Everything you need to know and what actually matters about the 2019 Alabama Crimson Tide recruiting class.
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Do you send lots and lots of guys to the NFL? Yeah, of course. If you’re good enough, can you quickly take over a job somewhere and be a featured part of a national championship-caliber team? Yeah, of course. Do super-recruits care that Bama got its doors blown off in the College Football Playoff National Championship? Ehhhhh … it’s about business, and again, it’s about getting to the NFL.
How much of a stone-cold killer recruiting machine is Alabama? It lost star DE recruit Khris Bogle to Florida in a late flip, and next-level CB flipped to Miami – and it didn’t really matter. What did Nick Saban and company do?
Ishmael Sopsher. The future NFL defensive tackle from Louisiana blew off LSU, Clemson, and everyone else for the Tide on National Signing Day. Byron Young got away from all of the other big boys, too, to line up next to Sopsher in the interior. Keilan Robinson was a nice, quick back to land on NSD. But …
Sopsher is great, but Antonio Alfano is the star of defensive tackle stars in this class. Robinson is good, but Trey Sanders is the running back everyone else wanted, but weren’t able to land once Bama sunk its claws into him. The star back out of IMG Academy worked behind the massive Evan Neal, who carries his 360 pounds shockingly well on his 6-7 frame. Be shocked if all three of those prospects aren’t deep in the NFL scouting world three years from now.
Bama goes after talent more than positions, but this year really was about the defensive interior. Only one true tackle was signed on last season, and four were brought in this year. Any one of them would be the anchor almost anywhere else.
Bama keeps on signing kickers. Joseph Bulovas was a part of the 2017 class, and last year he hit 14-of-18 field goals – but missed six extra points. Last year, Skyler DeLong was one of the nation’s better kicking recruits, and this time around, Will Richard was brought in. The pressure for jobs at Bama is always there.
Alabama has five quarterbacks on its roster. One of them isn’t Jalen Hurts, and one of them has the last name of Tagovailoa. Tua’s brother Taulia is nowhere near the same prospect – he isn’t as big – but Florida, Oregon and Michigan wanted him.
Keep an eye out for Paul Tyson over the next few years. He might get lost in the shuffle, but he’s just the type of tall, heady pure passer who fits in what Saban’s offenses do. Or, he’s just the type of tall, heady pure passer who’ll end up transferring to Duke, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Michigan, or one of the other smart schools after his services.
Almost all of the recruits were signed on in December – before the College Football Playoff, and before the national championship debacle. And they signed on before all the losses in the coaching staff. The recruiting cake was already baked, but once again, there but for a few flips, Bama ended up getting a class that is easily in the top three, and perhaps No. 1 overall. Like you were expecting anything different.