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    2014 Biggest Recruiting Needs

    Our roster is as stacked as any program in recent memory. So, I'm sure we'll sign a bunch of players across the board. I think we'll have more seniors this year and the usual early entrants to the NFL, so I think we'll sign 25 again.

    In the 2013 class, it looks like we missed down the stretch on a pure OT and safety, so I expect that will be a position we'll target. Also, we have missed on elite OT's since Fluker and Kouandjio. So, I think elite OT's will be a high priority and the OL in general. I also think we will look for a few more lock down corners (Humphrey as one). What do you think the breakdown will look like and what will be our highest priority?


    QB -1
    RB - 2
    TE - 2
    WR - 2
    OG - 3
    OT - 3


    DT - 1
    DE - 2
    OLB - 2
    MLB -2
    CB -3
    S -2

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    Re: 2014 Biggest Recruiting Needs

    Quote Originally Posted by Ty Webb View Post
    Our roster is as stacked as any program in recent memory. So, I'm sure we'll sign a bunch of players across the board. I think we'll have more seniors this year and the usual early entrants to the NFL, so I think we'll sign 25 again.

    In the 2013 class, it looks like we missed down the stretch on a pure OT and safety, so I expect that will be a position we'll target. Also, we have missed on elite OT's since Fluker and Kouandjio. So, I think elite OT's will be a high priority and the OL in general. I also think we will look for a few more lock down corners (Humphrey as one). What do you think the breakdown will look like and what will be our highest priority?


    QB -1
    RB - 2
    TE - 2
    WR - 2
    OG - 3
    OT - 3


    DT - 1
    DE - 2
    OLB - 2
    MLB -2
    CB -3
    S -2

    I dunno if we will take 6 offensive linemen, as much as I think it is a need (I would like to take that many). I could see 4, and that just depends on how they grade out in CNS evaluations. I think we take 3 RB's, as we already have Bo, and we are after Racean Thomas and Leonard Fournette hard. I think we'll take more defensive lineman, as it will always be a need with the scheme we run. We rotate more than any other team in the country. Also, our secondary class should be large (as stated). It's still a bit early to tell. I think we'll have a better idea after Spring practice. At my count, and I am making presumptions obviously (which I will do for sake of this), we have 15 scholarship Seniors this year. Add in 3-5 early entrants and the normal attrition (medical/transfers/etc...), and I could see how we take a full class....though I wouldn't find taking a small class predicated at filling our biggest needs. Numbers get harder and harder every year, and at some point you have to balance things out I would assume....

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    Re: 2014 Biggest Recruiting Needs

    O-line (specifically OT) is top priority IMO. TE and DB are next. We'll always want depth at every position, but those 3 areas are where I see us taking more than a "normal" class. I see only one or two runnings backs (and I doubt Bo is considered a RB when all is said and done). Racean is probably ours and that may be it.

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    Re: 2014 Biggest Recruiting Needs

    I think that the positions that need attention are LT, TE, and safety.

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    Re: 2014 Biggest Recruiting Needs

    Left tackles are hard to find. Get them when you can. Same with shutdown corners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 257WBY View Post
    Left tackles are hard to find. Get them when you can. Same with shutdown corners.
    No doubt we will have a need for pure left tackles. Looking at the top listed in the recruiting sites the best are spread out across the country again.

    Hard to believe we would pull in more than 2 backs with the guys coming in with this class.

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    Re: 2014 Biggest Recruiting Needs

    linemen,linemen,and more linemen!
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    Re: 2014 Biggest Recruiting Needs

    CB and OT are fairly critical, then safety, WR and DL. We lose a lot of receivers over the next 2 years.

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    We will also need a punter, to a lesser extent a backup center, and a blocking TE
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    Re: 2014 Biggest Recruiting Needs

    Long way until we can really get a sufficient view of what the 2014 roster may look like, but at this early juncture I would expect the emphasis to be on OT, DB (particularly CB), and DL.

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    Re: 2014 Biggest Recruiting Needs

    I think with Perry and potentially HaHa leaving Safety will be a priority as well as DL and OL.

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    Re: 2014 Biggest Recruiting Needs

    Quote Originally Posted by Tiderollin32 View Post
    I think with Perry and potentially HaHa leaving Safety will be a priority as well as DL and OL.
    Barring a major breakout year, I don't think we have to worry too much about Clinton-Dix leaving early. Besides, safety isn't exactly one of the major money positions in the NFL. It's not crazy to be the top safety prospect in the Draft and still not end up in the first round.

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    Re: 2014 Biggest Recruiting Needs

    Quote Originally Posted by Tiderollin32 View Post
    I think with Perry and potentially HaHa leaving Safety will be a priority as well as DL and OL.
    Safeties eligible to leave after the 2013 season:

    Jarrick Williams - Senior (most likely a RS Jr because of the possible RS to his injury this year)
    Nick Perry - Senior
    Haha - Junior
    Vinnie - Junior

    You're correct. Bama is going to need to get a few Safeties in 2014.

    Disclaimer: Not saying either Haha or Vinnie go pro. Just saying they are eligible to go.
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