top of the college football elites.

No, the Tide has not yet reached the top, nor is it within view of the peak.  But the progress made thus far has revived hope in the hearts of Bama fans everywhere, a hope so long diminished. 

It was the hiring of Saban, Bama's Spring Training, and last year's A-Day game with and attendance of 90,000+ that sparked new life in the program and awoke so many from a stubborn depression. 

If scoring on the very first offensive play of Saban's tenure was not enough to do it, the Tide's last minute heroics in the Arkansas game vaulted Bama to a win and a 3-0 start to the season, raising the spirits of Bama fans to heights intimidating all opponents.

Since that time there have been highs and lows.  However, it is true that mostly the low points have taken the spotlight.  Bama, after demolishing the SEC East champion Tennessee Volunteers, was brought back to the reality. 

But a bowl win over Colorado soothed the sores of most fans.  And it seems all that's left to do in order to counter seasons and seasons of failure is the execution of a historic recruiting period, one that could signal the rise of the Tide.

Julio Jones, an outstanding athlete from Foley, AL , could be a great addition.  The wide receiver, once ranking as high as No. 2 overall player in the nation by, is holding out until signing day to make his commitment official.  His presence with the Crimson Tide could yield immediate impact, providing QB John Parker Wilson with another target—much needed now that there is a vacuum of senior leadership at wide receiver with DJ Hall (Bama's all-time leader in so many wide receiving stats) leaving.

Flip-flopping back and forth with Georgia at the No. 2 and No. 3 spots has not really seemed to be a factor in any aspect of the recruiting process.  Whether Bama lands at  No. 2 or No. 3 or wherever it may be on February 6th's National Letter of Intent Day, one truth remains—Bama is coming back. 

It probably will not be as evident this year as in the years to come, but take note: This class will mark the start of a newly championship-worthy University of Alabama!