Alabama Football Recruiting: Stellar Class Ensures Continued Success for Tide

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent INovember 17, 2016

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - JANUARY 08:  Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks to the media during the Discover BCS National Championship Press Conference at the Harbor Beach Marriott on January 8, 2013 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The Alabama Crimson Tide are about to follow up their national championship by winning the recruiting war for 2013. 

As of Feb. 4, Alabama sits at No. 1 in 247Sports' composite national recruiting class rankings. ESPN (behind the insider pay wall) has them No. 2, behind only Florida. The Gators are second in 247Sports' rankings. 

Obviously, this class is loaded. With national signing day rapidly approaching (it's this Wednesday) the Crimson Tide are credited with 22 commitments, and that includes some of the elite of the elite. 

Four of those 22 are 5-star recruits, according to 247Sports. This doesn't seem like an overwhelming number, but 247 is stingy with its 5-star rankings, and they only have 23 of their 5-star players as having already committed. 

ESPN lists 10 of Alabama's commits in its top 150 recruits. 

Is this even fair? Seriously, maybe someone should get Nick Saban on A&E's series Hoarders. 

Now, as anyone who was followed recruiting in any season prior to this one knows, a lot can change when national signing day rolls around as these young men do what young men do: change their minds. 

However, don't expect many, if any, to be deciding to change their mind on Alabama. With the pull of this powerful program, it is not likely to watch recruits decide not to attend. 

What is far more likely is that Alabama will add to its talented list.

ESPN has highly regarded prospects like middle linebacker Reuben Foster, safety Antonio Conner, defensive tackle Dee Liner and running back Alvin Kamara all heavily considering the Tide. 

Alabama is losing a wealth of talent from last year's team, but it won't slow them down. This powerhouse is deep at every position, and it's only getting deeper.