Though the 2023 recruiting class has yet to play a meaningful snap, it’s never too early to look ahead.
Alabama’s 2024 recruiting class is slowly coming together but has some ground to make up if it wants to return to the top.
Currently, ESPN’s latest recruiting rankings have the Crimson Tide sitting at No. 13, a slight improvement from its previous ranking of 14.
The top-three teams are No. 1 Georgia, No. 2 Florida and No. 3 Ohio State. Much can and will change by the time all is said and done.
Craig Haubert of ESPN briefly broke down the Crimson Tide’s current situation.
“Having signed their eighth No. 1 class under Nick Saban, it should come as no surprise to see the Crimson Tide assembling a top class for the 2024 cycle.
After just signing the No. 2 CB in the 2023 class in Desmond Ricks, they already have another five-star CB in Jaylen Mbakwe.
The top in-state player, he is a confident coverage corner with fluid hips and excellent speed. On the heels of signing two QBs in the 2023 class,
the Tide added another top signal-caller in five-star Julian Sayin, a passer out of California with a live arm who makes good decisions and moves well to create second opportunities.
Perry Thompson, who went to the same high school as Alabama great Julio Jones, is another big, talented target with good speed who can also be an aggressive runner after the catch.
In-state DL Isaiah Faga flipped from Utah to Alabama, giving the Tide a defender in the trenches with good power and strong hands.”
According to ESPN’s rankings, Alabama if the fifth-highest-ranked SEC team, falling behind the likes of South Carolina, LSU, Florida and Georgia.
With plenty of time before the 2024 cycle ends, Tide fans should expect a noticeable change in where Alabama is ranked in the coming months.
Our own Brody Smoot recently broke down a handful of players that could soon commit to the Crimson Tide, which would certainly improve the ranking.
Haubert’s analysis of the class makes it clear that Saban is, once again setting himself and the program up for success and being outside the top 10 is not a cause for concern in the slightest.
Roll Tide Wire will continue to follow recruiting as the 2023 offseason continues.