Alabama Football: Why a 3-Star RB commit rather than a 5-Star

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Alabama football picked up its No. 23 verbal commit for the 2020 class when 3-Star, running back, Kyle Edwards announced for the Crimson Tide.

This is not another of those ‘less is more’ claims so often used when recruiting takes a turn. Alabama football has a history of turning 3-Star recruits into great players. Josh Jacobs being the lasted.

Also, 5-Star recruits fail to reach their potential in every college football program able to gain their signatures.

The announcement of 3-Star running back, Kyle Edwards choosing the Tide causes many Alabama football fans to ask what happened with 5-Star, RB, recruit Zachary Evans. For months conventional recruiting wisdom has been the Crimson Tide will have room for only two running backs in the 2020 class.

For most of those months, most recruiting experts believed Evans would at some point choose to join the Alabama Crimson Tide. Over the past few weeks, it has appeared Georgia or maybe Texas A&M has a better chance for an Evans commitment.

Most buzz of another option for the Tide has been about flipping Jase McClellan from the Oklahoma Sooners. Kyle Edwards was usually mentioned as another option.

Edwards is a bit under the radar, having spent his junior season, playing behind one of the top running backs in the nation, John Emery Jr. Emery is now at LSU, but Edwards following him to Baton Rouge never gained much traction. Edwards has other suitors among top programs – Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas A&M and Penn State. Louisville, Houston, Kentucky, Mississippi State and Colorado also offered.

Harbaugh came in a distant second. It is not known if the brash-talking, little achieving coach will claim cheating by the Alabama football staff. Harbaugh has already basically called all the SEC cheaters.

The less known story about Edwards is the probability his recruit rating will explode in his senior season at Destrehan, LA. One recruiting expert compares Edwards to Eddie Lacy at the same stage of their high school careers. Edwards will move up from being the No. 346 prospect in the 2020 class. He will likely end up being a 4-Star and probably inside the Top 150 players.

The pair of Edwards and Roydell Williams meets the Crimson Tide’s needs for the 2020 class. No matter what program Zachary Evans initially chooses, don’t rule him out later for the Alabama Crimson Tide. The odds are high the Alabama football staff will always be willing to make room for Evans.

Check out these Kyle Edwards highlights.

Nest up for the Crimson Tide in 2020 class recruiting? Cornerback prospect, Joel Williams will announce on Sept. 9.