The chatter of Alabama’s come-from-behind victory in this year’s national recruiting “game” continues as Crimson Tide Coach Nick Saban has once again stacked a big class on top of previous groups. Alabama’s 2016 signing class ranked No. 1 nationally by Scout and some other inferior services. It’s worth taking a look at some of the facts of this recruiting haul.
Alabama announced 17 signed national letters of intent to play football with the Crimson Tide Wednesday, joining eight players who enrolled at The University in January. (Those eight took part in four practices prior to the Tide’s College Football Playoff national championship game, and, of course, will take part in the off-season conditioning program and compete in spring practice later this semester.
The 25 players come from 12 states and Washington, D.C. (1) – Alabama (7), Texas (4), Mississippi (3), Louisiana (2), Connecticut (1), Georgia (1), Florida (1), California (1), North Carolina (1), Maryland (1), Michigan (1), and Oklahoma (1).
By projected positions, the Crimson Tide added five offensive linemen, five linebackers, four defensive backs, four defensive linemen, two running backs, two wide receivers, two tight ends, and one quarterback.
Having early enrollees is nothing new. The Crimson Tide had eight players enroll in the spring of 2014 and 2015, seven in 2013, seven in 2012, nine in 2011, 11 in 2010, and four in 2009.
The University included those inferior services as well as Scout in determining that the 25 new players had:
Six five-star signees -- Charles Baldwin, Jonah Williams, Kendell Jones, Ben Davis, Terrell Hall, and Lyndell “Mack” Wilson. And 16 four-stars: Jalen Hurts, Chris Owens, Miller Forristall, T.J. Simmons, B.J. Emmons, Deonte Brown, Raekwon Davis, Quinnen Williams, Trevon Diggs, Nigel Knott, Jared Mayden, Irvin Smith, Aaron Robinson, Shyheim Carter, Scott Lashley, and Joshua Jacobs.
Other facts about the signing class:
Nine players participated in the Under Armour All-America Game – Chris Owens, B.J. Emmons, Kendell Jones, Ben Davis, Lyndell “Mack” Wilson, Nigel Knott, Terrell Hall, Deonte Brown, and Shyheim Carter.
Raekwon Davis participated in the U.S. Army All-America Bowl.
There are three members of USA Today’s All-USA team – Ben Davis and Lyndell Wilson on the first team and Jonah Williams second team.
The group includes 17 members of the Scout 300 -- Jalen Hurts, Chris Owens, Jonah Williams, Miller Forristall, B.J. Emmons, Kendell Jones, Deonte Brown, Raekwon Davis, Quinnen Williams, Trevon Diggs, Ben Davis, Lyndell Wilson, Terrell Hall, Nigel Knott, Jared Mayden, Shyheim Carter, and Scott Lashley.