The effort is off to a solid start, as UA holds verbal commitments from a pair of five-stars, including the No. 1 player in America Najee Harris, among nine verbal commitments. Earlier this month it added lefty Hawaiian quarterback Tua Tagovailoa to the commitment list and it could soon see the group hit double digits with camps approaching and many eager to get back to Tuscaloosa.
On Wednesday, it took another proverbial step in that direction as three of Nick Saban's premiere targets trimmed their list, each still considering UA after cuts to 10, eight and five, respectively.
The first cut-down the Crimson Tide benefited from Wednesday was that of a former commitment, and a five-star at that, in Clinton (Miss.) running back Cam Akers. Though he backed off of the pledge in March, he says the coaching staff has actually been recruiting him as hard as it ever has since. Saban and company want several backs in this class and it wouldn't be a stretch to imagine Akers atop the wish list to go along with pledges from Harris and local star Brian Robinson.
Akers narrowed his list to a top 10 including many in the SEC, Ohio State, Florida State and Michigan.
Another blue chip currently in Mississippi announced a cut about 20 minutes later and again it was SEC-laden. Louisiana prep standout and current Mississippi Gulf Coast defensive end Isaiah Buggs, one of the most coveted junior college prospects in the country, is looking at eight schools "closely." Alabama is in the group with many SEC members as well as FSU and Oklahoma.
Finally, the last bit of trimming news concerning Alabama recruiting could end up as the biggest amid a Wednesday full of positive news. As Akers is looking at 10 and Buggs at eight, just five schools were listed for top 30 overall prospect and Philadelphia-area running back D'Andre Swift. The St. Joseph's Prep star has long been high on Alabama's board and vice versa and it helps UA into a group with Georgia, Clemson, FSU and Penn State.
Scout's Brian Dohn shares more on Swift's top group, with insight on each program on the list.