Alabama Makes Others Hurt On Signing Day

Much has been made of Alabama having the nation's number one football recruiting class earlier this month. The best news for the Crimson Tide is that Nick Saban added many excellent players to the Alabama roster.



There is a little more to it than just Alabama adding talented depth to its football roster. Every time Bama landed a top prospect, it also meant the Crimson Tide would not be playing against that man.

Alabama was particularly successful in the state of Alabama. It is primarily there that the Tide went head-to-head with Auburn. When final signing results were in, Bama had 13 men who had been offered scholarships by Auburn. (On the other hand, the Tigers did not sign anyone who had been offered by Alabama.)

One measure of recruiting is getting players wanted by other good programs. Alabama seems to have done a good job of that. Florida offered seven players who chose Bama. Tennessee and LSU both offered six Tide signees. Other high profile schools losing out to Bama included Clemson, Ole Miss, FSU, Southern Cal, Georgia Tech, Miami and Texas A&M.

Here is a look at the schools each Alabama signee turned down to sign with the Crimson Tide. This is based on information provided by the signees and from Scout analysts.

Mark Barron-Alabama over Auburn, LSU

Undra Billingsley-Alabama over Tennessee

Devonta Bolton-Alabama over Auburn, Florida, Georgia

John Michael Boswell-Alabama over Clemson, Ole Miss, Georgia Tech

Terrence Cody- Alabama over Auburn, FSU, Ole Miss

Marcel Dareus- Alabama over North Carolina, Auburn

Robby Green-Alabama over LSU, Tennessee, Southern Cal

Glenn Harbin- Alabama over North Carolina, South Carolina

Jerrell Harris- Alabama over Southern Cal, Clemson, Auburn

Don'ta Hightower-Alabama over Auburn, Tennessee, Vanderbilt

Destin Hood-Alabama over Auburn, Florida, LSU

Mark Ingram-Alabama over Iowa, Michigan State

Chris Jackson-Alabama over Georgia Tech

Star Jackson-Alabama over Auburn, West Virginia

Barrett Jones- Alabama over Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt

Julio Jones- Chose Alabama over Oklahoma, FSU, Florida

Chris Jordan-Alabama over Clemson

Alonzo Lawrence- Alabama over Miami, Ole Miss

Robert Lester- Alabama over Oklahoma

Brandon Lewis-Alabama over Auburn, Georgia, Ole Miss, Tennessee

Tyler Love-Alabama over Florida, Georgia

Ivan Matchett-Alabama over Miami, Georgia Tech, Louisville

Kerry Murphy-Alabama over Auburn, Miami

Wesley Neighbors-Alabama over Georgia Tech, LSU, Vanderbilt

Jermaine Preyear-Alabama over Auburn, FSU, Tennessee

Melvin Ray-Alabama over Florida, FSU, LSU

Burton Scott- Alabama over Auburn, Florida, FSU

Brad Smelley-Alabama over South Carolina

Corey Smith-Alabama over West Virginia

Damian Square-Alabama over Texas A&M

Courtney Upshaw-Alabama over Auburn, LSU

Michael Williams-Alabama over Auburn, Georgia Tech, Clemson

Looking ahead to next year, Alabama has one player who has committed to the Crimson Tide. D.J. Fluker, a 6-6, 295-pound defensive tackle at Foley who is ranked among the nation's top 100 upcoming seniors, announced for Bama in November. He selected Alabama over offers from Auburn, Clemson, Florida and Wake Forest.

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