Saturday, January 21, 2012

Alabama leads in commitments from Press-Register Elite 18

image With seven commitments, including five of the Top 10, the Alabama Crimson Tide leads in recruiting the best of the best from the state of Alabama.

The Tide commitments are No. 2 T.J. Yeldon, No. 4 Reggie Ragland, No. 5 Ryan Anderson, No. 6 Tyler Hayes, No. 10 Alphonse Taylor, No. 12 Darius Philon and No. 16 Darren Lake.

Check out the complete list here.

Auburn is next with four commitments and Florida State has three. In a somewhat surprising year, LSU has no commitments from a state from which they normally pull at least one or two quality prospects.

The list is heavy on linebackers in 2012, with six of the 18 at the position. Alabama has commitments from three of them. Two will be Auburn Tigers and one—Oxford's Kwon Alexander—is uncommitted. Alexander has taken visits to Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Florida State.

The No. 1 overall prospect is Hueytown’s Jameis Winston. Winston is verbally committed to Florida State, but several other schools are pushing hard and Winston is considered a “soft verbal” to the Seminoles.

Alabama has a nearly consensus No. 1 recruiting class developing but should it secure the football talents of Alexander and Winston, the Tide would have hauled in one-half of the cream of the state’s crop.

National Signing Day is Wednesday, February 1. Verbal commitments are nonbinding.

On Sunday, the Press-Register will release the Super Southeast 120, covering prospects throughout the fertile Southeastern Conference recruiting turf.

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