Recruiting items to start the week reports A.J. McCarron impressed in Las Vegas Elite 11. “He is a national player, and Alabama definitely did get itself a good quarterback,” Jeremy Crabtree said on Rivals video. You can watch some highlights of McCarron making throws. McCarron is ranked a four star by Rivals, and the sixth best quarterback in the class. McCarron is a four star, according to

In case you missed it, Alabama landed Toledo, Ohio’s Mike Marrow. Marrow is a power running back coming in at 6’2”, 245 lbs. Alabama beat out national powers like Penn State, Wisconsin and Nebraska. If you want to know what type of quality individual Marrow is look at the other school on his offer list—Army.

Landing Marrow is another return to national recruiting by the Tide. This is the second year for Nick Saban to steal someone from Big Ten country. Last year Saban snagged Michigan’s Mark Ingram.

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People wonder why the seeming antisocial Saban is so powerful on the recruiting trail. Maybe because he isn’t so antisocial when it comes to private settings. Marrow told TiderInsider just how excited Saban gets with recruits:
“I just told Coach Saban a few minutes ago that I was ready to commit. He was so excited that he jumped up and hugged me. All of the coaches are really excited. The whole staff has already congratulated me and welcomed me to Alabama.”

While we are talking about recruiting, Saban told the Huntsville Times last week that early commitments might be getting a bit too early. Saban who was an innovator at landing early commitments made the comments as the Tide landed its eighth commitment of the year.

“I actually think it’s really getting pretty early now,” Saban said Thursday. “When a guy uses the summer to go to camps, go on unofficial visits, meets people and spend some time, that gives them at least a chance to make a decision.

“A lot of these guys are deciding way early in the spring and they really haven’t had an opportunity to do much investigating. Maybe they just knew all along where they wanted to go.”