With the Alabama Crimson Tide landing the top recruitng class of 2013, Tide fans can breathe a sigh of relief. Not so for head coach Nick Saban, who has already had his eye on the class of 2014 for a while.
After bringing in three quarterbacks for the 2013 class, Alabama isn’t expected to take more than one in 2014. Here are three to keep an eye on:
6’3” 190 lb
Thousand Oaks, CA
The highly-rated dual-threat QB out of Thousand Oaks, California may have grown up over 2,000 miles away from Tuscaloosa, but distance shouldn’t play a factor in his recruitment. In addition to having family living in Alabama, Dawkins also attended the Crimson Tide’s Junior Day and is expected to attend the Nick Saban Crimson Tide Football Camp this summer. During the 2011 season in which he was named 1st Team All-State, Dawkins threw for over 2,800 yards, 33 touchdowns, and broke former Thousand Oaks QB Jimmy Clausen’s single-game passing record. He was later named California’s Sophomore Player of the Year. Dawkins currently has offers from Utah and Notre Dame.
6’5” 230 lb
David Cornwell is expected to be one of the nation’s premier passers in 2013, but don’t let the hometown fool you. The University of Oklahoma isn’t expected to have any sort of edge. That’s because Cornwell didn’t move to Oklahoma until his Junior season. He previously lived in Nebraska and Florida due to his father’s job. In only one season of varsity action Cornwell threw for over 2,700 yards and 27 touchdowns. He has already unofficially visited Alabama and has offers from Indiana, Auburn and Virginia Tech. The battle for Cornwell’s signature will most likely be a two-horse race between Michigan and Alabama.
6’3” 208 lb
Pulling a lifelong UGA fan out of Dawg country can be tough, and the recruitment of Tyler Harris will be no exception. In addition to growing up a Bulldog fan Harris’s uncle, Benji, played defensive end for Georgia in the mid 90’s. Harris has already unofficially visited Alabama where he met with Nick Saban and toured the athletic facilities in the fall of 2012. Although he has yet to land a scholarship offer, Harris has been gaining interest from schools around the nation. He plans on camping at Georgia, Florida and Florida State.