5 Recruits That Alabama Hopes To Land On Signing Day
National Signing Day is often a boring day for the Alabama faithful, which is exactly how Nick Saban likes it.
While most Tide fans get a thrill out of seeing players commit on national television, Saban sleeps peacefully at night knowing that he has locked up a player's commitment before Signing Day. This approach often results in Alabama having a stack of National Letters of Intent before 11:00 a.m.
This year will be different.
Saban is currently hoping for a strong finish on Signing Day by landing a handful of blue chip recruits. Doing this successfully will most certainly bolt Alabama atop the recruiting rankings once again.
We can assure you that there are more than five players that Saban is hoping add to his recruiting class on Wednesday. However, this list is made of players that Alabama stands a great chance of landing.
Mack Wilson already carved his name into Alabama lore by getting Nick Saban to dab, a dance move that was popularized by Carolina Panthers' quarterback Cam Newton.
On a more serious level, he is one of the nation's top uncommitted linebackers, and he will choose between Alabama and Georgia on National Signing Day. Many experts believe that Wilson plans on staying in-state and joining forces with fellow five star linebacker Ben Davis.
There is also reason to believe that Wilson could sign with Kirby Smart at Georgia. Smart had built a close relationship with the five-star linebacker when he was the defensive coordinator at Alabama. He maintained that relationship and is now encouraging Wilson to join him in Athens.
This may or may not be a close finish (depending on who you ask), but it appears that Saban is in great position to sign another top prospect.
Ben Davis is yet another in-state linebacker that has yet to commit to any school despite numerous offers. Many experts believe that he is a lock to sign with Alabama for many reasons.
Davis grew up in Gordo, Alabama, which is only about a 30 minute drive from Tuscaloosa. His father, Wayne, played for Alabama from 1983-86, and left the Capstone as the school record holder for career tackles.
Those two reasons alone are enough for anyone to believe that Davis will be Nick Saban's next great linebacker at Alabama. However, Davis has remained quiet throughout the recruiting process, which makes it hard to predict which team he favors the most.
Auburn appears to be in the running for Davis' services after he made a visit there in late January. The Tiger's new defensive coordinator, Kevin Steele, had recruited him when he was still at LSU, so that could smell trouble for the Crimson Tide.
While it is highly likely that Davis signs with Alabama, do not consider it a done deal just because it is his father's alma mater. If that were the standard for recruits then Rashan Evans would be playing for Auburn.
Mique Juarez is just one more five-star to add to the list of linebackers that Alabama hopes to land on National Signing Day.
Juarez, a one time USC commit, is a California native who has narrowed down his top three schools to Alabama, Ole Miss, and UCLA. Many experts believe that the Bruins are the favorites to land him because it's the closest geographically.
Others argue that Nick Saban and his coaching staff made a very good impression during his official visit to Alabama. Juarez put Tide fans on pins and needles when he tweeted "I'm not afraid to join the success..." during his stay in Tuscaloosa. Saban also had an in-home visit with him shortly after he returned home to California. That likely spoke volumes to Juarez and his family.
Unlike Mack Wilson and Ben Davis, Juarez does not have any major ties to Alabama, but Saban is at his best when he needs extra incentive to bring a recruit to Tuscaloosa. This decision will still come down to the wire.
It may seem unlikely that Alabama lands so many top notch defensive players, but Terrell Hall is another blue chip recruit that could sign with the Tide on Wednesday.
The Washington D.C. native has narrowed down his list to four schools: Alabama, Ole Miss, Florida State, and Maryland. Like Mique Juarez, Hall may feel the pressure to stay close to home which would lead to him signing with Maryland.
There are also reasons to believe that Hall could end up signing with Alabama or Ole Miss. He has visited Tuscaloosa on multiple occasions, and it was reported that he was very impressed with the coaching staff and the players. During his visit he tweeted, "I guess God planned on me staying another day. Maybe I'm supposed to be around champions!"
Hall's most recent visit was to Oxford. History tells us that the team that gets the last visit always stands a good shot at landing that player.
Hall has not given any hint or indication that he is leaning towards one particular school. It is believed, however, that Alabama made the biggest impression on him.
Earlier we discussed how Mack Wilson had cemented his name into Alabama lore by getting Nick Saban to dab. Jared Mayden may have carved his own legacy by getting Saban to wobble.
Mayden, a Texas native, has had a unique recruitment from the start. He was once committed to Oregon, but he soon decided to open his recruitment back up. The Ducks are no longer in the race for his services.
Mayden has narrowed down his choices to Alabama and Oklahoma. He, like most recruits, had a very successful visit to Tuscaloosa in mid-January. He followed that up with a successful visit to Oklahoma a week later.
Both Nick Saban and Bob Stoops have had in-home visits with Mayden. There is no way of knowing if Stoops or Saban is the better dancer, but Stoops did not show off his moves, so Saban may have the upper hand in that category. Saban also may have an upper hand due to his success of recruiting the state of Texas and developing defensive backs. This is another recruiting race between two schools that will come down to the wire.