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Alabama officially crowned as Rivals’ 2014 recruiting champs

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What little ember of doubt remaining has officially been extinguished.

In what amounts to a nearly unprecedented move, Rivals.com announced at precisely 2:35 p.m. ET that Alabama has claimed the mythical 2014 recruiting national championship.  Most years, the top-ranked team isn’t announced until very late on National Signing Day — or sometimes the morning after.

The reason behind the early declaration is simple: the Tide’s utter dominance on the recruiting trail leading into signing day.

Alabama signed a total of 26 recruits, with an average rating of 3.92 meaning that the Tide essentially had a class of four-star players across the board.  Of the 33 five-star Rivals.com players, six of them signed with the Tide.  With three each, Auburn, Florida State and Texas A&M and LSU and Virginia (?) with two apiece were the only other programs to sign more than one five-star recruit.

25 of the Tide’s 26 signees were either five-, four- (13) or three-star (six) players.  The lone two-star recruit is tight end Ty Flournoy-Smith, who’s one of the top players at his position coming out of the JUCO ranks.

The Tide’s total of 3,263 points easily outdistances No. 2 LSU’s 2,844, a gap of 419 points.  In winning the previous three recruiting titles, the Tide’s “margin of victory” was 263 (2013), 140 (2012) and 267 (2011).  In 2010, the last year Alabama failed to claim Rivals.com team honors, USC eked out a slim 65-point “win” over Florida.

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9 Responses to “Alabama officially crowned as Rivals’ 2014 recruiting champs”
  1. dhardy8207 says: Feb 5, 2014 3:37 PM

    Lots of talent on board should produce some spectacular moments in the 2014 season. Almost can’t wait for it to get started….

    Roll Tide….

  2. be4bama says: Feb 5, 2014 3:40 PM

    NSD=Nick Saban Day
    ROLL TIDE

  3. cometkazie says: Feb 5, 2014 3:44 PM

    College football is back in the news.

    I love it.

    Only seven months until kick-off. Really a bit less than seven.

    Geaux Tigers!

  4. normtide says: Feb 5, 2014 4:39 PM

    This is not the end, it’s not even the beginning of the end. But just maybe, it’s the end of the beginning. Roll Tide

  5. thraiderskin says: Feb 5, 2014 4:41 PM

    Alabama gives me a headache… six 5-stars?

  6. louhudson23 says: Feb 5, 2014 5:18 PM

    Add 5 Star Rashaan Evans to the list……Rollin’

  7. thefiesty1 says: Feb 5, 2014 5:35 PM

    Why don’t we just start the season now and forget baseball season.

  8. Deb says: Feb 5, 2014 5:57 PM

    Woo-hoooooo!!!! Another great recruiting day for the Tide!!!! Especially loving these corners!!

    Oh how I miss football during the off-season!!

  9. 1990tiger says: Feb 6, 2014 10:00 AM

    Auburn will still beat Alabama next November….
    ;-)

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