Alabama Football Recruiting: 2013 RBs Will Push Eddie Lacy to Enter NFL Draft

Ethan GrantAnalyst IJanuary 11, 2013

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 07:  Eddie Lacy #42 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs with the ball against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship game at Sun Life Stadium on January 7, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The 2013 Alabama Crimson Tide recruiting class is downright silly.

According to ESPN's evaluation of the high school talent, Nick Saban picked up five-star running back Derrick Henry, 14 four-star players and another three three-star kids to help this team try to get its third straight BCS National Championship, and its fourth in the last five seasons.

That being said, there's a quality amount of talent coming in at a position that currently has standouts Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon holding down the fort.

The running backs coming to Tuscaloosa as well as Lacy's solid draft stock make this an easy decision for the one-time Trent Richardson backup. He should be heading to the NFL.

According to CBS Sports' Jeremy Fowler, Lacy and standout cornerback Dee Milliner are expected to announce that they will enter the 2013 NFL Draft on Friday:

Two #Alabama football sources say they expect RB Eddie Lacy and CB Dee Milliner to declare for the NFL draft.…

— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerCBS) January 10, 2013

That would be the right decision for Lacy and even Milliner, but with the unpredictability of the college football student-athlete's mind, who knows what Lacy will decide. He could risk the the chance of making a great deal of money one more time in order to pursue an unprecedented third-straight title. 

But if he's smart, Lacy will go ahead and take the plunge to the next level, for a few reasons.

First, this year's draft class is one of the weaker groups for offensive skill players. Even QB is a paltry position, as Kansas City will have its hands full deciding if Geno Smith is really the right choice to be their franchise QB.

North Carolina's Giovani Bernard is the highest-rated running back prospect right now, but after Lacy's dominating performance against the supposed top defense in the nation in the title game, he'll now have a chance to move up draft boards and potentially into the top two rounds. 

If you watched Lacy against Notre Dame, you know that he is no joke. Lacy dominated the second level and made tacklers miss all night—one of the big reason's why Notre Dame couldn't get off the field on third down.

Not only is Lacy's draft stock high, but another reason why he should leave is because the new kids will be in town fairly soon, too.

According to ESPN's Alex Scarborough, at least nine recruits will enroll in the spring semester at Alabama, and one of those kids is the aforementioned Henry, the five-star RB from Florida with the kind of explosiveness that T.J. Yeldon brought last season.

Yeldon will be in the backfield a bunch next season, and also challenging for more time will be current freshmen Kenyan Drake, Dee Hart and Trey Roberts. Adding in Henry and current recruits Tyren Jones and Altee Tenpenny will only give the Tide more depth than half the SEC.

When Lacy takes the podium on Friday, don't be surprised if he announces his decision to turn pro. Alabama has been a good home with many accolades for him, but now is his chance to cash in big.

That's the main reason for him forgoing another season, but you can bet this recruiting class is in the mix, too. At the very least, you won't see Saban begging him to return—not that Saban is the begging type in the first place.

That's just how loaded this recruiting class is at running back. I guess you're afforded that luxury when you reach dynasty status.


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