Alabama Football Recruiting: Highlighting Best Players of Tide's Stellar Class

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IFebruary 7, 2013

Photo Credit: 247Sports
Photo Credit: 247Sports

Nick Saban is everything. After capturing his second straight national championship, the coaching legend has landed his second straight No. 1 rated recruiting class. 

The Crimson Tide's 2013 class is ranked No. 1 in both 247Sports' composite rankings and ESPN's rankings

This class is stacked from top to bottom. According to ESPN, 18 of the 25 players they've signed to national letters of intent are in ESPN's top 300 recruits. 

Here is a look at the top three: 


Derrick Henry, ATH

Derrick Henry is a specimen. He is 6'3", 243 pounds and 247Sports has his 40 time at 4.54. In its composite rankings, he is the 12th rated recruit in this class.

With Henry, it isn't a question of where he can succeed, but where he will succeed the most.

ESPN's Alex Scarborough notes that he will be a running back for the Crimson Tide, but he also has the skills to be a dominant linebacker or tight end. 

He is at his best running downhill, and he will be an excellent one-cut-and-go runner. However, he has deceptive elusiveness and can definitely make defenders miss.

Alabama has a deep stable of running backs, so it wouldn't be a shock to see Henry end up on defense. Wherever he winds up, he is destined to succeed.


Reuben Foster, ILB

Reuben Foster is going to be the next great Alabama linebacker. He is the No. 7 overall prospect in the 2013 class, according to 247Sports' composite rankings.

At 6'2", 242 pounds, Foster already has the size to play and the strength to go with it. He can fill gaps and shed blockers, and he is a force when running downhill at a blocker or ball carrier.

Foster has quick feet for a man his size, and he goes sideline to sideline with ease. He can get toasted in space, but with his attacking style, he rarely gets caught in it.

He is not as good in pass coverage, but he is not a liability either. He has a good burst and can close on the ball in zone, and he has the athleticism to run with tight ends in man.


Robert Foster, WR

Robert Foster, no relation to Reuben, is a big play waiting to happen.

ESPN and 247Sports' composite rankings both have him as the No. 2 receiver. 

Foster has ideal size at 6'2", 185 pounds. He also has quickness and speed to go with it. He is strong enough that he is not easily jammed at the line, and he is deadly in jump ball situations.

Foster has to learn the nuances of route running, but he displays the attitude that suggests he will do just that. Alabama is deep at receiver, so he isn't likely to get a ton of opportunities right off the bat, but his great athleticism will lead to stardom before his college career is over.