Alabama Signing Day: Tide focuses on needs, not class rank

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08 February, 2018

Surtain picked the Crimson Tide over Clemson, LSU and Miami. The first of three previously committed prospects flipped when four-star defensive lineman Bobby Brown elected to stay home and sign at Texas A&M.

Should Surtain sign with LSU, he will be the Tigers' second five-star prospect in the class along with Parkway High/Bossier City's Terrace Marshall (6-4, 186), who is the No. 3 wide receiver in the nation, No. 21 prospect in the nation overall and No. 1 prospect in Louisiana.

The ranking marks the first time Alabama did not finish with a top 5 class since Saban's first class in 2007 when the Crimson Tide finished No. 10 in the nation.

Campbell chose Georgia over Alabama and Miami among others during a signing day announcement at his school. While Saban and Co. are bringing in potential stars, as they always do, there isn't the same number of high-level recruits that we're accustomed to seeing at the top of their class. The Tigers led for over a year in Surtain's recruitment. We were pleased with the guys we were able to attract. The Tigers had nine defensive backs in the National Football League in 2017 to seven from Alabama.

"Sometimes it matches up in terms of how you get ranked and rated, and sometimes it doesn't, but you have to try to solve some of the needs that you have on your team", Saban said.

Alabama Signing Day: Tide focuses on needs, not class rank
Alabama Signing Day: Tide focuses on needs, not class rank

"We're really excited about the players that we were able to attract in this recruiting class", Saban said in his National Signing Day news conference. "We want guys who want to be at LSU".

You can't build a more flawless prospect from the cornerback position. In 2012, No. 2 safety Landon Collins, who was the No. 1 prospect in Louisiana out of Dutchtown High just outside of Baton Rouge and the No. 17 national prospect, signed with Alabama.

So, where does that leave Alabama's class from a rankings standpoint?

The Fort Lauderdale native had been linked to LSU for some time, and also had his pick of the litter with a grand total of 32 offers heading into Signing Day. Alabama missed on several targets on Wednesday such as 4-star defensive end Malik Langham and 4-star wide receiver Jacob Copeland, who signed with Florida, 4-star wide receiver Justyn Ross, who signed with Clemson and 3-star tight end Glenn Beal, who signed with Texas A&M.

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