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— Jason Metz (@jmetz75) August 21, 2013
The recruiting calendar just seems to become more and more accelerated, and that means coaching staffs must internally evaluate their current numbers, depth and talent level projecting at least two years out. At Alabama, perhaps as much or more than any other program in college football right now, this also means they must prepare for early departures to the NFL, which can sneak up on you and leave you with unexpected holes if you don’t prepare in advance. As it stands right now, Alabama has five verbal commitments, all of which are in the ESPN Junior 300. At quarterback they are adding more youth and depth to enhance competition at the position, considering they do not yet know who will succeed AJ McCarron. They got one of the two best West Coast QBs in Ricky Town out of California. Right now it might look like Alabama is stocked at running back, but if history tells us anything, those guys are three-and-out NFL draft choices, which is why RB DeSherrius Flowers is a must in-state take and a nice fit for the power run game — a blend between Mark Ingram and T.J. Yeldon. DE Mekhi Brown has a Barkevious Mingo feel to him. Mingo was about 185 pounds out of high school as an explosive edge rusher, and Brown is built in a similar mold, but is likely to play in the role currently occupied by Adrian Hubbard. OG Dallas Warmack (should be a familiar name to Bama fans) and S Deionte Thompson round out this early crop. To be honest, the earlier you gain commits, the more you have to project and the bigger the risk. This is why Alabama has traditionally avoided a high volume of underclassman commits, unless they can get them in camp early on.