Recruiting forecast: state down in 2010

The chatter from earlier this year seems to be accurate—the state of Alabama will see a lower level of talent in the 2010 recruiting class than in previous years. The experts at (FREE) provided some interesting comments on recruiting this year (both nationally and of local interest). Three of the five analysts questioned answered this question with Alabama:

Q: Is there a “good” state that doesn’t have as many good players as usual?
Barry Every’s answer:
The state of Alabama has had back-to-back banner years for talent. But there is no D.J. Fluker, Nico Johnson or Julio Jones in this year’s class. Look for Auburn and Alabama to go out of state more than usual in recruiting this year.

Jamie Newberg’s answer:
Alabama has produced a lot of talent the last two years, but this is more of an average year in Alabama. It’s significant simply because the past two in-state classes were outstanding.

Barton Simmons’ answer:
The state of Alabama has been a great talent well over the past three years, with blue-chip talent at the top and depth to boot. This year, though there is still solid depth, the nationally recruited types have yet to emerge.