Alabama already targeting 2013 needs

Offensive line, tight end among positions at which Tide have identified key prospects

Updated: February 2, 2012, 10:24 PM ET
By Alex Scarborough | TideNation
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- What made the University of Alabama's 2012 signing class so impressive was not all the stars or the team-high 13 prospects from the ESPNU 150. It was the fact coach Nick Saban and the rest of the staff got talented players at positions of need. They weren't frivolously reaching for the headline players; they were looking for the right players.

O.J. Howard
Jamie Newberg/ESPN.comO.J. Howard could be a force at tight end for Alabama in 2013.
Saban singled out a few areas and attacked, snatching up two stellar wide receivers to fill the holes left behind by Marquis Maze and Brandon Gibson, and nabbing three of the four the best linebackers in the state to replace Dont'a Hightower and Courtney Upshaw. Before the kicking debacle on Nov. 5 ever happened, the staff had secured the commitment of Adam Griffith, a top 10 kicker.

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