Tide + Tigers new recruiting classes rank among nation’s best

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Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide landed an amazing recruiting class this week. (Pat Byington/The Bama Buzz)

Early Signing Day for the college football recruiting cycle ended last night with both Alabama and Auburn ranked among the top 10 recruiting classes in the country.

While Alabama has been a mainstay among the top recruiting classes every year for more than a decade, Auburn has not been quite as fortunate in recent years. But new head coach Hugh Freeze is changing that. Here’s a look at the recruiting classes landed by each team yesterday:

Crimson Tide recruiting class

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Alabama landed the no. 2 recruiting class in the nation Wednesday. (Alabama Football)

Alabama’s new class of recruits was ranked no. 2 nationally behind SEC rival Georgia according to recruiting website 247Sports.com.

Of Alabama’s 23 commits, 20 are rated four-stars or higher. Here’s who the Tide landed on Early Signing Day:

  • Jeremiah Beaman – 6’4β€³, 265 pounds, defensive lineman, Birmingham, Ala.
  • Zabien Brown – 6’0β€³, 180 pounds, defensive back, Santa Ana, Ca.
  • Sterling Dixon – 6’3β€³, 211 pounds, linebacker, Spanish Fort, Ala.
  • Isaia Faga – 6’2β€³, 275 pounds, defensive lineman, Phenix City, Ala.
  • Jameer Grimsley – 6’3β€³, 185 pounds, athlete, Tampa, Fla.
  • Aeryn Hampton – 5’10”, 175 pounds, athlete, Daingerfield, TX.
  • Joe Ionata – 6’5β€³, 294 pounds, offensive lineman, Clearwater, Fla.
  • Amari Jefferson- 6’0β€³, 200 pounds, wide receiver, Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • Cayden Jones – 6’4β€³, 210 pounds, linebacker, Arden, N.C.
  • Dre Kirkpatrick Jr. – 5’11”, 192 pounds, defensive back, Gadsden, Ala.
  • Jay Lindsey – 6’5β€³, 235 pounds, tight end, Butler, Ala.
  • Jaylen Mbakwe – 5’11”, 170 pounds, athlete, Pinson, Ala.
  • Steve Mboumoua – 6’4β€³, 275 pounds, defensive lineman, Quebec, Canada
  • Rydarrius Morgan – 6’0β€³, 175 pounds, defensive back, Phenix City, Ala.
  • Caleb Odom – 6’5β€³, 215 pounds, tight end, Carrollton, Ga.
  • Justin Okoronkwo – 6’5β€³, 215 pounds, linebacker, Munich, Germany
  • Casey Poe – 6’4β€³, 290 pounds, offensive lineman, Lindale, TX.
  • Kevin Riley – 5’11”, 195 pounds, running back, Northport, Ala.
  • Jayshawn Ross – 6’4β€³, 220 pounds, linebacker, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Will Sanders – 6’3β€³, 290 pounds, offensive lineman, Brookwood, Ala.
  • Julian Sayin – 6’1β€³, 195 pounds, quarterback, Carlsbad, Ca.
  • Rico Scott – 6’0β€³, 185 pounds, wide receiver, Harrisburg, Pa.
  • Peyton Woodyard – 6’2β€³, 188 pounds, defensive back, Bellflower, Ca.

Auburn’s recruiting class ranks no. 8 in the country

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Auburn already has a stellar recruiting class this year. (“Auburn Flags” by glennharper is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Auburn has not landed a top tier recruiting class in several years, but Hugh Freeze is showing what made him such a hot coaching commodity already by getting the Tigers in the top 10 among the nation’s top classes. And Freeze did it by grabbing mostly Alabama-grown talent.

The Tigers landed 20 recruits, including its possible quarterback of the future in Walker White of Little Rock Christian Academy in Arkansas. Ten of Auburn’s new signees are rated 4-star recruits or better.

Here’s the Early Signing Day class Auburn came away with:

  • D’Angelo Barber — 6’1″ 220, linebacker, Pinson, Ala.
  • Malik Blocton – 6’3” 270, defensive lineman, Pike Road, Ala.
  • Bryce Cain — 5’11” 180, wide receiver, Mobile, Ala.
  • DeAndre Carter, 6’5” 330, offensive lineman, Santa Ana, Ca.
  • Cameron Coleman – 6’4” 185, wide receiver, Phenix City, Ala.
  • Jalyn Crawford – 6’0” 180, defensive back, Lilburn, Ga.
  • Favour Edwin — 6’7″ 290, defensive lineman, McDonough, Ga.
  • Kensley Faustin — 5’10” 175, defensive back, Naples, Fla.
  • Kaleb Harris — 6’0″ 170, defensive back, Alabaster, Ala.
  • A’Mon Lane-Ganus – 5’11” 185, defensive back, Moody, Ala.
  • T.J. Lindsey — 6’3″ 290, defensive lineman, Bradenton, Fla.
  • Dimitry Nicolas — 6’3″ 295, defensive lineman, Miami, Fla.
  • Joseph Phillips – 6’2” 240, linebacker, Tuskegee, Ala.
  • Demarcus Riddick – 6’3” 215, linebacker, Clanton, Ala.
  • Laquan Robinson — 6’2″ 200, defensive back, Greenville, Ala.
  • Malcolm Simmons — 6’0″ 170, Athlete, Alexander City, Ala.
  • Perry Thompson – 6’3” 205 wide receiver, Foley, Ala.
  • Jamonta Walker – 6’2” 230, defensive end, Piscauyne, Miss.
  • Walker White, 6’4” 220, quarterback, Little Rock, Ark.
  • Amaris Williams – 6’3” 225, defensive end, Clinton, NC
  • Seth Wilfred — 6’6″ 300, offensive lineman, Ephraim, Utah

Looking forward to 2024

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Alabama and Auburn released their 2024 schedules recently. (Bham Now)

Last week, we published the recently released 2024 schedules for both Alabama and Auburn. With the additions of Texas and Oklahome in the SEC, the schedules for both teams are pretty tough.

Check out both teams’ 2024 schedules and see for yourself.

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