National Signing Day Predictions

It’s become my third favorite holiday, behind Thanksgiving and Christmas.

National Signing Day.

In the days before Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban, not so much. But in the amazing five year run he has put Alabama on since taking over at the Capstone, National Signing Day has been a fun ride. Will tomorrow be the same?

This recruiting season has been more turbulent than most in recent memory, with tons of commitments second guessing and changing their tune. However, I still contend that I stopped worrying about recruiting…and basically ever other aspect of our football program…when Nick Saban stepped onto the tarmac in Tuscaloosa that beautiful wintry day in 2007.

Whatever happens tomorrow will unfold in the lap of the most meticulous, masterful coach in college’s version of the game of football. Nevertheless, here’s what I think will happen:

Alabama currently has 21 commitments, including 9 that were early enrollments this spring making spring practice a reality for them. These are:

JUCO transfers:
Aaron Douglas/OL/6-5/285/Maryville, Tenn./Western Arizona CC – an All-American at Tennessee before transferring following Kiffengate. Solid impact player on the offensive line. A Rivals 4-star
Quinton Dial/DL/6-6/315/Pinson, Ala./East Mississippi CC/Clay-Chalkville – a man-child on the defensive line, and another Rivals 4-star.
Jesse Williams/DL/6-4/330/Brisbane, Australia/Western Arizona CC – a freakish beast on the defensive line; an aggressive space eater like Terrence Cody, minus the gut. A Rivals 4-star

Early Enrollees
Trey DePriest/LB/6-2/231/Springfield, Ohio/Springfield – Jim Tressell wanted DePriest badly, but the Rivals 4-star and ESPNU150 linebacker followed his heart to Tuscaloosa.
Phillip Ely/QB/6-1/186/Tampa, Fla./Plant – As a Rivals 3-start, an anomaly among some of the other highly touted players Bama has signed of late. Then again, Greg McElroy wasn’t exactly on everybody’s wish list coming out of high school.
Dee Hart/RB/5-8/190/Orlando, FL – One of two current Rivals 5-stars, possibly the most explosive player to in this class. Will make an immediate impact on special teams (think Javy Arenas) if not in the backfield. Also an ESPNU150 player.
Vinnie Sunseri/LB/6-0/205/Tuscaloosa, Ala./Northridge – son of Alabama assistant coach Sal Sunseri, a tough player.

2010 Greyshirts who will resign:
Ronald Carswell/WR/6-0/180/Macon, Ga./Westside – one of the top receivers in the state of Georgia.
Wilson Love/DL/6-4/285/Mountain Brook, Ala./Mountain Brook – brother of Bama lineman Tyler Love.

So that’s who we have on campus right now…but who will Bama add tomorrow?

Commits who keep their commitment
Hasean Clinton-Dix, S – the top safety prospect in the country, according to Rivals (4-star) and ESPNU150 player out of Florida.
Xzavier Dickson, DE – a Rivals 4-star and ESPNU150 player – a steal from the great state of Georgia
Malcolm Faciane, TE – ranked by ESPN as the #4 TE prospect in the land, and an ESPNU150 player
LaMichael Fanning, DE – a 4-star by Rivals and ESPN
Jabriel Washington, ATH – a 4-star by Rivals and ESPN from the state of Tennessee
D.J. Pettway, DE – a 4-star from Rivals/ESPN from Pensacola.
Christion Jones, CB – a 4-star from Rivals/ESPN and a rare in-state player (on an unusually weak in-state class)
Bradley Sylve, WR – an ESPNU150 player and Rivals 4-star.
Danny Woodson Jr., WR – my favorite of the class so far, his dad was a freak athlete at Bama. Can’t wait to see him in Crimson. A Rivals 4-star and ESPNU150 player.
Shannon Brown, ILB – A Rivals 4-star and ESPNU 3-star linebacker from the state of Georgia.
Marvin Shinn, WR – another impact player I can’t wait to see in uniform; Rivals 4-star and ESPN150 player.
Ryan Kelly, OC – another Ohio product, an early commit for the future of our offensive line.
Isaac Luatua, OG – an interior lineman from California, a 3-star by Rivals/ESPNU.
Daryl Collins, WR – from the high school juggernaut Gadsden City Titans.

So who’s left on the board?

1. The big dog everybody wants is 5-star offensive line prospect Cyrus Kouandjio. Cyrus K is the younger brother of Arie Kouandjio, currently on the Tide roster. Cyrus has been a strong Bama lean until late. It reportedly is down to Alabama, Auburn and New Mexico. However, interest in Auburn came of late, and his parents didn’t even make the trip to last weekend’s visit in Lee County. ITK prediction? My gut tells me Auburn…and my gut hurts at the moment.

