Alabam is again the No. 1 team in the country. On the recruiting front, Alabama is once again in the top 10 of the recruiting rankings. With less than a month until national signing day here's a closer look where Alabama stands:
Instant impact recruit: Alabama loses starting right tackle Dominick Jackson after the season. That means junior college commitment Charles Baldwin will have an opportunity to compete for early playing time and potentially a starting tackle spot. With Baldwin scheduled to enroll in January and take part in spring practice, the 6-5, 300-pounder is a the easy selection to make an instant impact of the players verbally committed.
Top 2016 recruits: In addition to Baldwin, the Crimson Tide have done a tremendous job of recruiting offensive linemen. ESPN 300 tackle Jonah Williams is the highest-rated Alabama commitment. On the interior, ESPN 300 guards Deonte Brown and Chris Owens will compete for time with a solid group of young guards in the program. Four-star running back B.J. Emmons, is the fifth-ranked running back in the country. Massive 6-foot-5, 361-pound defensive tackle Kendell Jones is one of the most physically imposing recruits in this years class.
Question for signing day: Will Alabama fill need at linebacker? Alabama has landed the No. 1 recruiting class in each of the last four years. While the Crimson Tide will likely not finish at No. 1 this season, they certainly have a chance to have a strong finish. While there isn’t a very big need at linebacker, the Crimson Tide are in a position to land two of the best linebackers in the country. Five-star outside linebacker Lyndell “Mack” Wilson and ESPN 300 inside linebacker Ben Davis are both from the state of Alabama. Both are considering other programs such as Georgia, Auburn and Florida but Alabama has the slight advantage because of distance. Landing one, or both, of these talented defenders could really give Alabama a big boost on signing day.