National signing day 2014: Alabama on verge of best recruiting class of all-time

Alabama Crimson Tide

Nov 9, 2013; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban in front of his team as they prepare to take the field against the LSU Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

The hype surrounding national signing day may be a little subdued compared to year’s past as many of the nation’s top recruits have already committed and even enrolled at their college. But one of the top uncommitted prospects is five-star outside linebacker Rashaan Evans (Auburn, Al. Auburn) and if he picks the Alabama Crimson Tide, history will have been made.

Rivals.com’s Greg Ladky, who created the new team rankings formula said that if Alabama holds its current 24 commitments and can add a five-star prospect like Rashaan Evans or flip Miami commit Chad Thomas, Alabama “will have the best class Rivals.com has seen in the Rivals250 era.”

Evans will choose either the Auburn Tigers or Crimson Tide on national signing day after having both schools at his home for an in-home visit at the same time.

Even without Evans or Thomas, Alabama is a virtual lock to finish with the top recruiting class for a fourth straight year and rival SEC assistants are taking notice of the historic job of recruiting Nick Saban and his staff have done this year.

“Honestly, in all my years, it’s by far the most ridiculous class I’ve ever seen,” says an SEC assistant. “It’s off-the-charts. It might have the best O-line class of all time. (They) hit home runs at every need and then some. It’s hard not to find a difference-maker in it.”

Alabama failed to win a third national title in a row this year when they lost to Auburn and enter the offseason on a two-game losing streak after losing to Oklahoma in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, but Wednesday will unofficially start the 2014 season with a big win for Alabama.

Florida’s 2010 recruiting class which featured Ronald Powell, Sharif Floyd and Dominique Easley, Matt Elam, among others is currently the best class in that span, but it looks like Alabama is about to claim that title as well.

Topics: Alabama Crimson Tide, Football, Nick Saban, Rashaan Evans, Recruiting

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