After finishing their 2013 football recruiting sitting in the top spot among all Division I teams (according to 247Sports), the Alabama Crimson Tide are set to haul in another big class in 2014.
They set the groundwork for next year's national signing day on Saturday, after over 100 prospects reportedly made the trip to Tuscaloosa to be wined and dined on what makes the Alabama experience so special.
Andrew J. Bone let us know that the recruit list hit triple digits on Twitter:
Andrew Bone @AndrewJBone
Hearing there are currently more than 100 recruits at #Alabama's Junior Day2013-2-23 17:38:39
You can bet one of the selling points these prospects heard about was winning.
According to Andrew J. Bone of Rivals (note—insider access required to read), the confirmed list for this weekend's recruits included some of the best prospects from Alabama, Georgia and as far away as Ohio. Charles Power of 247Sports also had a player list for this weekend's activities, and some of the names should get the excitement level up for the Alabama faithful.
The Tide already have lined up 5-star athlete Bo Scarborough (per 247Sports) and were looking to add some more high-profile recruits with a successful experience Saturday.
Here's an updated look at some of the names you can expect Nick Saban to be in close contact with over this next recruiting process, and don't be surprised if some of the recruits end up verbally committing to the Tide after this weekend in Tuscaloosa.
According to Trevor Hewitt of 247Sports, Koda Martin got an offer as he left the junior day on Saturday. The athlete prospect from Texas did not make a decision, but Saban and the Tide staffers liked what he brought to the table after his visit.
The Tide did come away with one commitment on Saturday, but the newest Tide member is a few years out. Class of 2015 Deionte Thompson got his first college offer and committed on the same day—all in one swoop. ESPN's TideNation had the tweet:
ESPN Alabama @ESPNAlabama
2015 DB Deionte Thompson commits to #Bama at junior day - TideNation Insider - http://t.co/hYR8zKNd5s2013-2-24 03:12:32
Jerry Tillery appears to have enjoyed his visit:
As did two star kickers—James Sherman and JK Scott. Chris Sailer had the tweet:
Chris Sailer Kicking @Chris_Sailer
Top Chris Sailer Kicking Kicker / Punters JK Scott & James Sherman at Alabama Junior Day! #TeamSailer http://t.co/VQXiBQGZu52013-2-23 19:22:58
Here's a look at some of the biggest names that went to Tuscaloosa this weekend, after compiling all the information and announcements from this week:
|QB Jacob Park||Stratford High School (Goose Creek, S.C.)|
|RB Mikel Horton||Lakota West High School (West Chester, Ohio)|
|DT Elisha Shaw||Tucker High School (Tucker, Ga.)|
|CB Kalvarez Bessent||Camden County High School (Kingsland, Ga.)|
|DE Tyler Merriweather||Demopolis High School (Demopolis, Ala.)|
|DB Demetrius Kemp||Demopolis High School (Demopolis, Ala.)|
|LB Kenny Young||John Curtis High School (New Orleans, La.)|
|RB Samaje Perine||Pflugerville High School (Pflugerville, Texas)|
|QB Devlin Hodges||Mortimer Jordan High School (Morris, Ala.)|
|LB/RB Dylan Moses ||University Lab School (Baton Rouge, La.)*|
|C Hunter Perrin ||Hahnville High School (Boutte, La.)|
|S Ronnie Harrison ||Florida State University School (Tallahassee, Fla.)|
|FB Garian Bradley ||McAdory High School (Mccalla, Ala.)|
|DE Arden Key ||Martin Luther King Jr. High School (Lithonia, Ga.)|
|WR Jordan Franks||Wakulla High School (Crawfordville, Fla.)|
(*)—Moses just completed his 8th grade season
All in all, the Tide had several exciting prospects in for a visit, and we'll continue to keep you posted with all the latest information about who will be playing for Saban starting in 2014 and beyond.
With three national championships in the past four seasons, it's starting to get really hard to say no if Alabama really wants you around for your four years of college football. At least one prospect found that out first hand this weekend in Tuscaloosa, and there's a good chance others follow suit soon.