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Even without Elam, Tide's class is huge

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07:33 AM ET 01.31 | There are programs that might seriously suffer from losing out on a 6-foot-5, 370-pounder, but Alabama is not one of those programs. No one knows how good he'll turn out to be, but fact is, at Alabama, there are more than enough 300-pounders to go around. Seven, to be exact, in the 2014 recruiting class alone, and that number could grow. ... [In] offensive linemen Ross Pierschbacher (6-4, 295) and J.C. Hassenauer (6-3, 295) and defensive lineman Johnny Dwight (6-3, 298), Alabama has three more commitments that could hit 300 pounds after a few trips to the program's new weight room and juice bar. That means Alabama doesn't just have the consensus No. 1 recruiting class heading into next Wednesday's National Signing Day. It means the Crimson Tide also has the biggest collection of big men.

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January 31, 2014  07:53 AM ET

Yea but can he dribble?

January 31, 2014  08:12 AM ET

Yea but who reads them the playbook or do's it have alot of pictures in it?

January 31, 2014  08:32 AM ET

How many of the 3 and 4 star players on the National Champion Noles did Alabama recruit? My guess is not many.

January 31, 2014  08:34 AM ET
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Yea but who reads them the playbook or do's it have alot of pictures in it?

All SEC Playbooks have pictures...duh.

and it's "does"....just saying

and "alot" isn't a written word.... :)

January 31, 2014  08:38 AM ET

He's compensating for something.

January 31, 2014  08:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

All SEC Playbooks have pictures...duh.and it's "does"....just sayingand "alot" isn't a written word.... :)

He's a hillbilly.

January 31, 2014  08:54 AM ET
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How many of the 3 and 4 star players on the Oklahoma Sooners did Alabama recruit? My guess is not many.

FIFY

January 31, 2014  08:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

He's a hillbilly.

Yeah, but he's a bucknut hillbilly. Those have higher status than other hillbillies. They be in the B1G.

January 31, 2014  09:17 AM ET

Nick learned a thing or two while in Lansing.

January 31, 2014  09:17 AM ET

I've long associated freakishly huge linemen with Wisconsin...

January 31, 2014  09:17 AM ET

This class is pretty insane. Anybody know how long Saban is gonna keep coaching?

January 31, 2014  09:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

This class is pretty insane. Anybody know how long Saban is gonna keep coaching?

Saban will process himself when he starts under-preforming.

January 31, 2014  09:41 AM ET
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Saban will process himself when he starts under-preforming.

Like 2010... but then we won an NC in 2011 and 2012... hmmmm.

January 31, 2014  09:42 AM ET

Coach Saban can wear that powder blue suit all he wants if he keeps winning NCs and reeling in #1 recruiting classes!!!!

Oh, and the obligatory, "That mean ole Sabinz allows his players to skip classes and they can't even read!!! Dadgum ole mean ole Sabinz!!!"

January 31, 2014  10:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Coach Saban can wear that powder blue suit all he wants if he keeps winning NCs and reeling in #1 recruiting classes!!!!Oh, and the obligatory, "That mean ole Sabinz allows his players to skip classes and they can't even read!!! Dadgum ole mean ole Sabinz!!!"

He got that suit from Verne Troyer after the Austin Powers movies were shot.

January 31, 2014  10:57 AM ET
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I've long associated freakishly huge linemen with Wisconsin...

At Wisconsin, the big boys are on the O-line. Alabama likes to have a huge, space eating NT to anchor the D-line. Not getting Elam is a big deal, no matter how AL.com spins it.

January 31, 2014  11:00 AM ET
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At Wisconsin, the big boys are on the O-line. Alabama likes to have a huge, space eating NT to anchor the D-line. Not getting Elam is a big deal, no matter how AL.com spins it.

We have a few 330 pounders for NT. We have done pretty well on defense with them if you look at our defensive rankings.

Some services had Elam 5 stars and some had him 3 stars. He might turn into a project, but regardless, I expect we will be in the top 5 in most, if not all, defensive categories like we have been for about 6 straight years.

January 31, 2014  11:02 AM ET
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.. Alabama likes to have a huge, space eating NT to anchor the D-line. Not getting Elam is a big deal, no matter how AL.com spins it.

With Manziel gone maybe those huge DTs and LBs will be able to play up to their Rivals rankings.

January 31, 2014  11:08 AM ET
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With Manziel gone maybe those huge DTs and LBs will be able to play up to their Rivals rankings.

Kenny Hill isn't Johnny Manziel but he has a good set of wheels none the less. And a good arm. He's one of the few HS QBs that I've seen in person that I thought was college ready as far as reading pass routes/receivers.

But, he has to prove it now.

 
January 31, 2014  11:13 AM ET
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Kenny Hill isn't Johnny Manziel but he has a good set of wheels none the less. And a good arm. He's one of the few HS QBs that I've seen in person that I thought was college ready as far as reading pass routes/receivers. But, he has to prove it now.

Agreed, but Manziel was a special talent and he made those big beefy "outside in" defenses pay. Made 'em look slow and out of position.

'Bama DTs should do better vs. A&M now that Matthews and Harison are gone from the O line.

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