The 2018 Alabama Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the relative strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Alabama Recruiting Class Overview
As always, it’s really, really good. It might not be the top class, but it’s loaded with more NFL talents across the board.
However, there were just enough recruiting battle losses to sting just a wee bit. It’s splitting hairs, though.
The class is all about the defensive side. The offensive skills guys are fine with a smattering of decent options here and there, but it’s hardly a strength-in-numbers class.
Quay Walker was the big commitment for the linebacking corps, and Christian Barmore out of Philadelphia was a good tackle get.
But the secondary is where most of the top stars are, led by next-level safety Saivion Smith, a JUCO transfer who’s ready to go now. Corner Jayln Armour-Davis is yet another sure-thing Bama all-star for the secondary. However …
The Alabama Class Is Heavy On …
The thing about Alabama defensive end prospects, though, is that they’re either going to be outside linebackers, or they’re tackles who happen to line up as an end. In this class, though, the pass rushers are there in bulk.
Cameron Latu was taking out of Utah and away from the Pac-12, Jordan Davis got away from Georgia, Florida and Tennessee. They’re the quick guys, but 6-5, 285-pound Stephon Wynn from Florida, and 6-5, 300-pound Bobby Brown out of Texas are more like the true Crimson Tide defensive ends. However …
The Star of the Alabama Class Is …
DE Eyabi Anoma, 6-5, 235
Okay, so landing Patrick Surtain Jr. for a corner spot is right up there, but the Tide got a killer for the defensive front, too. Maryland was honestly in the mix to keep its pass rushing star at home, and Clemson, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin were in the hunt. But the Tide got the lightning-fast hybrid playmaker who can rush the passer, drop into coverage, and do everything in between.
The Alabama Biggest 2018 Depth Chart Hole Is …
With safeties Minkah Fitzpatrick and Ronnie Harrison both turning pro early, and with the corners needing to be replaced, too, along with the versatile Tony Brown, the Crimson Tide has to come up with new options right away.
That’s not a problem – there are more where last year’s top five defensive backs came from – but the openings are also there for the new guys to play roles right away, especially Smith.
And Mr. Surtain Jr. The true freshmen should make a big impact.