The Big Finish: Offense

The University of Alabama has the top recruiting class in the SEC and looking to finish even stronger nationally before the first Wednesday in February. Andrew Bone takes a look at the top remaining offensive targets for the Crimson Tide.


Jameis Winston

Quick Hitter: The five-star quarterback, from Hueytown, Ala., committed to Florida State prior to the start of his senior season. He did not travel to Tallahassee this season for a game. He did visit Alabama twice, and Auburn once. Alabama head coach Nick Saban and Kirby Smart visited Winston on Monday. There is definitely interest on both sides.

Jeremy Liggins

Quick Hitter: The three-star rated quarterback from Oxford-Lafayette, Miss., is a jumbo athlete who can play a number of different positions. Alabama is recruiting as an athlete. The Tide along with Auburn, Ole Miss and LSU appear as the serious contenders.

T.J. Yeldon

Quick Hitter: The National 100 running back, from Daphne, Ala., committed to Auburn in June. Alabama definitely has an interest in the talented ball carrier. Teammate Ryan Anderson, who is committed to the Tide, wants to continue their friendship on the same college team. Yeldon visited Alabama three times during the season, but he appears solid with his college choice.

Barry Sanders

Quick Hitter: The National 100 running back, from Oklahoma City-Heritage hall, Okla., had put recruiting on the back burner for a while. He doesn't talk much to the media about his recruitment. He did take an official visit to Alabama in October and has visited Tuscaloosa several times. He might announce a decision at the Under Armour All-America game. The finalists include Alabama, Florida State, Oklahoma State and Stanford.

Dorial Green-Beckham

Quick Hitter: The five-star wide receiver, from Springfield, Mo., has Alabama on the outside looking in for the nation's top receiver. The Tide may receive an official visit in January before he announces a decision. It appears Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri are the lead candidates for his signature.

Cyrus Jones

Quick Hitter: The Five-star wide receiver from Baltimore-Gilma, Md., is expected to make an announcement within the next two weeks. Alabama has been considered the team to beat for a while. Jones said schools are even between Alabama, Auburn and Virginia Tech following his visit to the Plains. The Hokies have made a strong push. Alabama remains in great shape for the elite athlete.

Josh Harvey-Clemons

Quick Hitter: The five-star outside linebacker from Valdosta-Lowdnes, Ga., is one of the top athletes in the country. He projects on the defensive side of the ball, but Alabama is recruiting the 6-foot-4, 210-pound prospect as a wide receiver. Alabama will likely receive an official visit. The Tide is in the top three with Georgia and Florida.

Kurt Freitag

Quick Hitter: The Peach State three-star tight end, from Buford, Ga., planned to announce a decision in September and pushed it back to October. He is now ready to pull the trigger and announce next Monday. Alabama and Florida are at the front of the pack. Teammate, Dillon Lee, is committed to Alabama.

Avery Young

Quick Hitter: Alabama was always a team in the mix for the five-star offensive tackle, from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., but really didn't become a strong contender until his official visit to Tuscaloosa. Young has Alabama among his top three schools which also includes Auburn and Georgia. He does not have a time-frame for a decision.

Arik Armstead

Quick Hitter: Alabama received an official visit from the nation's top recruit and five-star offensive tackle, from Elk Grove-Pleasant Grove, Claif., when the Tide hosted LSU. The former USC commitment is taking all official visits before making a final decision. Armstead is likely to stay on the West Coast.

This is a list of primarily the most discussed elite prospects on the offensive side of the ball. The Alabama coaching staff is possibly looking at other prospects who may end up the the Tide's class of 2012.

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