The SEC continued its college football dominance this past season with Alabama winning the National Championship and they are extending that culture of winning to the offseason once again by reloading exceptional talent with top recruiting classes.
Wednesday’s signing day saw the Crimson Tide – who will almost assuredly be the No. 1 ranked team heading into next season – secure the No. 1 ranked recruiting class, signing 25 prospects, 18 of which are ranked in the ESPN top 300.
“Signing day is the culmination of a lot of hard work,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said, according to ESPN.com. “The next step, though, is the most difficult: getting the prospects to turn into players.Just because you get the puppy dog with the biggest feet doesn’t mean he’ll grow up to be the best hunting dog,”
Of course, almost of of Alabama’s recent success – three titles in four years – is due to Saban and his coaching, but mostly his recruiting. Alabama has earned a top three recruiting class in the last six seasons, so it’s no wonder they have so many new sparkly trophies in the case.
Although Alabama got the credit for being number one on signing day, the Ole Miss Rebels surprisingly stole most of the spotlight, as they secured five ESPN top 150 players, including the number one overall recruit, Robert Nkemdiche.
Nkemdiche was easily the most highly-touted recruit in the 2013 class, so it was a shock to some that he put on the Ole Miss cap instead of Florida or LSU. The 6-foot-5, 250 pound defensive end felt a connection to the vastly improved program and feels the Rebels are headed in the right direction.
“I feel like it’s the right place for me,” Nkemdiche said after his announcement. “I feel like they can do special things, and they’re on the rise. I feel like going to play with my brother [Denzel Nkemdiche], we can do something special.”
After a horrendous 2011 that saw the Rebels finish 2-10, they turned things around this past season, finishing 7-6 with a Compass Bowl win over Pittsburgh. And with their premier class coming in, they certainly have the chance to make plenty of noise in the SEC in the near future.
Not only did the Rebels land Nkemdiche, but they also signed the No. 1 offensive tackle in the nation, Laremy Tunsil and the No. 1 receiver in Laquon Treadwell,
The signings will help Ole Miss contend in the competitive SEC in the future, but 2013 should be the year of the Crimson Tide again and the Texas A&M Aggies. Alabama is the overall favorite coming into the 2013 season and with most of their youthful squad returning, and with the best freshman class, there’s no reason the Tide can’t make it three in a row.