Aside from national signing day, programs aren’t supposed to have days like this. Even Alabama.
And actually, even on national signing day–the majority of the nation’s top programs don’t experience days like this.
On Saturday, Alabama put on a clinic in how to put a recruiting class together. With its spring game going on, big-time recruits in town and a buzz around the program, the Crimson Tide hauled in four new commitments. All four are rated top 100. Think about it, in a matter of hours … Alabama added 4% of the nation’s top 100.
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Some top national programs wait years for a Top 100 recruit. Alabama got four in a matter of hours.
Two of the four were players from south Florida who have the ability to play wide receiver. Just call it the Mario Cristobal effect. The former Miami player and assistant and Florida International head coach knows that talent-rich area like few do, and that contact base allowed the ‘Tide to mine two stud athletes from Broward County. WR Calvin Ridley and WR/DB Shawn Burgess-Becker pledged to Alabama, sticking one more dagger into the heart of the University of Miami–who obviously wanted both. Also, rumors swirled that Jovon Durante–a Miami native who also was in Tuscaloosa–had flipped his commitment from West Virginia to Alabama. Durante denied those reports later in the day, but the top 150 national prospect does hold an Alabama offer and is being recruited by Cristobal.
The other two pickups were hardly slouch additions. How about this–Alabama landed its top recruit of the year in New Jersey five-star CB Minkah Fitzpatrick, who is the top player in his home state. Then the Tide also broke hearts of SEC fans in Mississippi by robbing the Rebels and Bulldogs of their No. 3 in-state player when LB Leo Lewis committed, too.
An incredible day, as the ‘Tide again reclaimed the nation’s No. 1 spot in the team rankings. After watching Penn State perched at No. 1 for a few days, Alabama apparently felt like it was time to reclaim the position it has held for much of the past five years. The Crimson Tide now lead the nation with 14 commitments, too.
Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the 247Sports.com composite rankings for high school prospects.