2. Gabe Wright out of Georgia has been an Auburn lean for some time, also considering Alabama, Clemson and Tennessee. I am hearing that Derrick Dooley has stolen this defensive tackle from the Tigers. I don’t believe what I hear though. ITK prediction? Auburn

3. Isaiah Crowell is the nation’s top running back, and word is he’s been a Georgia lock for along time. Whispers of late however have him interested in playing for a champion, and that this clearly isn’t going to happen in Athens. Delusional barners want to believe he’s interested in Auburn, but he has NFL aspirations, and the dipsy-doo, trickeroo offense gets no one ready for the NFL. In a complete shock… ITK prediction? Alabama

4. Jeoffery Pagan is another Georgia prospect that has shown interest in Alabama. Some think there’s a good chance he comes to Tuscaloosa, but I think this is one Mark Richt has locked up. ITK prediction? Georgia

5. Nick Brassell is a talented receiver under heavy pressure to stay at home and play for Houston Nutt. He won’t win anything that matters there, outside of a possible Egg Bowl…if Dan Mullen leaves. Still, that’s where he’s going. ITK prediction? Ole Miss

6. The nation’s top overall prospect is Jadeveon Clowney. Don’t let the last name fool you, there is nothing funny about getting mauled by this violent defensive end, although watching his highlights honestly made me laugh. It was utterly hilarious watching him dominate everyone…everyone…in front of him on the football field. Bama has a real shot at Clowney, but there are family reasons he may need to stay in the state of South Carolina. He wants to announce on his birthday (Feb. 14), so word likely won’t come tomorrow. Still, something tells me Jadeveon plays in Tuscaloosa, and if so, he’ll start from day one. ITK prediction? Alabama

And finally, one final prediction for the day. Linebacker Brent Calloway had been a 2-year commit to Alabama before he began listening to the woos of the Auburn Tigers. Word is he believed the lie that Cam Newton would return for his senior season, and he was swept away in the 24-hour Cam orgy. He wanted to play with Cam, but that isn’t going to happen. Cam took the money and ran (again), and Newton certainly won’t make it three years in the NFL for Brent to meet up with him in the pros. In the most satisfying signing of the day, Calloway shifts back to reality and signs with Alabama.

Oh how I love signing day! Regardless of any surprises tomorrow, at worst Alabama signs its fifth top five class in a row. At best they sign their third #1 class in five years, continuing to assure the SEC that like some of its brethren, the Tide is not a flash in the pan. And with the signatures of Cyrus Kouandjio, Isaiah Crowell and/or Jadeveon Clowney, Alabama signs not only the top class, but maybe the best it has ever had.

Thank you Coach Nick Saban.

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  1. 1
    AubieMan39

    Оберн поклонников спать со своими сестрами.

  2. 2
    bamadon

    No way in hell does Cyrus sign with the barn!!! Bama all the way.
    Crowell will sign with the dawgs and Pagan to. Clowney will
    stay at home with his buddies in SC. Brassell will sign with
    the rebels and Wright signs with the barn. RTR

  3. 3
    GREATEST CFB IN HISTORY ROLL TIDE

    bama don – ga insider who ga fans worship as a guru says all bama clowney cyrus crowell calloway….ga gets jenkins pagan….i’m confident like 2010 bama vs miss st on the field

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    GREATEST CFB IN HISTORY ROLL TIDE

    ITK – IS DEAD ON MINUS CK – CK ENJOYED THE SKANKS IN AU BUT HE WILL REALIZE SKANKS ARE ALL OVER HIS PARENTS HS COACH AND BROTHER AND ROLLS WITH THE TIDE

    GREAT JOB PERFECT

  5. 8
    Dozier34

    Congrats are in order on the eve of national signing day for the 2 seller classes that AU and UA have put together. Nick saban has once again proved that he is a top notch recruiter and it looks like AU will put together back-2-back top-5 recruiting classes which I assume it’s safe to say nobody but chizik and his staff saw coming. If this continues, from both schools in the future, this era of AU/UA footbal could go down as greatest in the storied tradition of the rivalry. Man, the next few years are going to be exciting and I for one am really really excited for the what futue holds.

  6. 9
    AUTiger47

    Dozier,

    I agree that it could be a lot of fun if both programs kept up this pace. Since graduating from Auburn, I’ve lived in Florida, Ohio, and currently Oklahoma. Those states think they know what a rivalry is… They have no idea! 🙂 We have the best rivalry in all of sports, and I freaking love it.

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