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 (TideFans.com/NARCAS 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

Name...Pos...Ht...Wt...40time...NARCAS rating...School Bryce Young QB 5-11 180 4.5 10.0 Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei Timothy Smith DL 6-4 340 5.5 10.0 Sebastian, Fla./Sebastian River Will Anderson...

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 TideFans.com/NARCAS recruiting rankings, narrowly edging out Georgia in the process.
Jan 4, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; East quarterback Jacob Park (10) passes the ball during U.S. Army All-American Bowl high school football game at the Alamodome. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Recruiting 2016: Bama’s QB targets have common characteristic

The NARCAS (North American Recruiting, Coaching & Athletics Survey) contributing staff has utilized game tape for years, but as a site, we’ve never made it a part of our published, post-analysis reports. With the amount of video now readily available at low or no cost to consumers, the time is right to integrate some of that video into analysis reports for our readership. As in previous years, however, NARCAS rankings will not be assigned until after all players’ senior seasons have been completed. Up first is a discussion of five quarterback targets for Alabama’s 2016 recruiting class
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.
Nov 26, 2010; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Julio Jones (8) carries the ball against the Auburn Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Looking back at the Class of 2008

Over the last three years, TideFans.com and NARCAS have 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 between 55 to 60 percent of the class becomes a front-line contributor at some point over the course of their career (“front-line contributor” defined as being a starter, or a second-teamer with a key role).
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, 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.
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.

Tide wraps up another top-rated class

  By Jess Nicholas, TideFans.com Editor-In-Chief Feb. 5, 2014   With Nick Saban at the helm of the University of Alabama's football program, National Signing Day has often...
Feb 3, 2016; Montgomery, AL, USA; Carver high school linebacker Lyndell Wilson aka Mack Wilson holds his baby sister, Lemara Wilson , after he chooses to play for the Alabama Crimson Tide at Carver High School. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

Recruiting: Alabama’s 2016 class goes the blue-collar route

Alabama signed seven players who ranked a perfect 10.0 on TideFans.com/NARCAS’s 10-point scale, down from 11 a year ago. Alabama’s 25 signees averaged a rating of 9.79, a bit off last year’s 9.86, which tied for the highest-measured Alabama class in school history, along with the 2012 class. Alabama was able to maintain a high ranking nationally, relative to other top classes, in part due to the lack of concentration of the top available players at any one school.

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