Morning Kickoff: Crimson Tide News 2/12

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Alabama Football Recruiting: Looking Ahead to 2016 Class

"Alabama had a relatively drama-free 2015 national signing day due in large part to the work put in a year or two years ahead of time.So you would be running behind the eight ball if you said it’s time for Nick Saban and his staff to look ahead to 2016. They’re one step ahead of you.The Crimson Tide already have three commitments for the 2016 class and are hot after many of the top prospects of next year’s group.What can Alabama fans expect over the next 12 months in the march toward 2016 signing day?"

With the 2015 class behind us, Marc Torrence takes a look at the potential for next season’s class.

2015 Recruiting Recap: Number Two Alabama

"Over the rest of the month, FanSided 150 will be taking an in-depth look at each of the top-25 recruiting classes. We will be giving a perspective on some of the talented prospects that signed with each team and overview each class. Today, we will be looking at the University of Alabama. The Crimson Tide come into our recruiting rankings at number two in the nation."

The main office at Fansided takes a look at the 2015 class.

NCAA football rules committee recommends change to ineligible receiver downfield rule

"The NCAA football rules committee on Wednesday proposed a change to rules regarding ineligible receivers downfield that could affect how some read-option offenses operate.The committee, which announced several recommendations on Wednesday, is proposing that the zone in which linemen can move on pass plays before being declared downfield from 3 yards to 1 yards.Under a proposal, a lineman who is more than 1 yard past the line of scrimmage when a pass is released would have to be engaged with a defensive player in order for the play to be legal."

Here’s a look at a few rule changes that have been proposed.

Alabama’s Mario Cristobal earns clean sweep from recruiting services as national Recruiter of the Year

"It’s a clean sweep for Alabama offensive line coach Mario Cristobal.All four national recruiting services – Rivals, Scout, 247Sports and ESPN – have named Cristobal their national recruiter of the year.The final announcement came on Wednesday when Rivals honored Cristobal.“What he did in-state with (Daron) Payne and (Lester) Cotton – that’s impressive,” Rivals national recruiting director Mike Farrell said. “But he went into South Florida and landed the No. 1 receiver in the country in (Calvin) Ridley, and his teammate (Shawn) Burgess-Becker. Then he went up to New Jersey and took (Minkah) Fitzpatrick when everyone was recruiting him.”"

Crimson Tide Back in Action at Home Thursday Against Missouri

"The women’s basketball team (12-13, 1-9 SEC) returns to Foster Auditorium on Thursday to host the Missouri Tigers (13-11, 3-8 SEC). The game will tip off at 8 p.m. CT, airing live on Fox Sports South."

Baseball to Honor Hometown Heroes in 2015

"Alabama baseball announced its new Hometown Heroes promotion for the 2015 season. Baseball is a part of America’s pastime, and the Crimson Tide is excited to honor those who embody the American spirit of service.During select Saturday and Sunday games, Hometown Heroes will honor members of the military, police, fire, EMT and non-profit leaders in the community. Those selected will receive two complimentary reserved seating tickets to the game and have access to the field for pregame batting practice as well as banquet room access throughout their time inside the Hoover Met. Each night’s honoree will also receive a gift from the team to thank them for their service. To nominate a Hometown Hero, click here."

Dates Set for 2015 Crimson Caravan

"Tickets are now on sale for the 2015 University of Alabama Crimson Caravan. Each event will feature head football coach Nick Saban, Director of Athletics Bill Battle, and the voice of the Crimson Tide Eli Gold. In addition, fans will also hear from one of Alabama’s other head coaches will be on hand along with a former football great."

Softball Defeats Samford, 7-1, Wednesday in Birmingham

"Alabama softball remains undefeated on the young season, as the Crimson Tide defeated Samford, 7-1, Wednesday night in Birmingham.Alabama (7-0) knocked in a season-high 12 hits, led by Haylie McCleney with a 3-4 performance at the top of the order including two RBI. Leona Lafaele had a 2-4 day with an RBI double while Marisa Runyon’s lone hit was a long solo home run in the fifth inning. Tide starter Leslie Jury (2-0) earned the win, throwing 5.0 shutout innings with just three hits allowed, while SEC Pitcher of the Week Sydney Littlejohn closed out the game with 2.0 strong innings in relief."