Alabama lands its top target today in 5-star cornerback Surtain

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For the first time in 13 years, the Crimson Tide didn't sign a passer after taking a late run at a few off-the-radar prospects. The first of three previously committed prospects flipped when four-star defensive lineman Bobby Brown elected to stay home and sign at Texas A&M. Surtain, the nation's No. 1 ranked corner and top uncommitted prospect coming into signing day (No. 6 nationally, No. 2 in Florida), was considered a sure thing for the Tigers for the longest time.

But, with the additions of a trio three-star prospects to the 15 the Tide acquired during the early signing period in December - giving Alabama 20 total signees in its 2018 class - Saban preferred to focus on filling key needs as opposed to the overall strength of the class.

The younger Surtain played his high school ball at American Heritage, patrolling the same defensive backfield as 5-star Tyson Campbell, who announced earlier on Wednesday that he's headed to Georgia to play for head coach Kirby Smart. While Saban and Co. are bringing in potential stars, as they always do, there isn't the same number of high-level recruits that we're accustomed to seeing at the top of their class.

Alabama has the second-best recruiting class in the SEC behind Georgia.

"I think we'll probably have a quarterback join us some kind of way", Saban said, "which I don't think I can comment about". The Tigers had nine defensive backs in the National Football League in 2017 to seven from Alabama. "We got lots of guys at outside 'backer, the emphasis was to get defensive players and I think we got some good defensive players".

Alabama lands its top target today in 5-star cornerback Surtain
Alabama lands its top target today in 5-star cornerback Surtain

"You know, nothing comes out flawless because we don't control these things, but we'd have liked to get two inside linebackers, we got one".

That could change, though, Nick Saban said in cryptic answer about the position Wednesday.

Saban and the Crimson Tide were almost kept out of the College Football Playoff this season as a result of a late-season loss to Auburn in the Iron Bowl.

So, where does that leave Alabama's class from a rankings standpoint? The Slidell, Louisiana native chose Alabama over Tennessee and Mississippi State.




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