Alabama Football: 3 takeaways from the Early Signing Period

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Alabama football had a great early signing period.

With new rules for college football recruiting, we have seen a shift in the traditions regarding the occasion. For example, we usually treat National Signing Day as a holiday. In 2020, we mostly knew what to expect from the Alabama football recruiting class during the early signing period.

That being said, we still learned a lot about this class. Although the day was mostly filled with the expected, there were a few surprises thrown in. It was also nice to set in stone some of the expectations from this class.

With all of that in mind, here are the biggest takeaways from the Alabama recruiting cycle.

3. Alabama still owns LSU

Over a year ago, the Tigers beat Alabama football in Tuscaloosa. Although many believed that the 2019 game served as a shift of powers in the SEC, Saban has proven otherwise since. Alabama dominated LSU this year when they played, and they dominated in recruiting as well.

Having the top recruiting class of 2021 was not good enough. That helped Alabama football beat everyone. This was personal, and the Tide attacked LSU’s class specifically.

At the 11th hour, Saban added two LSU commits to the Alabama recruiting class. These flips will help Alabama in the long run, but it also keeps these top players out of Baton Rouge. That pairing of benefits makes this a top storyline of the day.

Obviously, Alabama did not recruit these players just to get back at Ed Orgeron. They will be a key part of future Alabama football teams. Still, it further proves that Alabama is the dominant force in the SEC West.