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Crimson Tide Roll on Signing Day.

The phrase Roll Tide has never been more appropriate than today. After a very late flurry on the part of Nick Saban and his staff -- including landing six prospects in the last week -- congratulations are due to the Alabama Crimson Tide and their 2008 Athlon Sports Recruiting National Championship.

This whole process started back in February of 2007 when Reform, Ala., defensive end Michael Williams became the first to join the Crimson Tide s 2008 class. Nearly one full year later, the reform was complete at 3 pm ET today when Gadsden, Ala., linebacker Jerrell Harris announced his intentions to play for Alabama.

In between, 30 prospects decided that Tuscaloosa would be where they would play their college ball. This class is easily the most balanced in the nation. It begins and ends with one young wide receiver from Foley, Ala., Julio Jones. Jones, No. 2 in the AC100, is a mythical blend of size, speed, toughness and natural instincts. He has a chance to be an immediate impact threat on the outside.

Jones is not the only playmaker in this class, though. Burton Scott, Mark Barron, Mark Ingram and Chris Jordan all have the ability to make things happen with the ball in their hands. All four are listed as athletes and could make instant impacts at a number of positions.

More importantly for Tide fans, however, was the excellent job Nick Saban did addressing the obvious lack of talent in the defensive front seven. Potentially five linebackers (including the incredibly talented Harris), four defensive tackles and five defensive ends clearly add needed depth to the defensive front for Kevin Steele and Co.

Saban and Steele did not stop there. They also landed four, possibly five, defensive backs. With names like Alonzo Lawrence who actually shut down Julio Jones in the Ala-Miss All-Star Classic and Robby Green, the Tide did a masterful job of reaching into surrounding states and pulling talent. Green is from Louisiana and Lawrence hails from Mississippi.

Last but certainly not least is the new star quarterback, literally. Lake Worth, Florida product Star Jackson signed his letter of intent today to play for Alabama. Jackson is a 6'3", 190 pound scrambling dynamo that could find himself pushing John Parker Wilson for the starting job.

Signing Day Winners:

Clemson Tigers

After getting an early (Nov. 2006) commitment from dominant defensive end DaQuan Bowers No. 4 in the AC100 the Tigers had a great Signing Day. Clemson closed strong with some expected names and a few surprises. Jacksonville running back Jamie Harper is an outstanding prospect and will likely continue the recent trend of very talented ball carriers for Clemson. They also added a big offensive lineman from Alabama in Antoine McClain. Tommy Bowden was not satisfied, however, as he dipped in the Georgia Bulldogs class and stole tight end Dwayne Allen from Mark Richt and Co.

Arkansas Razorbacks

Bobby Petrino is known for his offensive prowess and he made strong moves on signing day to ensure that there will be firepower in Fayetteville. Already with top in-state runner DeAnthony Curtis in the fold, Petrino stole two other talented prospects that could help rebuild his offense. Jerico Nelson, formerly a Purdue commit, and Joe Adams, formerly a USC Trojan pledge, both switched today and are headed to Arkansas.

North Carolina Tar Heels

Last season Butch davis did a masterful job of putting together a crazy talented recruiting class. Until today, the 2008 version could have been considered a complete bust. Snagging four very talented kids Christian Wilson, Robert Quinn, Herman Davidson and Quinton Coples -- really boosted an average class today.

Miami Hurricanes

The flag planting that was south Florida recruiting this season for the Hurricanes came to fruition today. Lineman Ben Jones and wide receiver Tommy Streeter completed the sweep of Miami-Northwestern High, giving Randy Shannon seven signees from one local high school. They were not done, however. The U also landed arguably the most ready-to-play corner in the nation, Brandon Harris, and then stuck it to Urban Meyer and the Gators when they stole back Ramon Cookie Buchanan. Cookie had been committed to Miami, then switched to Florida before finally signing with the Hurricanes.

