By Jeremy SiegelIt’s the summer of 2020, and it’s the time of year when recruits are supposed to be heading to the state.
And it’s time to remember that the Crimson Tide will be one of the most important programs in the nation next year.
As we head into the recruiting season, it’s easy to forget that Alabama is one of two schools that has been recruiting Alabama since the beginning of the last century.
And now that they have two of the top recruits in the country in the class of 2021, it will be a year where Alabama’s recruiting power will be on display.
We have a very good idea of the caliber of recruits that Alabama will be sending this summer.
But how much does this year’s class look like the ones of 2017?
That depends on how you look at it.
The 2017 class was a solid one, with four top-10 recruits (and one in the top five) in the 247Sports Composite rankings.
But there were some significant departures from that class.
The biggest departures from the class that ended up in the 2018 class was wide receiver Shaquille Jones, who left for the New Orleans Saints.
But he left with the No. 2 overall pick, a position that will be crucial for the Crimsons in 2019.
That same player also left the school after one season, leaving with the top overall pick.
Then there’s quarterback Jordan Jefferson, who was committed to Alabama until he decommitted.
The Tide’s first-round pick, defensive tackle DeForest Buckner, left for Oklahoma, while offensive lineman Dontavious White left for Auburn, a school that was the top recruit in the SEC in the 2017 class.
Then, the most notable departure of the class was linebacker Christian Kirk.
He decommitted after his junior year to play for the Washington Huskies.
He was one of Alabama’s top recruits and a top-five recruit in that class, but he had a big fall.
Kirk committed to Ohio State but also committed to Auburn, which is another SEC school that Alabama was recruiting.
This fall, Alabama is recruiting for a new quarterback, a receiver, and a linebacker.
It will be interesting to see if the recruiting class looks as strong as it did in the first year of the new regime, which was the best recruiting class in the history of the sport.
If Alabama is going to remain a top recruiting program, it’ll have to be one that has the same caliber of talent.
There are a number of programs that could compete with Alabama in the 2019 class, and if the Crimsonbacks have a recruiting class that is comparable to the ones that produced last year’s Crimson Tide, then Alabama could be a force in the ACC.