Curious about the 2024 class

TideFan in AU

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bamaga

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Possible flips: Houston, Riley and Baugh and Perry Thompson
Possible commitments: Ross, Edwin, and Mboumoua
Most likely going somewhere else or staying put: Solomon Williams (Texas am)
Jernigan (Texas am)
I dont see Perry Thompson flipping. He gas recruited hard for Auburn.
 

bamaga

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So to summarize.

NoNC4Tubs - Believes rating services have iffy evaluations
B1GTide - looks like Saban went after needs first this year. And I wonder if the attrition every year with the portal and NIL might have him rethinking some things.
CajunCrimson - Believes most will turn to 4 stars by the end.
TheRealPokeChop - Believes the 24 class is down across the board
Bamaga - Believes coordinator changes and Saban taking time off to go to Italy effected this class

I will say that recruiting services don't do a great job evaluating lineman OL, DL or TE's. 4 of the three star players are in those positions.

There may be some truth to B1GTide thinking he's changed his strategy. We can sign a million 5 star guys but most will leave for the portal if not starting in 12 months which robs Saban of the ability to emerse them into the process. It's possible in addition to the game changer 5 stars he's looking for guys who are willing to stay the course and become the best. I'm not sure how that idea would work out but if anyone could pull it off it's Saban.

I hope CajunCrimson is correct

if TheRealPokeChop is correct it would explain things

I don't think Saban going to Italy hurt the program. If Miss Terry isn't happy the whole place goes to crap so whatever it takes.

I'd say the anomaly is more the three linebackers and two DB's rated three star. We rarely sign anything less than a 4 at those positions. We will see if Saban sees something in them or if he's looking for guys who are willing to build themselves up inside the program and earn the playing time as apposed to transferring around like a gypsy looking for vacant spot to play.

ADDITION: I also noticed of the 5 DB's 4 of them are 6 foot or more. the other is 5' 11". It's possible Saban is looking for something specific in these guys. Clearly tall guys might be slower to develop but have a higher top end.
Saban has always had a prototype for each position that he looks for. With taller, bigger receivers, probably since Mike Evans torched us a few years ago, he looks for DBs over 6 feet . You can’t teach size.


Im not blaming Nick for goining to Italy. He commented that it hurt recruiting , but that they put it off for several years and he had to finally pay the piper. I think the Ferrari deal had something to do with it . Business vacation. As a grinder myself, i understand putting off vacation. The man deserves any and all time off he wants. Even if we end up with a 5th rated recruiting class, which we wont .