Alabama Football Recruiting: Predicting All the Recruits That Will Sign on NSD
It's certainly been an interesting week for Alabama on the recruiting front.
On Wednesday, 5-star cornerback Marlon Humphrey announced his pledge for the Crimson Tide. And then Thursday, 5-star defensive tackle Matt Elam bypassed the opportunity to play for coach Nick Saban, opting to stay at home with the Kentucky Wildcats, per Brett Dawson of Rivals.
Humphrey's commitment puts Alabama at 25 commitments for its 2014 recruiting class, currently ranked No. 1 by 247Sports. But Saban and the Tide could still add one or two more names to the group before putting a bow on 2014 and moving on to 2015.
Here are predictions for four of Alabama's top remaining targets and where they'll end up.
All recruiting information comes courtesy of 247Sports.
Rashaan Evans, a 5-star linebacker out of Auburn, Ala., remains the most high-profile target left for Saban and Co.
Evans is rated the No. 1 outside linebacker in the country and could be a force for Alabama as a pass-rusher. He is currently deciding between the hometown Auburn Tigers and the Crimson Tide.
According to Wesley Sinor of al.com, Alabama wants him to play the "Jack" position, a defensive line-outside linebacker hybrid that focuses on the pass rush. Auburn, meanwhile, wants him in its "Star" position, a linebacker-safety hybrid that would drop back into coverage more.
What position he plays may ultimately decide where he goes to college.
Malachi Dupre, a 5-star wide receiver from New Orleans, La., was considered an LSU lock for much of his recruitment, but he has recently been open to hearing other offers.
Dupre is also being heavily courted by Florida State, Ole Miss and UCLA, according to his 247Sports page. He announced on Twitter that he will commit on national signing day.
Despite being committed to Miami, Alabama has ramped up the pressure on 5-star defensive end Chad Thomas.
Thomas has obliged Saban and Alabama, as well as several other teams that want to make one last push for him. According to Mike Herndon of al.com, Thomas will take an official visit to Tuscaloosa on Friday.
He will also take a visit to Florida State, according to Safid Deen of the Miami Herald.
Consider Markell Boston, a 3-star safety from Newnan, Ga., a safety net of sorts for Saban and his staff.
Boston is currently committed to East Carolina, but Alabama has given him some attention as of late after missing out on a couple of 5-star prospects.
Depending on whom you ask, Alabama appears to be able to sign 26 or 27 in this class, after considering early enrollees, back-counting, greyshirts and all the other creative ways to get under the 25-signees-per-year rule the SEC put in place.
So if the likes of Dupre and Thomas elect not to come to Tuscaloosa, Boston could be offered a scholarship by the Tide, and he would most likely accept.