Alabama football recruiting update as of January 2, 2017 finds the Tide picking up another commit over the holiday weekend.
The rich continue to get richer.
Alabama went into the weekend boasting the country’s No. 1-ranked recruiting class in the 2017 cycle. And, on Sunday, it added to its list of highly-touted pledges.
Four-star safety Xavier McKinney committed to the Crimson Tide over Clemson at the 2017 Under Armour All-America Game. That was a huge pick up for Nick Saban’s staff, as McKinney was previously committed to Alabama but later decommited.
Getting McKinney to re-join the class helped numb the loss of 5-star athlete DeAngelo Gibbs, who chose Georgia over the Tide. And Alabama could be adding some more blue-chip recruits to its class soon.
The Tide are still in play for 5-star defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon, 5-star wide receiver Devonta Smith, 4-star defensive end LaBryan Ray and others.
However, the key name to watch out for this week is Najee Harris. The nation’s No. 1 overall player has been committed to Alabama since April of 2015. But the Michigan Wolverines are trying to flip him, and Harris will make his final decision known on Saturday following the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Note: Scout rankings and ratings used in this article.
Alabama Football Recruiting Update
- No. 1 Overall Class
- Total Commits: 26
- 5-Star Commits: 5
- 4-Star Commits: 17
- 3-Star Commits: 3
- 2-Star Commits: 1
- Najee Harris: 5-Star, No. 1 RB, No. 1 Overall
- Dylan Moses: 5-Star, No. 1 OLB, No. 6 Overall
- VanDarius Cowan: 5-Star, No. 3 OLB, No. 27 Overall
- Alex Leatherwood: 5-Star, No. 3 OT, No. 18 Overall
- Isaiah Buggs: 5-Star JUCO DE
- Xavier McKinney: 4-Star, No. 17 S, No. 180 Overall
- Kendall Randolph: 4-Star, No. 17 OT, No. 153 Overall
- Jedrick Wills: 4-Star, No. 10 OT, No. 63 Overall
- Chris Allen: 4-Star, No. 5 OLB, No. 81 Overall
- Tua Tagovailoa: 4-Star, No. 3 QB, No. 34 Overall
- Chadarius Townsend: 4-Star, No. 8 ATH, No. 131 Overall
- Daniel Wright: 4-Star, No. 15 S, No. 158 Overall
- Markail Benton: 4-Star, No. 6 ILB, No. 113 Overall
- Major Tennison: 4-Star, No. 11 TE, Unranked Overall
- Tyrell Shavers: 4-Star, No. 16 WR, No. 109 Overall
- Jerry Jeudy: 4-Star, No. 11 WR, No. 100 Overall
- Akial Byers: 4-Star, No. 10 DT, No. 158 Overall
- Mac Jones: 4-Star, No. 21 QB, Unranked Overall
- Brian Robinson: 4-Star, No. 16 RB, No. 181 Overall
- Elliot Baker: 4-Star JUCO OT
- Kedrick James: 4-Star, No. 15 TE, Unranked Overall
- Kyriq McDonald: 3-Star, No. 40 CB, Unranked Overall
- Jhavonte Dean: 3-Star JUCO CB
- Hunter Brannon: 3-Star, No. 73 OG, Unranked Overall
- Brandon Ruiz: 3-Star Unranked K
- Thomas Fletcher: 2-Star Unranked LS
- Devonta Smith: 5-Star, No. 2 WR, No. 24 Overall
- Marvin Wilson: 5-Star, No. 1 DT, No. 11 Overall
- Aubrey Solomon: 5-Star, No. 2 DT, No. 20 Overall
- Jarez Parks: 4-Star, No. 4 DE, No. 48 Overall
- LaBryan Ray: 4-Star, No. 9 DE, No. 86 Overall
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— X® (@mckinney_xavier) January 1, 2017
Four-star safety Xavier McKinney surprised everyone when he picked Alabama over Clemson.