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The answer to this question lies in the numbers of their current roster, which generally is not public information. When you consider midyear enrollees, midyear graduation, any off-the-field issues that could result in a dismissal, if a player decides to transfer or being able to count back toward another class -- this will have an effect on just how many players Alabama will be able to bring in.
Keep in mind they have to be at or under 85 at all times. Scholarship numbers are like puzzle pieces that can fit into more than one spot, it’s about when and where you place them, which gives just about every roster some flexibility with their numbers, but not too much. Grayshirting comes into play with these numbers as well if a prospect is on board with this developmental approach, which can be very beneficial to prospects long term.