Signing Day Losers:

Anyone in the Terrelle Pryor sweepstakes besides Oregon

The most important letter of intent still remains unsigned. Jeannette, PA quarterback Terrelle Pryor held his noon press conference today just as he planned, but it left everyone wanting more. He announced today that he was not ready to announce. A supposed trip out west to Eugene and the Oregon Duck campus is in the works for this weekend. This is not good news for Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State who all felt they had a chance at the record-breaking athlete. Ohio State is still the team to beat but the Pryor saga will continue for a few more days& at least.

Purdue Boilermakers

It has been a rough couple of weeks for Joe Tiller s program. Arguably the top two prospects in their class jumped ship today. Wide receiver Roy Roundtree and athlete Jerico Nelson both made 13th hour switches and headed elsewhere. The hits just keep on coming for a coach who was basically told that he is finished after this season.

The Big East

With the obvious exception of Pittsburgh, every team in the Big East underachieved in recruiting this season. Cincinnati could not capitalize on success during the season, nor could UConn The big three -- WVU, Rutgers, and Louisville didn t come close. WVU lost nearly every top prospect (although they did get good news with Josh Jenkins s commitment today) once Rich Rodriguez left for Michigan. Rutgers lost most of the top in-state talent to bigger, more prestigious programs. Louisville s class is loaded with JUCO talent, which can be a very dangerous proposition.

Auburn Tigers

This one is more of a compilation of issues. Five-star running back Enrique Davis, who signed with Auburn last season, scorned the Tigers for divisional rival Ole Miss. Not only that but new offensive coordinator Tony Franklin lost out on one his would-be future weapons in Jarmon Fortson. He signed with Florida State today and will be a star in Tallahassee. Last but not least is the story written above: the Crimson Tide dominated inside the state this year, landing nearly every major prospect in Alabama.

Tennesee (This was added by me, the above was from a national writer).. LOL

Going into the 2008 recruiting season it was known that Tennessee would have a smaller class, but you expect quality to at least be a top 25 team. One of Fulmer's worst classes to date was affected by Fulmer's job security questions plus coach defections.

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Demetrius Dew (2/10/2008)
No comment about UT class this year? **** they did worse than Auburn this year.

You know it's killing a dead horse again.. I mean you have that carcass (i.e. ut's poor recruiting class) and saying that they were losers again is sorta killing that horse all over again.. I think everyone in the nation knows how much their recruiting class stunk.

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You know it's killing a dead horse again.. I mean you have that carcass (i.e. ut's poor recruiting class) and saying that they were losers again is sorta killing that horse all over again.. I think everyone in the nation knows how much their recruiting class stunk.

Being a UGA fan isn't that your responsibility? I don't let a day go by without letting a Hairless nut fan (OSU) know that they are 0-9 against SEC when Big Blue is only 6-2.:D:D:P:P

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There aren't that many 4 and 5 star recruits that come out of the state of Tennessee each year, but when they do, Fulmer usually does a very good good job of keeping them in-state. Prior to this year, the only major recruit to go elsewhere outside of Tennessee in recent years was Patrick Turner (6'5" receiver who went to Southern Cal a couple of years back).

But this year, the state of Tennessee only had five 4-star-rated players according to Rivals and the Vols only got one of them. Three of the others went to Archrival Bama and one went to Wisconsin.

Especially considering that Tennessee had a decent year, went to the SECCG, and won their bowl game, it's strange that they did so bad in recruiting.

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There aren't that many 4 and 5 star recruits that come out of the state of Tennessee each year, but when they do, Fulmer usually does a very good good job of keeping them in-state. Prior to this year, the only major recruit to go elsewhere outside of Tennessee in recent years was Patrick Turner (6'5" receiver who went to Southern Cal a couple of years back).

But this year, the state of Tennessee only had five 4-star-rated players according to Rivals and the Vols only got one of them. Three of the others went to Archrival Bama and one went to Wisconsin.

Especially considering that Tennessee had a decent year, went to the SECCG, and won their bowl game, it's strange that they did so bad in recruiting.

I commented that they would have a down year because it's the cycle for it. If you check our their rankings, one year top 10 and next year barely top 25; however as you point out it was even worse this year. They will rebound next season recruiting as they always do, but will fulmer be around without an SEC title after almost 10 years.

