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A quick look at Alabama’s 2018 recruiting class, with a grade

When is a top-10 recruiting class considered disappointing? When you’re Alabama.

The Tide’s seven-year streak of having the nation’s No. 1 class is over, but the Tide still has a top-10 class. It includes two five-star prospects, including the nation’s best cornerback, and one of the best receivers nationally.

Here’s a look at every player heading to Tuscaloosa, both those making their decisions official Wednesday as well as those who joined Alabama during the new early signing period in December.

Recruiting editor Ryan Green on the class

Alabama added playmakers on both sides of the ball, and I especially like what the Tide was able to do along the defensive line. The Crimson Tide signed five defensive linemen who are among the top-200 prospects in the nation. along the defensive front that are among the top-200 overall talents in America. Five-star CB Patrick Surtain Jr., the best player at his position in the nation, flipped from LSU to Alabama on national Signing Day in a huge win for the Tide. Four-star WR Jaylen Waddle, who picked Alabama over Texas A&M on NSD, leads a solid group of playmakers. Although this class doesn’t have the appeal of some earlier Crimson Tide classes of the past decade, it is still full of talent at positions of need. The cornerback group is especially strong. Grade: A-minus

WEDNESDAY SIGNEES (5)

LB Jaylen Moody: Moody (6 feet 2, 225 pounds) is a three-star prospect from Conway (S.C.) High, near Myrtle Beach. Recruiting interest in Moody intensified after the early signing period, and he visited Alabama, Arkansas and Ole Miss in the final three weeks allotted for official visits. His other official visit? Georgia State.

TE Michael Parker: Parker (6-6, 230 pounds) is a three-star prospect from Huntsville (Ala.) Westminster Christian. Parker was offered by Alabama in November and committed to the Tide two weeks later.

CB Eddie Smith: Smith (6-0, 180 pounds) is a three-star cornerback from Slidell (La.) Salmen, in the New Orleans suburbs. Ranked as a top-50 cornerback nationally, he had been committed to TCU until decommitting in December.

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