Since arc manning For name, image, and likeness agreements, the 2023 draft year was one of the craziest draft cycles in recent memory. However, there is one family program sitting at the top of the class rankings.
Nick Saban and Alabama football reclaimed the top spot in almost every recruiting service after a second-place finish last year. The Crimson Tide are still in the mix for some top-tier recruits, but most of the work was taken care of in the days leading up to the early signing period. On Wednesday, the prospects signed their letters of intent and officially became the future of the dynasty.
Here’s Alabama’s football class of 2023.
Quarterbacks: That’s Holstein
Zachary (La.), 4 stars
No. 74 nationally by 247Sports Composite, No. 9 QB
precise and agile holstein he’ll be part of the quartet of pitchers looking to replace Bryce Young next fall.
Brookwood (Ga.), 4 stars
No. 140 nationally, No. 10 QB
Will Lonergan be a bi-sport athlete for the Crimson Tide? Still, the strong-armed Lonergan offers advantages at the position.
The runners: judge haynes
Buford, Georgia, 5 stars
No. 25 nationally, No. 3 RB
A Georgia Bulldogs legacy, Haynes has NFL-caliber vision. Give him the ball and keep an eye on him make people lose
Lehigh, Florida, 4 stars
No. 48 nationally, No. 4 RB
Young is a unique threat who has handled his carries in a stellar high school career. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound will make a carry claim on the first day.
Pass catchers: malik benson
Hutchinson (Kansas) CC, 4 stars
No. 1 JUCO, No. 1 WR
Can Benson solve the lack of a number one receiving threat on the Tide? With an excellent route career, Benson should be a good start for anyone starting under center.
Longview (Tx.), 4 stars
No. 40 overall, No. 7 WR
An elite athlete, Hale may continue the trend for first-year receivers to gain playing time.
FW (Fla.) Bucholz, 4 stars
No. 285 nationally, No. 39 WR
Hamilton, a 6-foot-1, 188-pound speedster, can be a scoring threat every time he gets touched.
Owasso, Okla., 4 stars
No. 304 nationally, No. 42 WR
A shrewd option out of the slot, Adams scored 13 touchdowns as a junior with over 1,000 all-purpose yards.
Independence (Tennessee), 4 stars
No. 235 nationwide, No. 13 TE
A heavy-handed weapon in the passing game, Alabama has found another tight end that he could deploy in multiple ways.
Offensive linemen: lady supervisor
Southeast (Iowa) Polk, 5 stars
No. 12 nationally, No. 2 OT
The tides midweek Wonder, Alabama secured a top-tier tackle who can anchor the offensive line for years.
Northridge, 4 stars
No. 77 nationally, No. 8 OT
The closest recruit geographically to Bryant-Denny Stadium, Formby is a 6-foot-7 Tide legacy.
Loomis (Conn.) Chaffee, 4 stars
No. 191 nationwide, No. 16 OT
The only international recruit, Alinen is from Finland, is part of the acquisition spree for new offensive line coach Eric Wolford.
East (Illi.) St.Louis, 4 stars
No. 200 nationally, No. 18 OT
McVay, a 6-foot-6, 358-pound bruiser, adds depth to the trenches.
Ryqueze ‘Rock’ McElderry
Anniston, 4 stars
No. 376 nationwide, No. 23 IOL
McElderry, the only guard in the class at 6-foot-3, 340 pounds, was one of the first somersaults Alabama won. He was originally engaged to georgia
The kicker: Conor Talty
Santa Rita (Illi)., 3 stars
No. 2 by kick expert Chris Sailer
The Will Reichard era is over. Enter Taltya 6-foot-1, 195-pound strong-legged man.
The secondary: caleb down
Mill Creek (Ga.), 5 stars
No. 6 Nationally, No. 1 S
Alabama pulled two of Georgia’s top recruits after losing the national title to Kirby Smart and the Bulldogs. Downs is a do-it-all safety and the highest-rated recruit overall.
Thomson, 4 stars
No. 54 Nationally, No. 5 S
There was speculation about Mitchell’s decision until his announcement. An expert tackler, Tuscaloosa will be able to see the next steps in Mitchell’s development.
Florence, 4 stars
No. 38 nationwide, No. 4 CB
The 6-foot-2, 170-pound lockdown corner in high school may transition to STAR or safety like Saban alluded to for most secondary recruits during the signing day press conference.
Ocean Springs (Mississippi), 4 stars
No. 334 nationwide, No. 15 ATH
A dynamic athlete, Hubbard played a quarterback at Mississippi. He will field his 6-foot-2, 190-pound safety for Alabama.
Linebacker: justin jefferson
Pearl River (Mississippi) Community College, 4 stars
No. 2 JUCO, No. 1 LB
The Tide signed a linebacker and he’s a 6-foot-1 puncher who led Pearl River with 55 tackles this season.
Edge Runners: keon keeley
Berkeley Prep (Florida), 5 stars
No. 10 Nationwide, No. 1 EDGE
At 6-foot-2 and 242 pounds, Keeley looks like what you’d imagine a prototypical pass-rusher would look like. With a variety of passing moves and lower-body power from him, Keeley is one of the best recruits Alabama could have added this cycle.
GW Carver-Montgomery, 5 stars
#22 Nationwide, #3 EDGE
With every opportunity, Russaw has shown that it’s nearly impossible to block one on one. He has one of the highest ceilings among the signers.
Eufaula, 4 stars
#59 Nationwide, #8 EDGE
Pierre, one of the fastest rising prospects after a stellar past year, projects to be an impactful addition to Holmon Wiggins’ defense.
The defensive line: james smith
GW Carver-Montgomery, 5 stars
No. 18 nationally, No. 2 DL
The other half of Alabama’s signing day wins, Smith has been regarded as one of the elite defensive linemen in the country, whether at Carver or IMG (Fla.) Academy.
Tyler Legacy (Texas), 4 stars
No. 62 nationwide, No. 7 DL
The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Renaud may be a technical three in college.
No. 144 nationwide, No. 17 DL
With strong hands, Osborne tore apart offensive lines in high school and will look to develop them to the next level.
North Kansas City (Mo.), 4 stars
No. 182 nationwide, No. 24 DL
Hill can be a career-stopping force if he is able to progress on his 6-foot-3, 290-pound frame as he develops in Tuscaloosa.
Nick Alvarez is a reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @nick_a_alvarez or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.