Alabama Football: 3 committed recruits the Tide could steal in 2020-21

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Alabama football is looking to steal some recruits in the 2021 class.

In the game of college football recruiting, stealing recruits is part of the rules. Every program has seen dozens of recruits decommit before signing with another school, and Alabama football has seen both sides of this. They’ve lost recruits to rival schools, but they have also stolen some big names in the past. They might be looking to do something similar with the 2021 recruiting class.

Alabama is already in the mix to land Devonta Smith, a recent decommit from Ohio State. He might not be the only player who could turn the Tide for Alabama football.

These three names are currently considered to be hard commits to other college football programs, but the Tide have a chance to steal them. Time will tell, but watch for these names to jump ship and swim for Tuscaloosa.

Alabama football decommit targets for 2020-21.

Lee Hunter, DT, Auburn commit

Lee Hunter is going to likely play in the state of Alabama, but the school might still be up in the air. He has reopened his recruitment, but still says that he is a hard commit for the Auburn Tigers. Hunter might be simply wading in the recruiting waters, but Alabama football has been trying to get him to join the Tide. With DJ Dale and Christian Barmore heading into their junior years by the time Lee Hunter sees college, it is important for them to add depth to the defensive line in the 2021 recruiting class. The Crimson Tide seem to be set at the defensive tackle position, but they will still pursue Lee Hunter if they believe he is an upgrade.

Luke Altmyer, QB, Florida State commit

It is no secret that Alabama needs to land a QB in the 2021 recruiting class. Whether it’s a transfer or an incoming freshman, there will be a new face in the quarterback room. Between Bryce Young expecting to start and Mac Jones likely leaving after this season, the Tide will likely be down to two scholarship quarterbacks. You already don’t want Paul Tyson to be the team’s backup option, but not having a guy behind him would make matters much worse. Luke Altmyer won’t compete with Bryce Young for a starting job, but he would be a quality backup and potential starter as an upperclassman.

Jalen Milroe, QB, Texas commit

Lather, rinse and repeat the reasoning behind Luke Altmyer. The odds of signing both quarterbacks in a class that follows Bryce Young are incredibly low, but there is a great chance that Alabama football signs either one of these guys individually. Milroe is considered a better prospect, but the Tide will likely pursue whoever they think will make the team better. Saban doesn’t always agree with recruiting rankings, and he is usually right.

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The battle of stealing recruits will go on for the entire 2021 recruiting cycle, but look at these three names to be in the rumor mill this summer. As Alabama continues to stack their 2021 class, these players just might join the mix.