Recruiting battles: Alabama vs. LSU

Andrew Bone takes a look at past recruits and current prospects who go head-to-head with the Alabama Crimson Tide vs. LSU Tigers.


Trent Richardson, Alabama, running back

Alabama's Heisman hopeful committed to the Tide, but kept fans on the edge of their seats until national signing day. LSU was relentless in their recruiting efforts for one of the top ball carriers in the country. Richardson had the Tigers and Gators in hot pursuit, but he stayed true to his word.

Rueben Randle, LSU, wide receiver

The No. 1 player in Louisiana visited Tuscaloosa several times, and Alabama fans were hopeful to pull an upset. Randle decided to stay home and committed to the Tigers on national signing day. He has become one of the premier receivers in the country.

Luther Davis, Alabama, defensive end

Nick Saban managed to flip the LSU commitment shortly after his arrival in Tuscaloosa. This came at a time when LSU fans were not too happy about Saban's return to college football and to an SEC-rival. Davis was a solid contributor on the Alabama defensive line and helped the Tide in their winning of the 2009 national championship.

Kenny Bell, Alabama, wide receiver

Bell was a long time LSU commitment. He visited Alabama during the season, but kept a very low profile about the trips. Bell pulled the surprise when he flipped his commitment to the Crimson Tide. Bell was ‘Recruit X' who was predicted would sign with the Tide in the No. 1 recruiting class. Bell will see plenty of action Saturday against the Tigers.

Landon Collins, safety, undecided

Collins remains uncommitted in the class of 2012. Like Randle, he is the No. 1 recruit in the state of Louisiana. He has visited Alabama and LSU several times. He plans to announce his decision at the Under Armour All-America game. Alabama has a realistic chance for the five-star recruit and will take an official visit to Tuscaloosa this weekend.

Tyler Edwards, tight end, LSU

All signs were pointing to Alabama for Edwards' signature for a while. He visited Tuscaloosa several times. His older brother, Eric Edwards, was a tight end on Nick Saban's 2003 national championship team at LSU. Edwards announced his commitment to LSU at the Under Armour All-America game.

Chris Tolliver, wide receiver, LSU

Some may have forgotten how close this recruiting battle was between LSU and Alabama. He only took official visits to Tuscaloosa and Baton Rouge. He named Alabama his favorite after an official visit, but traveled to LSU the next week. The Tigers came out on top for his signature.

Justin Maclin, linebacker, LSU

Maclin was an early commitment for LSU, but it was an intense recruiting battle from the beginning. One day Alabama was in the lead, and the next it was LSU. He committed to the Tigers and never waivered on his decision.

Barkevious Mingo, defensive end, LSU

Alabama and LSU were among his favorite schools along with Michigan. He took official visits, but kept people guessing all the way until signing day. Most predicted Mingo to LSU the days leading up to his announcement. He has made a big impact this season rushing the passer for the Tigers.

Darrington Sentimore, defensive end, Alabama

Sentimore was a top in-state recruit for LSU. He was considered a Tiger lean from the start of his recruitment. Alabama did a great job recruiting him away from his home state and secured his commitment in the fall. He visited Baton Rouge the weekend before national signing day. Sentimore signed with Alabama, but he is no longer with the team.

Joe McKnight, running back, USC

McKnight was one of the most highly recruited prospects in the state of Louisiana and got away from the Tide and Tigers. Many assumed he would commit to LSU. Nick Saban had one month to recruit him. He never considered Alabama until Saban arrived and took an official visit to Tuscaloosa. LSU was surprised when he left for the West Coast. McKnight was drafted in the NFL fourth round by the New York Jets.

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