However, on signing day, Nick Saban was adamant about missing on wide receivers in the class, signing just two.
Since, it has added the verbal commitments of a graduate transfer in Gehrig Dieter and now a walk-on in 2016 Woodberry Forest (Va.) talent Mac Hereford, who is from the Yellowhammer State and grew up dreaming about playing for UA.
"I have been going to games since I was a kid, and I loved the games," he said Monday evening. "I loved the program and the discipline and respect it displayed. I started going to their camp and got the All-Saban award every time I went. I knew I wanted to play for Alabama.
"I decided my ninth grade year to go to boarding school and still held onto my dreams. This past summer I went to their camp and went with the tight ends; they said they liked my hands, work ethic and speed."
Hereford, originally from Mountain Brook, Ala., said he remained in contact with assistant Bobby Williams, among others, even attending the Charleston Southern game in November as a prospect with his family (photo below).
On Sunday he got the news he'd been waiting for.
"I talked to them on the phone and they confirmed I had a preferred walk-on spot," he said. "Tonight I decided to take the opportunity and I'm so excited!
"Knowing I am playing for the program of my dreams is a weird feeling. But after many trials and tests, I made the goal I was shooting for."