Alabama may not have added any hardware to the postseason trophy cases in Tuscaloosa, but Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide are on cruise control to another recruiting national championship. Alabama is the leader in the latest team recruiting rankings for the Class of 2015 with just over two weeks until National Signing Day.
Alabama has scored the top recruiting haul each season since 2011, so Alabama’s spot atop the current team rankings is hardly a surprise. This year’s haul currently includes the nation’s top running back, Damien Harris (profile), and the nation’s top wide receiver, Calvin Ridley (profile). Alabama also has a commitment from the state’s top recruit, defensive tackle Daron Payne (profile) and the top prospect out of New Jersey, safety Minkah Fitzpatrick (profile). California dual-threat quarterback Blake Barnett (profile) is a four-star addition to the recruiting class as well.
Skim down the Rivals 100 and you will see nine players committed to Alabama, and six more undecided players are considered in the running for Alabama. Alabama has four five-star players currently in line to join the program. Only Florida State has more five-star players (five). While some programs must operate by a quality over quantity approach, Alabama uses both. Of Alabama’s 26 players currently committed, 20 are either four or five-star recruits.
Another year goes by but it is the same old pattern for Saban and company. Alabama does not rebuild, it simply reloads.
2015 Rivals Team Rankings (as of 1/20/2015)
2. Florida State
7. Ohio State
8. Notre Dame
9. Texas A&M
12. Penn State
13. South Carolina
15. Mississippi State
19. Miami FL
20. Virginia Tech
Full team rankings via Rivals.