Alabama Football Recruiting Update – April 12, 2016


Alabama football recruiting update as of April 12, 2016. The Crimson Tide picked up a huge commitment by flipping a 5-star recruit from Florida State.


A few weeks ago the rest of the SEC was ready to party when Alabama watched a trio of recruits decommit in a 48-hour window. Oh how the Tide has turned.

Here’s a good rule of thumb when it comes to Alabama recruiting: never bet against the Crimson Tide as long as Nick Saban gets out of bed in the morning.

Five-star outside linebacker VanDarius Cowan flipped his commitment from Florida State to Alabama over the weekend while visiting Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Even better for Alabama, the nation’s No. 2 outside linebacker and No. 22 overall recruit has bigger plans than his own commitment.

Cowan has been one of the biggest recruiters in the 2017 cycle. While he didn’t drop any names, Cowan told Campus Insiders he has plans to flip more recruits to Alabama.

“[I’m] not gonna say,” Cowan said with a laugh. “But just know, I’m flipping a couple more people.”

Saban signed the No. 1 inside linebacker, Ben Davis, and No. 2 inside linebacker, Lyndell Wilson, from the 2016 cycle.

Imagine the trio they could form with Cowan come 2017.

Below is an overview of how the Tide’s 2017 recruiting class currently sits.

Note: Scout rankings and ratings used in this article.

Alabama Football Recruiting Update


Complete Class

  • No. 6 Overall Class
  • Total Commits: 8
  • 5-Star Commits: 2
  • 4-Star Commits: 5
  • 3-Star Commits: 1
  • Najee Harris: 5-Star, No. 1 RB, No. 1 Overall
  • VanDarius Cowan: 5-Star, No. 2 OLB, No. 22 Overall
  • Alex Leatherwood: 4-Star, No. 15 OT, No. 120 Overall
  • Chadarius Townsend: 4-Star, No. 8 ATH, No. 88 Overall
  • Xavier McKinney: 4-Star, No. 9 S, No. 115 Overall
  • Brian Robinson: 4-Star, No. 14 RB, No. 135 Overall
  • Gary Johnson: 4-Star, Unranked JUCO ILB
  • Aaron Sterling: 3-Star, Unranked DE

  • Tide Turners

  • 5-Star Recruit Explains Flip From FSU To Alabama
  • Nick Saban Tabs New Special Teams Coach
  • 5-Star OLB Plans On Flipping More Recruits To Alabama

  • Roll Twitter, Roll

    One of the top wide receivers in the 2018 class, Jermaine Eskridge, is stoked to land an offer from the Tide.


    Scouting The Enemy

  • 4-Star OT Grayson Reed committed to Texas A&M (4/9/2016)
  • 3-Star OT Pompey Coleman committed to Missouri (4/9/2016)
  • 4-Star TE Kemore Gamble committed to Florida (4/8/2016)
  • 4-Star S Myles Jones committed to Texas A&M (4/8/2016)
  • Unranked OT Kirby Adcock committed to Arkansas (4/7/2016)
  • Unranked OT Dwayne Fisher committed to Arkansas (4/6/2016)
  • Unranked OG James Jackson committed to Mississippi State (4/6/2016)

  • Recent Alabama Offers

  • Bruce Jordan-Swilling, 2017 4-Star, No. 11 RB, No. 108 Overall, New Orleans, La. 
  • Jermaine Eskridge, 2018 WR, Tampa, Fla. 
  • Owen Pappoe, 2019 OLB, Loganville, Ga.
  • Trey Sanders, 2019 RB, Port Saint Joe, Fla. 
  • Dominick Blaylock, 2019 WR, Marietta, Ga. 
  • Chuck Filiaga, 2017 4-Star, No. 20 OT, No. 150 Overall, Murietta, Calif.
  • Grant Delpit, 2017 4-Star, No. 17 S, No. 250 Overall, Houston, Texas

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