Alabama Football Recruiting Update – December 18, 2016

    Alabama football recruiting update as of December 18, 2016. The Crimson Tide are sitting atop the 2017 recruiting class rankings and are hoping to hold onto the nation's No. 1 player.

    December 19, 2016

    Alabama football recruiting update as of December 18, 2016. 

    There is a lot of drama surrounding the nation’s No. 1 player, and that isn’t exactly great news for Alabama.

    Five-star prospect Najee Harris, the No. 1 running back in the country, had a great visit to Ann Arbor, and now rumors are swirling about whether or not Harris will flip from Alabama to Michigan.

    But if Harris stays pledged to the Crimson Tide, he has a massive, talented group of offensive linemen headed to Tuscaloosa with him.

    Five-star offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood shut down his recruitment after an official visit to Florida and turned in his financial aid paperwork to Alabama. Along with Leatherwood, the Tide have 4-star offensive tackles Jedrick Wills and Kendall Randolph committed in the class.

    When taking 3-star offensive guard Hunter Brannon into consideration, the average size of those offensive line commits is 6-foot-5, 305.75 lbs.

    Alabama has built up a sizable lead as the country’s No. 1-ranked class and leads No. 2 Georgia by 652 recruiting points. Even if Harris flipped, which remains to be seen, Alabama would still lead by 352 points over Kirby Smart’s Bulldogs.

    Note: Scout rankings and ratings used in this article.

    Alabama Football Recruiting Update

    Complete Class

    • No. 1 Overall Class
    • Total Commits: 25
    • 5-Star Commits: 5
    • 4-Star Commits: 16
    • 3-Star Commits: 3
    • 2-Star Commits: 1
    • Najee Harris: 5-Star, No. 1 RB, No. 1 Overall
    • Dylan Moses: 5-Star, No. 1 OLB, No. 6 Overall
    • VanDarius Cowan: 5-Star, No. 3 OLB, No. 27 Overall
    • Alex Leatherwood: 5-Star, No. 3 OT, No. 18 Overall
    • Isaiah Buggs: 5-Star JUCO DE
    • Kendall Randolph: 4-Star, No. 17 OT, No. 153 Overall
    • Jedrick Wills: 4-Star, No. 10 OT, No. 63 Overall
    • Chris Allen: 4-Star, No. 5 OLB, No. 81 Overall
    • Tua Tagovailoa: 4-Star, No. 3 QB, No. 34 Overall
    • Chadarius Townsend: 4-Star, No. 8 ATH, No. 131 Overall
    • Daniel Wright: 4-Star, No. 15 S, No. 158 Overall
    • Markail Benton: 4-Star, No. 6 ILB, No. 113 Overall
    • Major Tennison: 4-Star, No. 11 TE, Unranked Overall
    • Tyrell Shavers: 4-Star, No. 16 WR, No. 109 Overall
    • Jerry Jeudy: 4-Star, No. 11 WR, No. 100 Overall
    • Akial Byers: 4-Star, No. 10 DT, No. 158 Overall
    • Mac Jones: 4-Star, No. 21 QB, Unranked Overall
    • Brian Robinson: 4-Star, No. 16 RB, No. 181 Overall
    • Elliot Baker: 4-Star JUCO OT
    • Kedrick James: 4-Star, No. 15 TE, Unranked Overall
    • Kyriq McDonald: 3-Star, No. 40 CB, Unranked Overall
    • Jhavonte Dean: 3-Star JUCO CB
    • Hunter Brannon: 3-Star, No. 73 OG, Unranked Overall
    • Brandon Ruiz: 3-Star Unranked K
    • Thomas Fletcher: 2-Star Unranked LS

    Tide Targets

    • Devonta Smith: 5-Star, No. 2 WR, No. 24 Overall
    • Marvin Wilson: 5-Star, No. 1 DT, No. 11 Overall
    • Cam Akers: 5-Star, No. 2 RB, No. 4 Overall
    • Aubrey Solomon: 5-Star, No. 2 DT, No. 20 Overall
    • LaBryan Ray: 4-Star, No. 9 DE, No. 86 Overall

    Roll Twitter, Roll

    Four-star quarterback and Alabama commit Mac Jones showed love to fellow Crimson Tide commit Tua Tagovailoa.

    MORE: 4-Star OT Isaiah Wilson Announces College Commitment


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