It's hard to say that the Alabama Crimson Tide have many needs as far as recruiting is concerned, because head coach Nick Saban always makes sure his depth chart is stacked. But, if there is a recruit in the 2013 class that the Crimson Tide just need to have, it would be 5-star defensive lineman Montravius Adams.
Adams is 6'3'', 290 pounds and he's the No. 2 overall recruit in the country, according to 247Sports. He's obviously extremely talented as a defensive lineman, and he'd fit perfectly into Alabama's defensive scheme—where he'd play 5-technique (defensive end in a 3-4) or a 3-tech (between guard and tackle) in a 4-3 front. It's worth noting that former Alabama star defensive lineman Marcell Dareus played on the outside of the defensive line, and the Alabama coaching staff has told Adams that they want to utilize him in the same way.
Adams has all the intangibles to be a superstar.
He's got great power and explosion off the line of scrimmage, but he's also quick and agile enough to make plays off the edge. He has a variety of moves that will allow him to rip inside a blocker, but he can also swim outside and use his speed. He'll be able to get after the quarterback with his aggressive nature and cause a lot of havoc in the backfield, but he's also disciplined and big enough to hold his own against the running game.
Adams would be much more than a player to fill a gap for Alabama. He'd be a playmaker, and he'd be a game changer.
He also fits a huge need when you look at Alabama's depth chart.
Damion Square and Quinton Dial are both seniors at the defensive end spot, and Ed Stinton is a junior, so they're going to need to get some young depth at the position very soon. Looking at what Saban has coming in for 2013, DeMarcus Walker is really the only end that would fit at the 5/3-tech, while Jonathan Allen projects to be more of a 3-4 outside linebacker.
This makes Adams all the more important for Alabama.
When considering the "must have" recruit, it's smart to look at the other options as well, and Alabama has a few interested recruits that would certainly match the description.
The one player that came close to beating out Adams for this title was 5-star offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, who checks in at 6'6'', 295 pounds and projects to be an elite offensive tackle at the college level. Tunsil has Alabama and Georgia on top of his interest list, according to 247Sports, and obviously the Tide would love to get his commitment.
It would seem as if offensive line would be a crucial spot for 'Bama, considering that Chance Warmack and Barrett Jones are seniors, and Anthony Steen and D.J. Fluker are both juniors. While Tunsil would be a great commitment, the Tide have commitments from four other lineman recruits for 2013, so they've already done a great job of filling that need.
Tunsil would be a luxury at this point, so I can't classify him as "must have."
It's also easy to feel good about what Alabama has coming in offensively in this 2013 class, so they should be just fine on that side of the ball. What they're missing right now is a defensive recruit with superstar potential, and Adams certainly has it.
The fact of the matter is that Saban's 2013 class is already pretty impressive—ranked No. 5 overall by Rivals.com and it features 5-star tight end O.J. Howard and 5-star running back Derrick Henry, amongst others. Per usual, Alabama has done a great job of using their recruiting class to stock up their depth chart, and this 2013 class projects to be the next wave of great players for the Crimson Tide.
It's hard to consider them having any needs, but if there's a recruit Saban and Tide must have though, it's undoubtedly Adams.
Want to actually see how good Adams is? Check out Bleacher Report's Full Ride scouting report: