Alabama, LSU game a reminder of past recruiting battles

Recruiting Tale of the Tape: LSU-Alabama (1:01)

Recruiting reporter Derek Tyson compares the 2016 classes for the Tigers and Tide, and discusses notable visitors for Saturday's showdown in Tuscaloosa. (1:01)

Saturday’s LSU-Alabama game will decide more than the SEC West and potential playoff berths. As the last several years have shown, the game has helped almost single-handedly decide some big recruiting battles.

Here are a few recent recruiting battles that should help decide this week’s game.

RB Leonard Fournette (LSU): Not much more can be said about Fournette. He’s the type of player colleges build their program around. This Heisman frontrunner from New Orleans chose LSU over Alabama and has now rushed for 1,352 yards and 15 touchdowns in only seven games so far this year. If Fournette can stay healthy, he has a chance to go down as one of the best college running backs, ever. Alabama, however, signed running back Derrick Henry in 2013. He is also off to a fantastic start this season.

OT, Cameron Robinson (Alabama): This extremely talented left tackle was a first-team Freshman All-American and was the first freshman to start at left tackle for Alabama since Andre Smith in 2006. He struggled at times this year, but is still an elite left tackle with a chance to earn all-conference honors. Robinson is from West Monroe, Louisiana, and chose the Crimson Tide over the Tigers.

WR, Malachi Dupree (LSU): This talented receiver took all five official visits in a two week period, including visits to LSU and Alabama in a three-day period. The No. 1-ranked wide receiver in the 2014 class, and another New Orleans native, ended up staying in-state. Dupre is the Tigers’ second-leading receiver with 21 receptions for 397 yards and 5 touchdowns in seven games this year.

DB, Tony Brown (Alabama): Brown’s sister Beloved Brown is on LSU’s track team and many assumed the younger brother would follow. Brown, however, spurned the Tigers and signed with Alabama. He plays regularly at cornerback and is a key contributor on special teams for the Crimson Tide.

LB, Kendell Beckwith (LSU): One of LSU's top defenders, Beckwith has over 50 tackles in seven games this season. Beckwith took only two official visits his senior year, Alabama and LSU. The former Under Armour All-American signed with the home-state Tigers and has been a significant contributor ever since.