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Here's a piece from national analysts JC Shurburtt and Gerry Hamilton discussing the most important commit from each of the current top ten recruiting classes.
Who do you guys think is the most important? Some compelling cases could be made for several commits IMO.
Who are the most important commits for each of the top 10 classes in the 2013 cycle?
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I like OJ Howard here.
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Great stuff by JC and Gerry. Interested to see who you guys think. I tend to lean towards Henry. Always tough to get guys out of the state of Florida and should go a long way towards bringing in Tunsil...not to mention that Henry is an elite prospect who brings so much to the Crimson Tide as a player.
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JC and Gerry are two of my favorites, but I really disagree with them here. IMO, Henry is only the most important commit in our class if he is the reason we get Tunsil. He would have to be the "but for" reason we pull Tunsil. I can see Allen moreso than Henry, but to me it just has to be Bateman, with Tunsil (assuming we get him) or Adams (if that happened to work out) being the only other legitimate considerations.
You could make an argument for Henry if he brings Tunsil as a package deal. The one guy I would go with in terms of importance individually would be Bateman. We needed to land a big time QB after missing on our top choices the last couple of years. His commitment is huge.
Tough call right there. Throw Howard in the mix and wow!
I've seen you mention Adams in a couple of different threads now. I still don't really think we have that great of a shot as of now. What makes you feel differently?
It goes without saying that I am excited about everyone on the commit list, but I think Derrick Henry brings that off-field charismatic edge that the class was lacking in terms of having a dynamic vocal leader.
When Henry committed, he and Demarcus Walker immediately hit it off and all that talk of Florida lurking for Walker all but went away. It went away to the point that before we knew it reports were surfacing about Walker helping recruit Laremy Tunsil and Kain Daub. I think Henry's energy and charisma were a big part of getting D Walker to finally tune out UF and start trying to help bring in more top notch talent.
Henry is also breaking/setting major marks (both nationally and in the ridiculously talented state of Florida) and he is outside the mold of a typical UA (or SEC for that matter) tailback, so I think the fact that he is coming in to compete in the backfield will also open doors for future mold-shattering prospects. For those reasons, I think Henry brings a unique edge to the Alabama commitment list that is pretty much unmatched.
Cooper Bateman. I think he will be the starter his RS Freshman year.
The next one.
It takes them all to elevate us to the level needed to move forward with the process.
My heart says OJ because he's a top in-state prospect and has never waivered, however tough not to agree with JC regarding Henry. Aside from Henry's talent and potential, he's been in Laremy Tunsil's ear for months about joining him at Bama.
I agree. We don't have a TE on our roster, nor have we ever, with OJ's skill set.
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OJ Howard will add a total new dimension to our offense. Agree.
Lol @ this response from JC to a barner re: Jeremy Johnson:
"You are in trouble if you are counting on Johnson to help next year. I don't know if that's what you are getting at or not, but Auburn's new staff (or new offensive staff) needs to go find a JUCO quarterback like yesterday."
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