Alabama’s 2018 recruiting class was disappointing by Alabama standards – and by “disappointing,” we mean it wasn’t a top-five class. The Tide had the No. 7 class in the nation, which snapped the school’s streak of seven consecutive top-ranked classes.
It still was a terrific class and the Tide is on its way to another terrific class in 2019. Alabama has four commitments for 2019, and all four players are in the nation’s top 125.
Here are three top targets for the Tide in the 2019 recruiting cycle.
ILB Nakobe Dean
The particulars: Dean (6 feet 0, 215 pounds) is a five-star prospect from Horn Lake (Miss.) High.
The skinny: Dean, who is from a town about 20 miles south of Memphis, is the nation’s No. 1 inside linebacker and a top-25 prospect overall. Alabama offered him in June. He visited Alabama on February 3, and has had numerous interactions with the Crimson Tide staff over the past few months. In the past month, Dean has picked up offers from Missouri, Florida State and Tennessee. He is the top prospect in Mississippi and thus is a high priority for Ole Miss and Mississippi State. But he also will be a high priority for the Tide, Auburn and most everyone else in the SEC. While Dean is on the small side, he is a playmaker who is athletic, runs well and delivers a blow.
RB Trey Sanders
The particulars: Sanders (5-11, 216 pounds) is a five-star prospect from Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy.
The skinny: Sanders originally is from Port St. Joe, Fla., in the state’s panhandle about 100 miles southwest of Tallahassee. He is the nation’s top-ranked running back and a top-10 prospect overall. Sanders was committed to Alabama for more 18 months before decommitting on New Year’s Day. Despite the decommitment, many still feel Alabama is the team to beat. Sanders has been offered by Ohio State and Texas A&M in the past month, and he basically is going to have his choice of schools. He is a Crimson Tide priority, but he also figures to be a priority for the new staff at Florida State, who can sell him on being able to play close to his hometown.
C Clay Webb
The particulars: Webb (6-3, 297 pounds) is a five-star prospect from Oxford (Ala.) High.
The skinny: Webb, who is from a town 60 miles east of Birmingham on Interstate 20, is the No. 1 center in the nation, a top-15 prospect overall and the top recruit in Alabama. Webb has had numerous interactions with the Alabama staff since the Crimson Tide offered in June 2016. The top prospect in Alabama in the 2018 cycle was WR Justyn Ross, from Phenix City, and he signed with Clemson. But it’s hard to imagine Webb going out of state. He is a high priority for the Tide (as well as Auburn). The Tide already has a commitment from five-star OT Pierce Quick of Trussville (Ala.) Hewett-Trussville, and four-star OT Amari Kight of Alabaster (Ala.) Thompson looks to be a Tide lean. It’s possible (probable?) Alabama signs all three, which would give the Tide one of the nation’s best o-line classes in 2019 without having to leave the state.
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