That means that Saban and company have efficient recruiting plans that have proven elite. With one commitment already in 2014, local running back Bo Scarborough, it's no secret that the staff has been working juniors for some time.
In addition to hosting a star-studded Junior Day on January 26, in which several scholarship offers went out, Saban worked the phones for the next group on national signing day.
"I think we're all relieved when it finally gets done," he said of the 2013 class Wednesday. "But I spend a lot of time always on signing day starting on next year's recruiting."
By all accounts, the class will be headlined where it always is, near the top of the national rankings both from a team and individual sense. America's top player in the class according to FOXSportsNEXT/Scout.com is Da'Shawn Hand, a versatile defensive end that has already narrowed his schools down to a top five. Alabama made the cut and he's already spent considerable time on campus.
No. 1 prospect Da'Shawn Hand is high on the Tide.
Hand is the headliner on defense, while his offensive counterpart is one that is said to be the best current high school offensive lineman regardless of class. Cameron Robinson (pictured above) is also high on Alabama, and he has also been on campus of late, participating at the Junior Day event.
The trenches are heavy at the top, but the running back position is deeper than ever. Yes, Alabama signed a quartet of elite backs in 2013, but that doesn't mean 2014 won't bring in at least a pair. Scarborough, who may project elsewhere, is the No. 2 tailback in the state behind the all-purpose Oxford (Ala.) star Racean Thomas. Other notable backs with offers include Nick Chubb, Johnathan Vickers and Jalen Hurd - but the entire group is chasing down Leonard Fournette. The New Orleans (La.) St. Augustine product stands 6-foot-2, 227 pounds and represents a back that doesn't come along in many cycles. LSU will be tough for 'Bama to overcome, but UA is sitting alongside the Tigers at the top for now.
Another deep group in the junior class is in the secondary. Alabama failed to bring in a true safety in 2013, and prospects like Tony Brown, Ronnie Clark, Nick Watkins and Evan Berry make the unit a deep one. It's even deeper at cornerback, led by Alabama legacy Marlon Humphrey. The son of Bobby Humphrey is as good as it gets on the outside, and he's currently not only an Alabama lean, but one of the top 2014 prospects regardless of position. Cornerback will be a rankings battle with the likes of Jalen Tabor and Jabril Peppers in the class as well, each sporting Alabama offers among many others.
Louisiana wideout Cameron Sims favors 'Bama early.
Other positions of need will be addressed in the class, and it's reflected on the early offer list. Wide receiver and linebacker seem to be an early focus along with both line units, so prospects like Cameron Sims, Ermon Lane and Tre Williams are ones to keep an eye on. Sims was another that was offered at the Junior Day, and he nearly committed to the Tide on the spot.
The 2014 class is deep and young in recruiting, so identified prospects for Alabama, or any program, is still in its infancy. For the convenience of BamaMag.com subscribers, we have a running and often updated list of offers in the premium forum that will remained pinned to the top of the thread list for viewing and discussion.
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