2016 Commitment Evaluations

Saban Makes Recruiting Seem Easy, Brings in Another #1 Class

Nick Saban brings in another number one class. (Photo Cedric Mason, TDA Magazine)

Saban Makes Recruiting Seem Easy, Brings in Another #1 Class

By: Larry Burton

Saban makes recruiting seem easy, but that’s only because you don’t see all the behind the scenes work he does. What is easy though, is predicting that this is a trend that seems to have no end in the foreseeable future.

While many Tide fans were worried seeing the Tide rated as low as 10th in the days before national signing day, this magazine told Alabama fans not to worry, that the Tide would roll in strong, hard and late when it mattered and that’s just what happened.

Instead of being in a celebratory mood, Saban seemed irritated that things couldn’t have been buttoned up earlier noting that this year many of their targets were waiting until the very last moment to pull the handle. But if the process that got the commitments bothered him, certainly the players he landed didn’t, although in true Saban fashion, he still is upset he didn’t get everyone he wanted. Only Saban would have something bad in a number one rated class.

What he did get was blocks to build another championship or two, or three on.

In just the last two days, Saban added four and five star players that easily pushed Alabama to the top of most all the ranking services lists. Here are those late signees:

Name Pos Location Ht Wt Stars Committed
Irvin Smith TE New Orleans, LA 6’4″ 237  3 2/3/16
Terrell Hall DE Washington, undefined 6’5″ 251  5 2/3/16
Lyndell Wilson LB Montgomery, AL 6’1″ 235  5 2/3/16
Jared Mayden DB Sachse, TX 6’0″ 199  4 2/3/16
Jamar King DE Ukiah, CA 6’5″ 285  3 2/3/16
Aaron Robinson ATH Deerfield Beach, FL 6’1″ 173  3 2/3/16
Joshua Jacobs RB Tulsa, OK 5’10” 200  3 2/3/16
Ben Davis LB Gordo, AL 6’4″ 236  5 2/3/16
Shyheim Carter ATH Kentwood, LA 5’10” 181  4 2/3/16
Scott Lashley OL West Point, MS 6’6″ 298  3 2/2/16
Nigel Knott DB Madison, MS 6’0″ 170  4 2/1/16

To finish the list of earlier commitments:

Name                                   POS       Location                                       Ht    Wt            Stars          Committed

Raekwon Davis DT Meridian, MS 6’7″ 305  4 1/18/16               
Trevon Diggs WR Gaithersburg, MD        6’0″ 188  4 11/7/15
Shawn Jennings DB Dadeville, AL 6’2″ 217  3 7/28/15
B.J. Emmons RB Morganton, NC 5’11” 205  4 7/20/15
Quinnen Williams DT Birmingham, AL 6’4″ 265  4 6/30/15
Miller Forristall TE Cartersville, GA 6’5″ 215  3 6/13/15
Jalen Hurts QB Channelview, TX 6’2″ 196 4 6/5/15
Charles Baldwin OL Brooklyn, NY 6’5″ 305  5 6/5/15
Kendell Jones DT Killeen, TX 6’4″ 351  4 5/22/15
Deonte Brown OL Decatur, AL 6’4″ 320  3 4/29/15
Chris Owens OL Arlington, TX 6’4″ 315  3 4/22/15
Jonah Williams OL Folsom, CA 6’5″ 280  5 4/4/15
T.J. Simmons WR Pinson, AL 6’1″ 191  4 2/19/15

Some coaches say that Saban doesn’t recruit, he simply selects the ones he wants and leaves the rest for them to fight over, but that’s certainly not true and certainly not true this year. But it does seem to others that he does make recruiting look easy.

For the ranking by teams, here is Rivals list down to 51st place where Vanderbilt comes in. That way you can see where all the other SEC and top schools were ranked.

Rank School Total 5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars Avg Points
1
Alabama
24 5 10 9 3.83 2885
2
Florida State
25 1 18 4 3.72 2816
3
Ohio State
24 2 15 7 3.79 2704
4
Michigan
28 1 15 12 3.61 2603
5
Clemson
22 3 10 6 3.59 2530
6
LSU
23 0 15 6 3.57 2515
7
Mississippi
24 2 10 12 3.58 2507
8
USC
20 2 11 7 3.75 2429
9
Auburn
21 2 11 6 3.62 2403
10
Georgia
20 3 10 6 3.75 2387
11
UCLA
29 1 10 15 3.31 2380
12
Notre Dame
23 1 12 9 3.57 2289
13
Texas
24 1 10 13 3.50 2259
14
Florida
25 1 9 13 3.36 2219
15
Tennessee
21 1 10 9 3.52 2202
16
Texas A&M
21 0 10 11 3.48 2109
17
Baylor
22 0 9 13 3.41 2104
18
Stanford
24 1 6 13 3.17 1981
19
Michigan State
18 0 10 7 3.50 1911
20
TCU
22 0 6 15 3.23 1854
21
Miami (FL)
18 0 7 10 3.33 1816
22
Penn State
20 0 6 13 3.32 1805
23
North Carolina
24 0 6 15 3.13 1773
24
Nebraska
21 0 4 16 3.14 1771
25
Oklahoma
18 0 8 7 3.28 1752
26
South Carolina
25 0 6 14 3.04 1724
27
Oregon
18 0 5 13 3.28 1705
28
California
25 0 4 16 2.96 1705
29
Kentucky
25 1 4 14 3.00 1702
30
Pittsburgh
24 0 5 16 3.08 1678
31
Duke
21 0 4 14 3.05 1656
32
Arkansas
20 0 4 14 3.10 1638
33
Wisconsin
24 0 4 19 3.13 1594
34
Arizona State
18 1 4 12 3.28 1590
35
Utah
23 0 2 17 2.91 1575
36
Mississippi State
17 1 3 13 3.29 1554
37
Washington
18 0 7 6 3.11 1541
38
Louisville
23 0 3 14 2.91 1541
39
West Virginia
27 0 2 16 2.74 1491
40
Maryland
21 0 4 10 2.86 1489
41
Oregon State
24 0 2 17 2.91 1488
42
Iowa
24 0 0 21 2.88 1455
43
North Carolina State
23 0 2 15 2.83 1453
44
Houston
19 1 2 10 2.89 1438
45
Texas Tech
24 0 2 19 2.96 1425
46
Oklahoma State
21 0 1 18 2.95 1408
47
Northwestern
20 0 1 16 2.90 1398
48
Brigham Young
24 0 4 9 2.71 1388
49
Virginia Tech
19 0 2 14 2.95 1365
50
Minnesota
20 0 1 12 2.70 1356
51
Missouri
18 0 3 11 2.94 1260
52
Iowa State
28 0 1 14 2.57 1260
53
Arizona
16 0 2 11 2.94 1247
54
Washington State
22 0 0 16 2.73 1245
55
Indiana
21 0 0 14 2.67 1215
56
Syracuse
20 0 0 15 2.75 1215
57
UCF
20 0 2 9 2.65 1214
58
Boise State
26 0 0 13 2.52 1200
59
Vanderbilt
20 0 1 9 2.55 1190

Larry has been published in almost every media outlet for college sports and now primarily writes here for Touchdown Alabama. Follow Larry on Twitter for inside thoughts and game time comments at https://twitter.com/LBSportswriter

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