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Alabama has reached a pinnacle in their successful run where they are now playing the equivalent of recruiting musical chairs with 5 star recruits (more 5 stars wanting a seat at the table with not enough seats). CNS now has 4/5 star back-ups for backs-ups and new names keep surfacing daily. I can forsee a scenario where a kid is primping and preening for their signing day announcement and CNS says, "Sorry, that slot has been taken." I really believe someone is going to be left standing at the alter. I would be jumping on the bus about now as the bus may just leave without you. In Lombardi's time, the bus left 15-30 minutes before it was scheduled. In CNS' time, it may leave days earlier.
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It looks like the winner of this year's "He Who Hesitates Is Lost" award goes to Vonn Bell. A month ago he appeared to be a lock. However, the emergence of Eddie Jackson and Jarran Reed has pushed Bell into the background. I truly believe if Bell ends up at UTK, it is more a case of us backing off than their big push.
We are now at a stage in our recruiting where Elite 11 QB's pass up big time scholarships to walk on and players leave their paid professional baseball gigs for a chance to play at Bama. In Bell's case, we simply have more elite players than we can take.
Nobody is ever truly a "lock" in recruiting. We heard RN & RF were locks as well.
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+1. It's amazing how far Alabama's program has come since Saban was hired. I never would have dreamed something like this was possible then but when you win three out of four BCS championships it's makes it somewhat easier to get high level players. Top rated high school players are standing in line wanting to play for us. Too bad the new recruiting rules are in place. We probably would be able to sign all of them. That 2008 Signing Day was epic.
OMG! We now have A'Shawn Robinson in the mix. The players that we are going to be turning down could comprise a top 5 recruiting class.
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