VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. -- Alabama won't have to wait on any of its players to enroll for academic reasons as all of the Crimson Tide's 2015 signees are on campus.
The remaining 16 student-athletes joined the Tide's eight mid-year enrollees and the rest of the team in Tuscaloosa last week.
Of the remaining 16 players, eight were ranked inside Rivals100, which lists the top 100 recruits in the country.
"My message to all of our guys when they come in is all the same," Tide coach Nick Saban said Thursday. "It doesn't really change from what we've talked to them about in recruiting. We're going to do everything that we can do to help them be more successful in life because you're involved with the program."
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Two members of the Tide's 2014 class -- Bo Scarbrough and Montel McBride -- had to delay enrollment. Scarbrough enrolled in January while McBride has yet to join the team.
From the summer enrollees, five-star running back Damien Harris and five-star wide receiver Calvin Ridley are among the players who could contribute early on. Alabama lost starting running back T.J. Yeldon, and there's no proven depth behind Derrick Henry and Kenyan Drake.
At receiver, the Tide lost its top three targets. Ridley, who's already 19, is more physically mature than most high school prospects so the transition likely won't be as tough for him from that standpoint.
But once the players arrive on campus, the stars are gone and the work begins on the field, in the classroom and every other aspect of collegiate life.
"We have a standard of excellence that we try to achieve in terms of your personal development, your academic development and your athletic development," Saban said. "Hopefully doing all these things the right way, making the right choices and decisions in these areas are going to help you be successful."
Saban also warned the young players to make good decisions.
"We all have total control of our choices in our lives," Saban said. "We've got zero control of the consequences. So to get guys to have enough foresight to make good choices and decisions is going to help them take advantage of the gifts and opportunities that they have. That's something that we try to emphasize with the players on and off the field."
-- Contact Anniston Star Sports Writer Marq Burnett at firstname.lastname@example.org, on Twitter @Marq_Burnett.