5 reasons Alabama shouldn’t be worried about Georgia’s recruiting title

For the first time since 2010, the Crimson Tide didn’t have the top recruiting class in the country. In fact, Alabama didn’t even finish in the top 5; it was No. 7.

To make matters worse, Georgia — led by former Alabama DC Kirby Smart — rallied on Signing Day and finished No. 1. The Bulldogs’ 2018 class is considered one of the best of all time, finishing third in cumulative point total (323.31) behind Florida’s 2010 class (324.62) and Alabama’s 2017 class (323.87).

That has Alabama fans worried that Saban’s dominance might be coming to an end. But should they be? Absolutely not.

Here are 5 reasons Alabama shouldn’t be worried about Georgia’s recruiting title.

1. Alabama is fresh off a 7-year streak of top classes

How many SEC classes finished higher than No. 7 in the past five years?
2018: Georgia No. 1
2017: Georgia No. 3
2016: LSU No. 2, Ole Miss No. 5, Georgia No. 6
2015: Tennessee No. 4, LSU No. 5, Georgia No. 6
2014: LSU No. 2, Texas A&M No. 5, Auburn No. 6

Patrick Surtain Jr. — the No. 6 overall high school player — brings similar size (6-1, 199), athleticism and instincts. He’s actually the highest-rated defensive back Saban has signed. In addition to Surtain Jr., Alabama brought in four more highly recruited players in the secondary.

The Tide also managed to address any depth issues at edge rusher. Last year, the Tide saw several key pass rushers — including Christian Miller, Terrell Lewis, Anfernee Jennings and Rashaan Evans — miss time with injury.

In order to combat that problem, Alabama landed reinforcements with four new edge rushers. The group is led by Eyabi Anoma — the No. 1 weak side defensive end in the country — but the other three additions are valuable to the depth as well.

Anoma is the highest-rated defensive player Saban has signed.

5. Nick Saban is still in charge

At the end of the day, Alabama shouldn’t be worried about Georgia’s impressive haul — or anyone else’s for that matter — because they still have Saban.

He’s proven time-and-time again that he is the best in the business. Since 2008, Saban has finished with the No. 1 class 7 out of 11 times — and he has yet to bring in a class that wasn’t one of the two best in the SEC.

The gap may be closing, but the Tide still sits at the top.


Source: Saturday Down South

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