23 signees enrolled for summer
Twenty-three of Alabamaâ€™s #1 signing class are already enrolled at UA. These 23 are set for summer term classes. But there remains a tight squeeze with the numbers. Additional players could enroll next term, Saban told the Montgomery Advertiser.
So far, six players from the signing class will delay enrollment due to academic or baseball reasons: Devonta Bolton, Destin Hood, Brandon Lewis, Ivan Matchett, Kerry Murphy and Melvin Ray.
The Advertiser still tries to sell the numbers game as a crisis.
A total of 65 players are currently on scholarship, a number that is approximately five over the limit should Alabama bring in the NCAA-mandated limit of 25 freshmen. The signing class of 32 includes two freshmen who enrolled in January and count against the 2007 total, leaving Alabama five over the limit in that category as well.
I find those numbers doubtful when you start factoring in injuriesâ€”players who likely would never play again. Iâ€™m very doubtful weâ€™ll see Zeke Knight. I hope Iâ€™m wrong, but.
And I donâ€™t understand what the hell they mean by this sentence, â€ The signing class of 32 includes two freshmen who enrolled in January and count against the 2007 total, leaving Alabama five over the limit in that category as well.â€
That makes no sense. How can Alabama be five over the limit for 2007 signing class? Or am I just reading that line wrong?
The Advertiser also isn’t counting one player likely to be on an academic scholarship (Bryant Scholarship). Such a player does not count against the 85 limit. There is a numbers game to play here, but the numbers aren’t anything as dire as the Advertiser would make us think.