Alabama will top the recruiting class ranksPublished 10:22am Friday, January 25, 2013
Feb. 6th is national signing day for all high school football players.
The year is 2013, but for those who follow other schools, the results are far too familiar and the trend does not appear to be changing.
Everyone who follows recruiting year-round knows that the recruiting classes your coaching staff brings in, has a major trickle-down effect on the entire atmosphere surrounding your program.
There are programs that occasionally fine a blue-chip recruit or two, and there are programs that just fill a vacancy with another blue-chip recruit and the beat goes on without any resemblance of a falloff.
They reload, without the rebuilding period.
That is exactly where Alabama sits today in the whacky world of football recruiting.
As of this moment, Alabama is postured anywhere from No.1 on 247sports.com , No.3 on Rivals.com or ninth on Scout.com
The best way to gauge where any team is sitting is the 247sports.com site.
They take into consideration all of the network recruiting sites, evaluate the athletes, and then come up with a balanced list.
The ESPN recruiting site is really not worth mentioning.
They depend on or two so-called experts, who have their own, biased agenda when it comes to analyzing the recruits.
Alabama has 21 hard commits (seven already enrolled) and from my latest information, will bring in 26 athletes with one gray-shirt.
After last weekend’s huge recruiting weekend in Tuscaloosa, here is what I am hearing form some very reliable sources.
Look for offensive tackle Laramy Tunsil and inside linebacker Reuben Foster (both de-committed from Auburn), to sign with Alabama.
I have been told that five-star safety Vonn Bell has silently committed
to the Crimson Tide.
Foster is scheduled to visit Auburn Feb. 2.
Georgia will get the last visit (Jan. 25) from five-star defensive tackle Montravius Adams.
My sources are telling me he is favoring Auburn at this point.
Adams has visited Clemson, Florida and Alabama.
Adams has one official visit opening left and the word is he will visit the Plains Feb. 2.
There are just a few spots available for Alabama to bring on board, but look for every opening to be filled with top-notch talent.
Auburn went through some major changes in the off-season and to say the least, the new coaching staff has a lot of work to do.
As of today, Auburn is 19th on the 247sports.com rankings, 26th on Scout and 20th on Rivals.
They have 16 players committed, three already enrolled.
Losing some important recruits in the process did not help their cause.
What I am hearing now is there are some new developments pertaining to weak-side defensive end and five-star recruit Carl Lawson’s commitment to Auburn, but nothing concrete — yet.
He is scheduled to visit the Tigers February 1st.
Another recruit that Auburn needs to keep an eye on is strong-side defensive end Tashawn Bower.
The Somerville, N.J. native visited Auburn Oct. 6, but he committed back in June of 2012.
Bower has visited Florida State, Florida and will be visiting LSU this weekend.
He has one visit remaining and most feel it will go to Rutgers on the final weekend before signing day.
Auburn has two weekends remaining to impress and convince some high-profile recruits.
Of the 10 kids visiting, only three have not committed elsewhere. Except for Foster, the other two are not rated above three-stars.
It will take a couple of successful seasons and some stability in the coaching staff before any potential recruit feels comfortable again committing to Auburn.
Fans need to understand exactly what a commitment really is.
It is only a reservation and nothing more.
There is nothing binding with a commitment and that goes both ways.
I will give you a complete breakdown of where the entire SEC sits next week
Until next time.
Meyers is a columnist for The Outlook. Follow him on Twitter at @fightonusc11