Alabama football recruiting update as of October 16, 2016.
Well, the Crimson Tide rolled into Knoxville and absolutely wrecked the Tennessee Volunteers in Neyland Stadium, 49-10.
Alabama didn’t lose or add any commitments, but it did fall one spot in the 2017 recruiting class rankings to No. 3 after Oklahoma jumped up into the top ranking.
There is a little buzz around the Tide’s class right now, though. Five-star recruit Najee Harris, the No. 1 running back and No. 1 overall player in the nation, is looking to take all five of his official visits and is less than 100 percent about his pledge to Nick Saban’s team.
Michigan seems to be the biggest threat to flip Harris’ commitment from Alabama.
While the Tide’s position with Harris may be slightly weakened, it had another 5-star commit make an eyebrow-raising move.
Dylan Moses, the No. 1 outside linebacker and No. 6 overall player in the 2017 class, took a surprise unofficial visit to LSU on Saturday to watch the Tigers beat Southern Miss, 45-10.
When Alabama hosts Texas A&M this weekend in Tuscaloosa, there will be plenty of high-profile prospects on campus for what could be a huge recruiting weekend for the Crimson Tide: 5-star offensive tackle Foster Sarell, 5-star outside linebacker Baron Browning, 5-star running back Cam Akers, 5-star outside linebacker VanDarius Cowan (an Alabama commit), 4-star tight end Major Tennison, 4-star safety Jaylen Kelly-Powell and 3-star JUCO cornerback Jhavonte Dean (an Alabama commit).
Note: Scout rankings and ratings used in this article.
Alabama Football Recruiting Update
- No. 3 Overall Class
- Total Commits: 21
- 5-Star Commits: 4
- 4-Star Commits: 12
- 3-Star Commits: 4
- 2-Star Commits: 1
- Najee Harris: 5-Star, No. 1 RB, No. 1 Overall
- Dylan Moses: 5-Star, No. 1 OLB, No. 6 Overall
- Kendall Randolph: 4-Star, No. 17 OT, No. 153 Overall
- Tua Tagovailoa: 4-Star, No. 3 QB, No. 34 Overall
- VanDarius Cowan: 5-Star, No. 3 OLB, No. 27 Overall
- Alex Leatherwood: 5-Star, No. 3 OT, No. 18 Overall
- Chadarius Townsend: 4-Star, No. 8 ATH, No. 131 Overall
- Markail Benton: 4-Star, No. 6 ILB, No. 113 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
- Gary Johnson: 4-Star JUCO ILB
- 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
- Brandon Ruiz: 3-Star Unranked K
- Hunter Brannon: 3-Star, No. 72 OG, Unranked Overall
- Thomas Fletcher: 2-Star Unranked LS
- Devonta Smith: 5-Star, No. 2 WR, No. 22 Overall
- Marvin Wilson: 5-Star, No. 1 DT, No. 10 Overall
- Cam Akers: 5-Star, No. 2 RB, No. 4 Overall
- Trey Smith: 5-Star, No. 4 OT, No. 20 Overall
- Isaiah Wilson: 4-Star, No. 11 OT, No. 68 Overall
Roll Twitter, Roll
— King Ⓜ️oses (@Dylan1Moses_) October 15, 2016
Even while visiting rival LSU, 5-star linebacker Dylan Moses still supported Alabama.