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I commented that they would have a down year because it's the cycle for it. If you check our their rankings, one year top 10 and next year barely top 25; however as you point out it was even worse this year. They will rebound next season recruiting as they always do, but will fulmer be around without an SEC title after almost 10 years.

If Fulmer is out can they rebound next year?

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Demetrius Dew (2/12/2008)
I commented that they would have a down year because it's the cycle for it. If you check our their rankings, one year top 10 and next year barely top 25; however as you point out it was even worse this year. They will rebound next season recruiting as they always do, but will fulmer be around without an SEC title after almost 10 years.

If Fulmer is out can they rebound next year?

Depends on when he is out and who they get to replace him. Just because you lose a coach that doesn't mean you won't have a good recruiting year. Examples of that this year is southern miss and even ucla. They lost their coaches and had very good recruiting years.

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I commented that they would have a down year because it's the cycle for it. If you check our their rankings, one year top 10 and next year barely top 25; however as you point out it was even worse this year. They will rebound next season recruiting as they always do, but will fulmer be around without an SEC title after almost 10 years.

If Fulmer is out can they rebound next year?

Getting to the SECCG bought Fulmer at the very least 2 more years. He's not going anywhere.

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Demetrius Dew (2/12/2008)
I commented that they would have a down year because it's the cycle for it. If you check our their rankings, one year top 10 and next year barely top 25; however as you point out it was even worse this year. They will rebound next season recruiting as they always do, but will fulmer be around without an SEC title after almost 10 years.

If Fulmer is out can they rebound next year?

Getting to the SECCG bought Fulmer at the very least 2 more years. He's not going anywhere.

JDU how can that be. If you guys don't win the SEC next year, it would be 10 years since fulmer's last title. I can't see the fan base being happy with that. Unless he makes it to the SECCG I find it hard to keep the ut fans happy and him in a job. In your opinion do you see a scenario where you think he is out at ut next season?

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Demetrius Dew (2/12/2008)
I commented that they would have a down year because it's the cycle for it. If you check our their rankings, one year top 10 and next year barely top 25; however as you point out it was even worse this year. They will rebound next season recruiting as they always do, but will fulmer be around without an SEC title after almost 10 years.

If Fulmer is out can they rebound next year?

Getting to the SECCG bought Fulmer at the very least 2 more years. He's not going anywhere.

JDU how can that be. If you guys don't win the SEC next year, it would be 10 years since fulmer's last title. I can't see the fan base being happy with that. Unless he makes it to the SECCG I find it hard to keep the ut fans happy and him in a job. In your opinion do you see a scenario where you think he is out at ut next season?

This year, as much as it hurt, losing to the national champion in the SECCG was acceptable...Not many people expected us to win the SEC...Everyone was picking LSU from the offseason.

It would take a 6-6 or worse year to get him fired this year, and he will prob be gone after 2009 if he has two years of 8-4 or something like that.

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jdu00743 (2/12/2008)
Demetrius Dew (2/12/2008)
I commented that they would have a down year because it's the cycle for it. If you check our their rankings, one year top 10 and next year barely top 25; however as you point out it was even worse this year. They will rebound next season recruiting as they always do, but will fulmer be around without an SEC title after almost 10 years.

If Fulmer is out can they rebound next year?

Getting to the SECCG bought Fulmer at the very least 2 more years. He's not going anywhere.

JDU how can that be. If you guys don't win the SEC next year, it would be 10 years since fulmer's last title. I can't see the fan base being happy with that. Unless he makes it to the SECCG I find it hard to keep the ut fans happy and him in a job. In your opinion do you see a scenario where you think he is out at ut next season?

This year, as much as it hurt, losing to the national champion in the SECCG was acceptable...Not many people expected us to win the SEC...Everyone was picking LSU from the offseason.

It would take a 6-6 or worse year to get him fired this year, and he will prob be gone after 2009 if he has two years of 8-4 or something like that.

I see your point. Thanks.

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