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Looking back at the Class of 2012

By Jess Nicholas TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief May 21, 2017 Over the last seven years, TideFans.com has taken a look back at old recruiting rankings, partially as a self-check, but also to see how players had progressed since arriving on campus. The mark of a “great” class, five years after the fact, is generally considered appropriate when […]

Next Year’s Draft Haul Could Eclipse 2017 Numbers

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By Jess Nicholas TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief April 30, 2017 Alabama wrapped up the 2017 NFL Draft in impressive fashion, as 10 Crimson Tide players found new homes. An 11th, wide receiver Gehrig Dieter, quickly signed a free-agent contract within an hour of the draft’s close. By the time the 2018 class is in the books, the […]

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A-Day Wrap-up: Bama looks loaded again, but is not yet complete

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By Jess Nicholas TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief April 23, 2017 For those with extreme Bama fatigue who were hoping Alabama’s chances at contending for a title would leave with Lane Kiffin, a review of Saturday’s A-Day game popped a few bubbles. This is, once again, a potential title contender, although as head coach Nick Saban alluded to […]

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A Brief Look at What’s Up For Grabs as A-Day Nears

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By Jess Nicholas TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief April 17, 2017 With A-Day less than a week away, here’s a recap of the position battles we’re following heading into the spring’s final work: QUARTERBACK Nothing much new here: Jalen Hurts is Alabama’s starter. The battle is to see who backs him up – is the holder’s job part […]

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Spring preview: Not many holes, but tweaks are coming

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By Jess Nicholas TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief March 19, 2017 Even as Alabama threatens to populate entire rounds of the 2017 NFL Draft, there aren’t many holes headed into spring camp. But that doesn’t mean changes aren’t coming, especially in regards to Alabama’s offensive philosophy. Additionally, Alabama has work to do on its offensive line, and after […]

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Short Yardage: Alabama to run with Daboll; Ole Miss in a mess

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Short Yardage: Alabama to run with Daboll; Ole Miss in a mess

If there was ever a doubt that Nick Saban had seen just about all he could stand of Lane Kiffin’s growing infatuation with finesse offensive schemes, hiring Brian Daboll from the New England Patriots as the Crimson Tide’s new offensive coordinator ought to erase those doubts.

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On paper, this is the best Alabama class ever

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On paper, this is the best Alabama class ever

Sometimes, a headline says it all without the need for additional commentary: On paper, Alabama signed the highest-rated class since TideFans.com/NARCAS started tracking classes 20 years ago.

The 2012 and 2015 classes both recorded average scores of 9.86, setting a bar few people thought even Nick Saban could break. But the 2017 class did just that, finishing with an average score of 9.9 (9.904, to be precise) among 25 prospects signed (TideFans.com/NARCAS does not rate specialists, so LS Thomas Fletcher was not included in the class score).

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Rating the SEC recruiting classes

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Rating the SEC recruiting classes

Alabama Analysis: For maybe the first time ever, the conference leader didn’t get “excellent” ratings in both Total Talent Level and Needs Filled. Alabama struck out in cornerback recruiting, a sin serious enough to draw a mention from Nick Saban himself in post-Signing Day press conferences.

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Post-mortem: Bama ended up mostly meeting expectations

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Post-mortem: Bama ended up mostly meeting expectations

Alabama mostly met expectations this year, in regards to what kind of team it put on the field. In respect to what it accomplished, Alabama probably exceeded expectations. TideFans.com projected Alabama to capture the No. 3 seed in the College Football Playoff (behind No. 1 Ohio State, No. 2 Oklahoma and ahead of No. 4 Clemson), but with a regular-season loss to LSU in the mix. When LSU overreacted to an early losses to Wisconsin and Auburn, though, and fired Les Miles, the chances of LSU beating Alabama mostly evaporated.

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Clemson wrap-up: Tide loses a heartbreaker on 2 controversial TDs

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Clemson wrap-up: Tide loses a heartbreaker on 2 controversial TDs

Alabama’s bid to win a second straight national championship fell short thanks to a combination of injuries, a lack of depth on its defensive line that finally came to a head and the struggles of a true freshman quarterback who seemed to run out of gas a bit down the season’s stretch.

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