Auburn High linebacker to sign
By MARK EDWARDS
Special to the Ledger-Enquirer
The NCAA's football signing period begins today, and Alabama is close to finishing the recruiting season in a customary spot.
No. 1 in the nation.
After getting a commitment Monday night from Auburn High's Reuben Foster, a five-star generally considered the country's top linebacker, Alabama has moved to the top spot in the Rivals.com rankings. The Crimson Tide finished on top of the Rivals ratings in 2008-09 and 2011-12.
Scout has Alabama at No. 8, even though nobody has more commitments from Scout five-star players than the Crimson Tide (five) or prospects who rated in Scout's top 100 (11).
More sought-after players could join Nick Saban's 2013 recruiting class today, even though Alabama doesn't appear to have much room left. The Crimson Tide has 23 of its 25 spots filled, including five-star defensive tackle A'Shawn Richardson of Fort Worth, Texas. He has not made his choice public and is not being listed by recruiting services as an Alabama commitment.
However, multiple reports by news organizations say he has told Texas and Alabama coaches he will sign with the Crimson Tide.
Alabama still is in the mix for East Mississippi Community College defensive lineman Jarran Reed, who has told Tiderinsider.com he will pick today between Alabama and Florida. Reed has three years of eligibility remaining.
Also, Eddie Vanderdoes of Placer High in Auburn, Calif., is set to announce his choice today at 6:30 p.m. He is considering Alabama, Notre Dame, Southern California, Washington and UCLA. Vanderdoes is a five-star prospect who is rated as the nation's No. 2 defensive tackle by Rivals.
Alabama is considered the favorite for Muscle Shoals (Ala.) defensive lineman Dee Liner, who ranked seventh nationally at his position by Rivals. He will make his announcement at noon on ESPN.
At 10 a.m., ESPNU will televise the announcements of a couple of defensive backs who have shown interest in the Crimson Tide. Safety Vonn Bell of Ridgeland High in Rossville, Ga., will announce his choice from his list of Alabama, Ohio State and Tennessee, and safety Antonio Conner of South Panola High of Batesville, Miss., will pick between Alabama and Ole Miss.
Running back Alvin Kamara of Norcross (Ga.) High is set to announce at 3 p.m. on ESPNU. He is picking between Alabama and Georgia, and he told Fox Sports South on Tuesday night he has made his decision but won't make it public until today.
Southeastern Conference rules allow schools to sign only 25 players, but if Alabama has more than that wanting to join the Tide, there is an option. A player can delay enrollment and sign with Alabama in January, which means he wouldn't count against the Tide's 2013 class.
Handley (Ala.) High offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman appears set to do that as he recovers from a knee injury suffered in the fall, even though most recruiting services still are listing him as part of the 2013 class.