Bama owns 10 percent of nation’s Top 100 with 10 months to go


For a good chunk of 2014, Alabama didn’t occupy the nation’s No. 1 recruiting ranking. But in a one-weekend span, the Crimson Tide reclaimed the driver’s seat and are speeding away from the competition.

It would be tough to see anybody catch them now. That’ll happen when it’s 10 months to national signing day and you have 10 of the national top 100 already on board.

Goodness gracious.

“I would definitely say things have picked up for a lot of people … Overall I think things will get a lot more interesting (for Bama) especially once more people start making their final decisions,” one of those 10 top 100 Bama commits, Jonathan Ledbetter, told Saturday Down South.

Recent recruiting runs by Texas A&M and Penn State knocked the ‘Tide off their typical pedestal atop the recruiting world. But the recent four-man addition this weekend and landing big-time offensive guard Richie Petitbon right before that has put put Bama firmly back on top. With 14 elite recruits, the Tide are miles ahead of everybody else.

Now if they can just hang in there for nearly 10 more months, they can win another national title in recruiting–the fifth straight, to be exact. It won’t be easy, but everybody who follows college football knows that Alabama’s fans want nothing less than the best.

Prime targets like five-star prep DT Daron Payne and JUCO No. 1 prospect Jovon Robinsonamong others–are players to keep an eye on in the near future, as Alabama is definitely high on their lists.

Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the composite rankings for high school prospects.

30 Minkah Fitzpatrick St. Peters Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) 5 DB 6’0” 185
41 Calvin Ridley Monarch (Pompano Beach, Fla.) 4 WR 6’2” 170
43 Mekhi Brown Carver (Columbus, GA) 4 DE 6’6” 230
60 Deionte Thompson West Orange-Stark (Orange, TX) 4 S 6’2” 175
68 Leo Lewis Brookhaven (Miss.) 4 LB 6’3” 225
72 Desherrius Flowers Vigor (Mobile, AL) 4 RB 6’1” 212
73 Lester Cotton Central Sch (Tuscaloosa, AL) 4 OL 6’5” 309
85 Jonathan Ledbetter Tucker (Tucker, GA) 4 DT 6’5” 265
88 Shawn Burgess-Becker Monarch (Pompano Beach, Fla.) 4 ATH 6’1” 185
91 Richie Petitbon Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) 4 OL 6’4” 300
160 Daylon Charlot Patterson (Patterson, LA) 4 WR 5’11” 180
218 Dallas Warmack Mays (Atlanta, GA) 4 OL 6’2” 290
575 Anfernee Jennings Dadeville (Dadeville, Ala.) 3 DE 6’3” 260
576 Montrell Custis Lovejoy (Hampton, GA) 3 DB 6’0” 175
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