Alabama Football Recruiting: Signing Day 2013 Primer

National Signing Day is at hand, and the Alabama Crimson Tide are set to sign one of, if not the nation’a top recruiting classes. As we cover the Tide’s final push, consider this your one-stop shop for all our coverage of Alabama football recruiting.

Alabama Crimson Tide Recruiting Overview

As has been the case since Nick Saban took the reins in Tuscaloosa, Alabama is poised to have one of the top recruiting classes in the nation. The rankings of the major recruiting services have the top five classes in the country as follows:

Rivals:  1. Florida   2. Notre Dame   3. Alabama   4. Ohio State    5. LSU

ESPN:  1. Florida   2. Alabama   3. Notre Dame   4. Ohio State   5. Michigan

247Sports:  1. Alabama   2. Ohio State   3. Florida   4. Michigan   5. Notre Dame


ESPNU Announcement Schedule

For a listing of the announcement times for highly-rated players who have expressed interest in the Alabama Crimson Tide, click here.


Early Enrollees

Alabama’s class is boosted by nine players already enrolled in classes; six recent high school graduates, one prep schooler, one JUCO transfer and one former minor league baseball player. Early enrollees have the benefit of extra time on campus and added familiarity with the program and the Crimson Tide system. Two early enrollees from Alabama’s 2012 class – Amari Cooper and T.J. Yeldon – were major pieces of the Tide’s BCS Championship run.

We profile all of Alabama’s 2013 early enrollees right here.


Impact Players

Alabama saw a pair of freshman having an immediate impact on their championship hopes in 2012 in the form of T.J. Yeldon and Amari Cooper. Which 2013 signees will see the field as the Crimson Tide go for the threepeat?


Storylines To Watch:

Reuben Foster.  Foster shook up the race for the top class in the country by once again switching his commitment, returning to his original choice of the Crimson Tide. Until his LOI is faxed in, nothing is official, however. This story isn’t over until Wednesday is in the books.

The Longshots.  One of the chips fell last week when five-star recruit A’Shawn Robinson told Texas coaches he would be signing with Alabama. Other players considered longshots for the Crimson Tide are Matthew Thomas, Montravius Adams, Antonio Conner and Henry Poggi, but with this recent news, Alabama fans are hoping for more.

Touch That Thang.  With Alabama player Courtney Upshaw winning a Lombardi Trophy to go along with his BCS National Championship – in the same building, nonetheless – Alabama has truly become the place where champions are built. How much will this play into the decisions of recruits?

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