Alabama 2021: Returning players, new signees battle to keep the dynasty going

Alabama's 18th national championship is in the books, and with it, the depletion of talent across the Tide's depth chart. While Alabama certainly brings in more elite talent than most other schools, it also loses more, primarily to the NFL Draft but also to the NCAA transfer portal.

Recruiting 2020: Tide lands another solid class

For a program accustomed to leading the recruiting rankings and setting records year after year for average class strength, the 2020 class for Alabama was about as ho-hum as top-three/top-four classes can get ( ranked Alabama's class in a tie for third with Ohio State, behind No. 2 Clemson and No. 1 Georgia).

Alabama Crimson Tide 2020 Signing Class

FIRST LAST POS HT WT 40 time NAR CAS rating CITY ST HS/JC Bryce Young QB 5'11" 180 4.5 10 Santa Ana CA Mater Dei Timothy Smith DL 6'4" 340 5.5 10 Sebastian FL Sebastian River Will Anderson DE 6'3" 240 4.6 10 Hampton GA Dutchtown Jase McClellan RB 5'10" 210 4.5 10 Aledo TX Aledo Demouy Kennedy LB 6'2" 205 4.6 10 Theodore AL Theodore Thaiu Jones-Bell WR 5'11" 180 4.4 10 Miami Gardens FL Carol City Javon Baker WR 6'1" 210 4.5 10 Powder Springs GA McEachern Brian Branch S 6'0" 180 4.5 9.9 Tyrone GA Sandy Creek Traeshon Holden WR 6'2" 190 4.6 9.9 Harbor City CA Narbonne Ronald Williams CB 6'2" 190 4.5 9.9 Ferriday LA Hutchinson CC (KS) Drew Sanders DE 6'4" 230 4.7 9.9 Denton TX Ryan Jamil Burroughs DL 6'3" 330 5.3 9.8 Powder Springs GA McEachern Damieon George OL 6'6" 350 5.8 9.8 Houston TX North Shore Kristian Story S 6'1" 205 4.6 9.8 Lanett AL Lanett Kyle Edwards RB 5'11" 205 4.6 9.8 Destrehan LA Destrehan Roydell Williams RB 5'11" 190 4.5 9.8 Hueytown AL Hueytown Jahquez Robinson CB 6'1" 180 4.5 9.7 Jacksonville FL Sandalwood Jah-Marien Latham DL 6'3" 285 5.0 9.7 Reform AL Pickens County Javion Cohen OL 6'4" 260 5.1 9.7 Phenix City AL Phenix City Chris Braswell DE 6'3" 220 4.7 9.6 Baltimore MD St. Francis Quandarrius Robinson DE 6'5" 220 4.8 9.6 Birmingham AL Jackson-Olin Jackson Bratton LB 6'3" 230 4.7 9.6 Muscle Shoals AL Muscle Shoals Malachi Moore CB 6'1" 175 4.5 9.5 Trussville AL Hewitt-Trussville Seth McLaughlin OL 6'4" 270 5.2 9.5 Buford GA Buford Caden Clark TE 6'5" 245 4.9 9.5 Akron OH Archbishop Hoban

Recruiting 2019: Tide takes top spot again, almost sets record

Alabama's setback in the national championship game did not carry over to its 2019 recruiting class. Signing 27 players between the early and late signing periods, Alabama claimed the top spot in the 2019 recruiting rankings, narrowly edging out Georgia in the process.
Jan 20, 2018; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban speaks to the crowd at the Alabama Crimson Tide National Championship Celebration at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Tide’s recruiting strategy looks geared for sustained dominance

Among the questions that arose immediately following Alabama's win over Georgia in the College Football Playoff was one of longevity – both in regards to Alabama's already-extended position at the top of the sport, and also in regards to Nick Saban's remaining career. If early returns on the 2018-2019 recruiting trail are any indication, both paths have a lot of miles remaining on them.
Jan 8, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart on the field before the 2018 CFP national championship college football game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Rating the SEC recruiting classes

The Bulldogs probably signed the best recruiting class, top to bottom, in modern college football history, eclipsing the class Alabama brought together a year earlier.
Jan 20, 2018; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban speaks to the crowd at the Alabama Crimson Tide National Championship Celebration at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Signing Day 2018: So-so finish undersells a solid class

A year after signing what was at the time, the best class in Alabama history on paper – a heralding that backed itself up on the field once the fall came – Alabama couldn’t repeat its past glories, and ended up signing the lowest-ranked class since Nick Saban’s first class at Alabama in 2007.

Early signing period foretells a shift in how schools do business

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Jul 12, 2017; Hoover, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban speaks to media during SEC Media Days at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham-The Winfrey Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

Is the SEC’s future too tied to a single ship?

Since Nick Saban arrived in Tuscaloosa, Alabama’s already undisputed place atop the SEC landscape has only grown in altitude. Saban, who had won a national title at LSU prior to taking the Alabama job, has won four more national titles since 2007. Had Alabama knocked off Clemson in January, Saban would have tied Paul “Bear” Bryant for total number of titles, but would have done it at a substantially quicker pace. Many already believe Saban has supplanted Bryant as the best college coach that ever was; a win over Clemson would have galvanized those opinions.
Nov 20, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) reacts after making a game-ending interception against the Chicago Bears during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Looking back at the Class of 2012

Over the last seven years, 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.

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