LSU vs. Alabama: Whose 2014 Recruiting Class Is Better Right Now?
The Alabama Crimson Tide. The LSU Tigers. It doesn't get much bigger in college football than when these two powerhouses play. Both programs have tremendous head coaches, plus each team has a talented roster.
The pair of dominant SEC squads also are among the nation's best when it comes to recruiting. With Saturday's game being another highly anticipated matchup, the recruiting trail will be impacted.
The Tigers and the Crimson Tide both have high recruiting expectations, but it's time to decide who has the superior class right now.
LSU's 2014 Class Capsule
Not many high school recruits turn down head coach Les Miles, as he has a personality and charm about him that players love. Miles and his staff do a great job of locking down their state before venturing out to other lands.
LSU has a class of 15 commitments, as the Tigers are still awaiting word on several elite uncommitted targets. They boast nine commitments from Louisiana, while Texas has been raided for three prospects. Other states such as Florida, Oklahoma and Mississippi are represented in LSU's recruiting assembly.
The group has seven offensive commitments, five defensive commitments, two athletes and one kicker.
Alabama's 2014 Class Capsule
Alabama has become perhaps the most feared program in the country on the recruiting trail. Head coach Nick Saban has a disciplined approach to recruiting that places a heavy emphasis on player evaluation.
A group of 22 prospects have committed to play for the Crimson Tide. Alabama has five in-state pledges, plus states such as California, Texas, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Georgia, Colorado, Minnesota, South Carolina and Oklahoma are represented in the group.
Alabama has 10 offensive commitments and nine defensive commitments, plus two athletes and a kicker are part of the class.
LSU's Top 2014 Commitments
Trey Quinn, a 4-star receiver, has the skills to be lethal in the slot in Baton Rouge. At 6'1" and 200 pounds, Quinn has a muscular frame that possesses excellent quickness to separate from defenders.
He should form a good tandem with fellow 4-star receiver Tony Upchurch, who may be the most physical player at his position in the nation. Jacory Washington, a 4-star tight end, will help out in the seams.
The trio will enjoy catching passes from 4-star quarterback Brandon Harris. Garrett Brumfield and Will Clapp are 4-star guards who will protect Harris. The pair of blockers will have some epic battles in practice with 4-star defensive linemen Davon Godchaux and Deondre Clark.
Devin Voorhies is a talented 4-star recruit who can play safety, running back or receiver.
Alabama's Top 2014 Commitments
A key part of Alabama's class is 4-star quarterback David Cornwell. At 6'5" and 241 pounds, Cornwell has outstanding size and arm strength.
Cornwell may not get along with 4-star linebacker/defensive end Christian Miller, as the South Carolina native loves getting after quarterbacks. Bo Scarbrough is a 5-star athlete who can play running back, receiver or linebacker due to his speed and 6'2", 225-pound frame.
However, the foundation of 'Bama's class is its offensive line commitments. Ross Pierschbacher, Viane Talamaivao, Dominick Jackson, JC Hassenauer and Joshua Casher are 4-star blockers who should be great.
LSU's 2014 Headliner
Edward Paris, a talented 4-star defensive back from Texas, is the leader of the Tigers' class.
He possesses great size for his position at 6'1" and 190 pounds.
Paris has the strength to bully receivers at the line in press-man coverage. He exhibits remarkable short-area quickness, which he effectively uses to re-attach himself to receivers on the perimeter. The Texan has good vision and instincts, plus he plays with great range in zone schemes.
Playing cornerback is an option for him, but don't be surprised if Paris becomes a safety at LSU.
Alabama's 2014 Headliner
The best player in Alabama's class is 5-star left tackle Cameron Robinson. From Louisiana, the dancing bear has outstanding quickness and agility.
Robinson has no problems shooting back out of his stance to set up deep in the pocket on the edges. He has the athleticism to slide with rushers in space, plus he recovers quickly to stop inside moves. Robinson, who is 6'5" and 330 pounds, can also perform several blocks in the running game.
He plays as big as his size at the point of attack, plus he has the ability to reach linebackers on the second level. Robinson could start in the trenches for the Tide as a true freshman.
LSU has a great class, but this was an easy victory for Alabama. With 22 commitments, the quality and depth in the Tide's class is incredible.
There's a chance for LSU to shorten the gap by February, but Alabama is building yet another memorable recruiting class. Score this recruiting win for the program that wears Crimson.
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Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.