TUSCALOOSA — Alabama competence not be finished with a 2018 recruiting class.
Coach Nick Saban suggested Wednesday a group would like to supplement both a quarterback and a defensive lineman during some indicate during a offseason.
Alabama sealed 20 players, though Saban pronounced Wednesday that place-kicker Joseph Bulovas — a 2017 joining who redshirted as a loyal beginner this deteriorate — “really depends in this class.”
“So we couldn’t unequivocally take a full category this year from a numbers standpoint,” Saban said.
The NCAA extent on category sizes is 25.
Bobby Brown, a four-star defensive tackle from Arlington, Texas, who was committed to a Tide given a early signing period, flipped to Texas AM on Wednesday morning.
The Tide did pointer defensive tackle Christian Barmore and defensive finish Stephon Wynn, one of a team’s 4 early enrollees.
“If we’d have had a druthers,” Saban said, “we’d have substantially gotten one some-more man during that position.”
Eyabi Anoma sealed during a early period, too, and was called a defensive finish via his recruiting process.
Wednesday, a Tide listed him as an outward linebacker, one of 4 in a class.
“Well we are indeed anticipating to maybe get one some-more defensive lineman in this class,” Saban said. “I consider some of a outward devotee form guys we’ve recruited here in a past have turn defensive linemen. The fact that we got some unequivocally good guys during outward devotee that have some unequivocally good distance and unequivocally good distance intensity competence grow into something else in their career here. That’s something that stays to be seen.”
Then there’s a quarterback situation.
Alabama did not take a grant quarterback for a initial time in 13 years, a effect of a program’s confounding conditions that left prospects heedful of how, or even if, they’d accept some evident personification time.
“Look, when we have unequivocally good immature players during a position, infrequently it’s tough to attract another man during that sold position,” Saban said. “I consider we all know a business during quarterback right now with a players we have here, a class they are in and how most some-more eligibility they have.”.
Rising youth Jalen Hurts is 27-2 as a starting quarterback while rising sophomore Tua Tagovailoa tossed 3 touchdowns in a second half of January’s inhabitant championship game, heading a Crimson Tide to a inhabitant pretension in service of Hurts.
Mac Jones will return, too, as a redshirt freshman.
Saban pronounced in Dec he would ideally like 4 grant quarterbacks on his roster.
The Tide targeted 3 quarterbacks late in a signing period, all of whom went elsewhere, finale when four-star Sidney Lanier dual-threat signal-caller James Foster sealed with Texas AM on Wednesday.
Pro-style passers Brevin White and Brock Purdy separated Alabama from row in a days before National Signing Day.
“Rather (than) strech for somebody, we would rather try to solve a emanate another way,” Saban said. “Maybe get a some-more gifted man down a road, and positively consider that subsequent year we competence be in a position to get a unequivocally good actor during that position who could be someone who could impact us in a future.”
Spain Park’s Braxton Barker, a son of a Tide’s 1992 inhabitant championship-winning quarterback Jay Barker, did announce he’d attend Alabama as a elite walk-on this week.