Alabama has finished with the No. 1 recruiting class in the country for seven straight seasons. That streak, however, appears to be coming to an end.
College football recruiting expert Tom Lemming, as of Wednesday morning, has Ohio State, Georgia, Penn State and Texas all ranked ahead of the Crimson Tide.
“That’s really the way it’s going,” Lemming said on The DA Show. “Alabama, I can understand why Nick Saban was upset with the first signing period because he was battling for a national title, so he’s coaching his team and he had to spend some time out on the road. But with 80 percent of the ball players gone, it doesn’t give them that big of a selection to wind up No. 1 this year – and that’s the reason why they didn’t.”
Alabama still figures to finish in the top five.
“I think if everything had been the same, Alabama would have been right in the mix and would have gotten some of the super players turned around and heading to Tuscaloosa,” Lemming said. “So I think next year he’s going to have to adjust to that and you’ll see Alabama back in the top three.”
Defensive end prospect Bobby Brown, in fact, switched from Alabama to Texas A&M on Wednesday.
“You rarely see Nick Saban get a guy that leaves him,” Lemming said. “Normally he’s the one doing the switching, so it is an unusual situation.”