Alabama already targeting 2013 needs

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- What made the University of Alabama's 2012 signing class so impressive was not all the stars or the team-high 13 prospects from the ESPNU 150. It was the fact coach Nick Saban and the rest of the staff got talented players at positions of need. They weren't frivolously reaching for the headline players; they were looking for the right players.

Saban singled out a few areas and attacked, snatching up two stellar wide receivers to fill the holes left behind by Marquis Maze and Brandon Gibson, and nabbing three of the four the best linebackers in the state to replace Dont'a Hightower and Courtney Upshaw. Before the kicking debacle on Nov. 5 ever happened, the staff had secured the commitment of Adam Griffith, a top 10 kicker.

Every conceivable area of deficiency was addressed in 2012, and next year's recruiting class figures to be no different. Players will leave the Capstone and will need to be replaced, and a group of rising seniors figures to play a big part in that process.