This year has been difficult for all of college football and high school football. The 2021 National Signing Class had to endure a season derailed by the impact of COVID-19. All college football teams would have to adapt to the new obstacle of recruiting their new potential players. The Alabama Crimson Tide, led by head coach Nick Saban, has been able to learn and adapt to these new challenges. They were able to prove this by winning their 18th National Championship title and their third in six years. Alabama dominated the Ohio State Buckeyes in the 2021 CFB Playoff National Championship 52-24 less than a month ago. On National Signing Day, the Crimson Tide secured the best overall recruiting class of all-time according to 247 Sports. Alabama is continuing to dominate on and off-the-field even after winning the national championship.
Alabama Finishes 2021 National Signing Day With Best Class Ever
2021 Alabama Beats Out 2010 Florida
Alabama was able to secure a deep and exceptionally talented signing class this year. It had seven five-star recruits and 15 four-star recruits in the 2021 class including some early enrollees. Alabama finished the 2021 National Signing Day with an overall score of 325.95. This is a better overall score since the 2010 Florida Gators Signing Class of 324.62. The Gators had five five-star recruits and 17 four-star recruits in a class that was one of the last great classes for Florida. This was a class that had four of their five-star recruits finish their careers at Florida and were selected in the NFL Draft. Matt Elam, Shariff Floyd, and Dominique Easley were the players that were selected in the first round.
This is the ninth recruiting class in the last 11 years where Alabama has finished with the top recruiting class. Before this year, Alabama’s best recruiting class was in 2017 where the Crimson Tide finished with an overall score of 323.87. That recruiting class featured six five-star recruits that included quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, linebacker Dylan Moses, offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood, wide receiver Jerry Jeudy, running back Najee Harris, and defensive end Labryan Ray. This was the most talented recruiting class for Alabama until this year. Only time will tell if this recruiting class matches the impact of the 2017 class.
Alabama Gets Early Enrollees and More on the Way
The Crimson Tide had 14 early enrollees in their 2021 class on Early Signing Day on December 16th. This was a time where the recruits who enrolled early got to experience the physical and mental grind of the football preparations during the College Football Playoffs. Four of the early enrollees are five-star recruits such as offensive tackle JC Latham, the second-ranked recruit overall in the 2021 Recruiting Class. Five of the signed recruits from the 2021 recruiting class are ranked as the top and three are within the top-ten. Nine recruits rank within the top 50 of the overall recruiting class.
On National Signing Day, Alabama signed 12 more players including three more who are five-star recruits. Weakside defensive end Dallas Turner, from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, ranks eighth overall and first in his position. In his senior season, Turner accounted for 41 total tackles, 13 sacks, 12 tackles for loss, and four forced fumbles. Camar Wheaton’s signing secured Alabama’s 2021 signing day class as the top class of all-time. His name now brings a high profile of expectations as the highest recruited running back since Trey Sanders. Wheaton is the 33rd overall prospect and the second-top running back of all 2021 recruits. Wheaton, Sanders, and Brian Robinson Jr. could share a deep and talented backfield this next season for Alabama.