Top five realistic 2015 recruiting targets: Alabama Crimson Tide

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Alabama already has a stellar top 10 nationally ranked class for 2015, but the Crimson Tide have a whole lot of other top targets they’re trying land–including several prospects who are within their own state boundaries. Here’s a look at five players Alabama would love to land.

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Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the 247Sports.com composite rankings.

1. Daron Payne, Birmingham (Ala.), 6-2/315, DT

  • National rank: No. 10 overall prospect
  • SEC schools: Alabama, Auburn, Georgia
  • The skinny: It is thought that Payne is Alabama’s to lose, but we all know how things can go with this in-state Bama-Auburn recruiting battles. Payne is incredibly strong and can blow by his blocker and plant a quarterback in the dirt. This should be interesting to watch.

2. Tim Settle, Manassas (Va.), 6-3/315, DT

  • National rank: No. 19 overall
  • SEC schools: Alabama, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Texas A&M
  • The skinny: Settle is one of the best personalities of this class, and he also happens to be one of the top defensive tackles, too. Look for him to play the recruiting game well, and it’s anybody’s guess where he’ll end up. Ohio State and in-state Virginia are also possibilities.

3. Kerryon Johnson, Madison (Ala.), 6-0/200, ATH

  • National rank: No. 37 overall
  • SEC schools: Alabama, Auburn, LSU
  • The skinny: Johnson is another one of those classic Bama-Auburn recruiting battles, with Florida State also playing a role here. Not too shabby–the last three schools to win national titles. He is of course, versatile–he could dominate at either RB or DB.

4. Jovon Robinson, Milledgeville (Ga.), 5-11/220, RB

  • National rank: No. 1 overall junior college prospect in America
  • SEC schools: Alabama, Georgia
  • The skinny: Robinson signed with Auburn out of high school, then went the junior college route at Georgia Military College. He is an outstanding running back who led junior college football with 2,387 yards rushing and 34 TDs last year–unheard of numbers in JUCO ball. He’s a near lock to go to Alabama, and has even said before he’d like to play against Auburn.

5. Minkah Fitzpatrick, Jersey City (N.J.), 6-0/185, DB

  • National rank: No. 28 overall
  • SEC schools: Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Tennessee
  • The skinny: Alabama is probably the only realistic SEC threat to win over Fitzpatrick, who also has Florida State and Ohio State all over him. He has good size for the cornerback position and seems to have been born to play it..

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