Alabama finished seventh in the recruiting rankings in the 2018 class, but expect the Crimson Tide to be back on top come 2019. SEC Country’s Chris Kirschner will answer the Recruiting Question of the Day each weekday. You can ask him your questions on Twitter or on Facebook. Find our previous questions and answers here.
Do you feel if we keep the staff coming in that 2019 class will be back up at the top 3?
— Cody LaDue (@CodyLaDue1) February 12, 2018
Just think about this for one second: Alabama’s Class of 2018 finished seventh in the recruiting rankings, according to the 247Sports composite. It was the lowest ranking in 11 years. ELEVEN YEARS! And it’s not even like being seventh in the rankings is terrible. You can win championships with a top-10 class.
But Alabama fans got accustomed to having the No. 1 class, which the Tide had for seven years in a row. I think the chances of the team getting back into the top 3 of the rankings for the 2019 class are excellent.
I think the biggest reason why Alabama dipped in the rankings in the past class is all of the Tide’s coaching changes finally caught up to the team. The Tide lost significant pieces to the coaching staff over the past few years, and the relationships several recruits had with Alabama were tied to some of those coaches. I also think the states of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi being down in talent hurt the Tide, too.
Nick Saban combatted the loss of several assistants by hiring hungry assistants who are excellent recruiters in Josh Gattis, Jeff Banks, Karl Scott and Pete Golding. You can see a change already on Twitter. Gattis, Banks, Scott and Golding are active on Twitter. While that may not seem like a big deal to some, it is to recruits.
And as far as the talent in the three states mentioned above, all of them have more elite talent than last year’s class. Alabama only signed two in-state prospects in 2018. Expect that number to be at least over five in 2019.
Alabama didn’t sign any prospects from Mississippi and the team is already high on 5-star linebacker Nakobe Dean and 4-star defensive end Nathan Pickering. In Louisiana, Alabama will be a factor for 5-star defensive tackle Ishmael Sophser, 5-star cornerback Derek Stingley and 4-star running backs John Emery Jr. and Tyrion Davis.
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