Tide's top class leads stacked SEC
The SEC teams haul in nation's most ESPN 150 prospects
Originally Published: February 6, 2013By RecruitingNation | ESPN.com
- TideNation: Nick Saban on Alabama class
TideNation: Nick Saban on Alabama classTom Rinaldi talks with Alabama coach Nick Saban about the Crimson Tide's recruiting philosophy. Four current ESPN 150 commits project at running back in college.Tags: Alabama Crimson Tide, TideNation, Tom Rinaldi, Nick Saban, Tyren Jones, Alvin Kamara, Derrick Henry, Atlee Tenpenny, RecruitingNation, ESPN 150, high school football recruiting, National Signing Day
A team-by-team look at the 2013 recruiting classes in the SEC.
Derrick Henry. One of the more physically impressive prospects in this entire class, Henry will head to Alabama as a promising, big running back despite measurables that may project better on defense.
Breakdown: The Tide started out strong and closed well down the stretch to finish with another elite class that helps them reload at needed positions. Needs were filled on the defensive line with disruptive DE Jonathan Allen, who is No. 28 in the ESPN 150, and Tim Williams, who is No. 36, and at DT with versatile 6-foot-3, 275-pound Dee Liner, who is No. 26 in the ESPN 150 and the No. 4 DT, and No. 11 DT A'Shawn Robinson. The offense might have received the most firepower with No. 2 WR Robert Foster, who gives Alabama yet another playmaker and continues to show how well the staff has been able to recruit on a national level. The Tide won't be hurting for running backs. Henry, a five-star prospect, has load-back potential and Alvin Kamara, the nation's No. 4 RB and No. 32 overall prospect, is a versatile back who can not only run well but is a weapon in the passing game. Add in Tyren Jones and Altee Tenpenny, the Nos. 8 and 10 running backs in the country, respectively, and this is a loaded backfield. The offense also got a boost from tight end O.J. Howard, a freakish, athletic playmaker, and QB Cooper Bateman, who has the pocket-passer skill set that fits well in this pro-style system.
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