Thanksgiving week storylines

The University of Alabama has done extremely well with the class of 2012 which includes a top three national ranking. Andrew Bone takes a look at the top 10 storylines the week of Thanksgiving.

High ranking

The Alabama coaching staff has the No. 1 class in the SEC with more good news expected by signing day. The Crimson Tide has a very good chance to close strong with several members of the Scout 300 in the mix to end up in Tuscaloosa. Alabama should remain in the top three on signing day with a chance to push even higher.

Meeting needs

Coach Nick Saban is focused on filling needs on both sides of the ball regardless of the stars and ranking. Alabama is expected to lose several linebackers in the next two years. The coaching staff has done extremely well by landing prospects like Reggie Ragland, Tyler Hayes, Dillon Lee and Ryan Anderson. These four players are big, physical and athletic and all look like they can suit up for the Tide on Saturday. Alabama has also done well at the receiver position with two of the top wide outs in Florida in Chris Black and Amari Cooper. Casey Gladney might end up as the steal of the class if he qualifies. National 100 prospect Eddie Williams (6-4, 205) might see his skill set as a playmaker on offense. Alabama still has needs to meet especially in the secondary and defensive line.

Finish strong

Alabama has several high profile recruits remaining on the board including Jordan Jenkins, Landon Collins, Eddie Goldman, Cyrus Jones, Travell Dixon, Daniel McCullers, Dalvin Tomlinson, Kwon Alexander, Quay Evans, Denzell Devall, etc. Alabama typically finishes strong, and expect several of these prospects to sign with the Tide. A couple of players will decide real soon with graduation set for December.

Looking again

Jameis Winston, Florida State commitment, visited Alabama three times this season. He never made it to Tallahassee. Stanford commitment Noor Davis, Stanford commitment, visited Alabama for the game against LSU. He remains committed, but options may appear a little more open. Torshiro Davis, LSU commitment. will visit Alabama in January. He appears solid with his commitment, but still taking visits. T.J. Yeldon, Auburn commitment, is solid with his decision. An outside shot of landing an official visit from the running back before signing day.

Hold on tight

Other schools have recruited a few of the Tide commitments including Dillon Lee, Brandon Greene, Justin Taylor, Justin Thomas and Kenyan Drake. Alabama doesn't appear in danger of losing any of their February signees at this point. Lee has visited Georgia a few times this year to see his older brother, Dallas Lee, play for the Bulldogs. Georgia has been relentless in their recruiting efforts, and it appears an official visit is in the making for Athens.

Strong start

Alabama is off and running in the class of 2013. Three players have already committed including the nation's top linebacker, Reuben Foster. The Peach State prospect will also battle for the No. 1 overall spot in the country. Alabama has in-state commitments from offensive tackle Bradley Bozeman and tight end O.J. Howard. Another Nationally recognized elite prospect who has the Tide high on the list also includes five-star Robert Nkemdiche.

National title

Recruits from coast-to-coast notice teams playing for the national championship. Dominos fell last weekend for the Tide to get back in the big show if they also beat Auburn this weekend. Alabama plays for their second national title in the past three years if everything projected happens accordingly. Anything can happen as witnessed in college football last week.

Showcase event

Alabama hosted one of the largest number of high-profile recruits in recent memory for any college football game the weekend LSU was in Tuscaloosa. It was the type of atmosphere recruits who were on campus will have a hard time forgetting. The Tide and Bengal Tigers may benefit for years to come, and especially players remembering Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Show up early

Alabama will lose key players this year due to graduation or leaving early for the NFL draft. Alabama has brought in several players in January the past few years from high school or junior college. Players graduating early from high school include Chris Black, Amari Cooper, Dillon Lee, Ryan Anderson and Adam Griffith. Junior college players, Travell Dixon and Daniel McCullers, will also enroll next semester at the school of their choice. Another possibility is Deion Belue.

T-town is home

It's hard to win 10 college football games a season in any conference. Nick Saban has done it four years in a row in the SEC. He plans to remain in Tuscaloosa until retiring to his favorite place on the lake in the bordering state. Recruits look for stability in a program, and Alabama is set for a while with their head coach.

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