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Alabama Football Recruiting: Most Important Remaining Targets for Crimson Tide

Jan 5, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; East offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil (77) talks to reporters after the U.S. Army All-American Bowl high school football game at the Alamodome. The East won 15-8. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistJanuary 28, 2013

Earlier this month, Alabama won another national championship in dominant fashion over Notre Dame. While the players enjoyed the spotlight, the coaching staff got right back to work to make sure more titles will be on the way for the Crimson Tide.

While Nick Saban and company have put together another terrific class, there are still some recruits that need attention leading up to national signing day. The nation's top class is within reach if they can secure a few more big names.

Let's take a look at one player on each side of the ball that Alabama should be focused on over the next week. These are the players that can help put the class over the top.


Offense: Laremy Tunsil

The basis of Alabama's offense isn't its star running backs or quarterback AJ McCarron. Those pieces come and go over the years, but the unit is able to remain consistent because the line is always strong.

A playmaker's job becomes a lot easier when that's the case.

Tunsil is a mammoth offensive tackle with immense upside. He's rated as a 5-star prospect by 247 Sports and is one of the top undeclared recruits left searching for a home. The Crimson Tide hope he ends up choosing Tuscaloosa.

Georgia and Ole Miss are also in the mix, but it seems like a showdown between the SEC Championship Game counterparts. In any SEC rivalry like that, every advantage a program can gain over its top opponents is magnified.

The Tide must ensure they are able to keep the line strong moving forward. Tunsil would ensure one of the tackle spots is secure for the immediate future.


Defense: Vonn Bell

While some Alabama fans might point toward Montravius Adams or Eddie Vanderdoes—two top defensive tackles—as the main focus on defense, don't overlook Bell. The Crimson Tide need to replenish their safety depth.

247 Sports gives him a 5-star grade and lists Tennessee and Ohio State as the main competition for Alabama. All three schools received visits from Bell in January, so it's hard to get a good read on which one came out of that with the edge.

Bell is the type of player who can transform an entire defense once he gains experience at the college level. He's shown the ability to play in the box and make plays in pass defense, which is the versatility coaches are always looking for.

The Crimson Tide continue to prove that defense wins championships at the college level. Bell is a player who can help keep that legacy alive moving forward.


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