Breaking Down Alabama's Chances at Landing Top 3 National Signing Day Targets

Marc TorrenceAlabama Lead WriterJanuary 20, 2014

Alabama fans react as the Crimson Tide runs on the field during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Mississippi in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
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With recruits in for official visits this past weekend and the coming few weeks, Alabama is makings its final push toward national signing day, where it hopes to bring in a fourth straight No. 1 class.

The Tide already hold commitments from 24 prospects in a class currently No. 1 by a decent margin over Ohio State. But there are still a couple more prospects they are pushing for to finish off the class.

Here are Alabama's chances at landing its top three remaining prospects.

All recruiting information and statistics comes courtesy of 247Sports, unless otherwise noted.


Matt Elam

The hulking nose tackle has played things very close to the vest during his recruitment, and it's unclear if he's favoring the Tide over his home-state Kentucky Wildcats.

Alabama has been hard after the 5-star defensive tackle and for good reason. He could be a big contributor early in a defense that lacked a dominant nose tackle this year.

Elam looked like he was having some fun on his visit, too.

Chances of signing with Alabama: 50 percent


Rashaan Evans

The 5-star linebacker from Auburn, Ala., was on campus this weekend as well for an official visit. While it seemed like Evans would heavily favor hometown Auburn, he has been at least letting Alabama make its pitch, too.

For an Alabama class already loaded with linebackers, Evans would be the cherry on top.

His former Auburn High School teammate, current Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster, has been doing some recruiting of his own.

"Reuben couldn't say enough about how much he loves being at Alabama," Evans' father told Matt Scalici of "And said he really thinks Rashaan would be a great fit playing alongside him in the linebacker corps at Alabama. They had a great time together the whole weekend."

Chances of signing with Alabama: 20 percent


Marlon Humphrey

Of the three, Humphrey is easily the biggest favorite to sign with the Tide and is probably the most "must-sign" prospect, too.

For starters, Humphrey's father, Bobby, was a standout running back at Alabama in the late '80s. He is from Birmingham, playing for Hoover High School, so he is reminded of Alabama everywhere he goes.

If he did choose the Tide, he would have a chance to immediately come in and compete for a starting cornerback role. With Deion Belue graduating, it essentially left both starting spots open, as no one was able to nail down the second spot. The arrest of fellow 5-star Tony Brown, per Aaron Suttles of, who had only been in school a few weeks, only helps Humphrey's chances of early playing time.

Alabama is currently battling with Florida State for his signature.

Chances of signing with Alabama: 90 percent