Alabama Inks #1 class in 2023 cycle, good for 3rd best ever
For the tenth time since 2011, Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide ranked #1 in the 247Sports Composite Team Recruiting Rankings for the Class of 2023. Alabama finished its second best class ever with a score of 327.68. For historical comparison, Bama’s 2023 group ranks 3rd all-time behind Texas A&M in 2022 and itself in 2021.
Leading UA’s impressive haul is a record nine (!) 247Sports Composite Five-Star recruits:
And all but two of the five-star signatories (Keeley and Pierre) are enrolled early and progressing through spring training with the program.
Other notable additions to the 2023 Tide class include two Top247 quarterbacks in Eli Holstein and Dylan Lonergan — both also enrolled early. The Tide replaces Bryce Young this offseason, so the competition at center is all the better when it comes to the upcoming quarterback fight.
– The Tide went international (sort of) to land four-star offensive tackle Olaus Alinen, a native of Finland who ended his prep career in Connecticut.
– Alabama signed the nation’s top two junior college prospects in wide receiver Malik Benson and inside linebacker Justin Jefferson. Both could see the field in Tuscaloosa immediately.
– Though they’re not considered high school signers, Alabama added two prospects in the Georgia transfer portal, linebacker Trezmen Marshall and Maryland tight end CJ Dippre.
— 26 (including transfer portal) players signed up early with Alabama. The only 2023 signers who didn’t sign up early are Keon Keeley, Yhonzae Pierre, Richard Young and Conor Talty.
Following the early signing phase, Nick Saban shared his thoughts on UA’s recruitment efforts in 2023.
“Well today obviously was signing day and we’re obviously very happy with the class that we can put on, we have a good group of players but I think what I liked most about that group is that it seems like they have really good character. We’re still trying to get guys involved in developing and creating value for their future based on an education, a good person and the best football player they can be. So I feel like the kind of guys we’ve been able to attract are the right kind of guys and we’re looking forward to the course.
“I think the coaching team did a fantastic job. This is a long-term process. The guys worked really hard on it, not only in the evaluation process but also in the recruitment process. And the university community is really helping us in many ways, helping us to have very positive official visits from Dr. Bell to Greg Byrne to the university community, the professors who help us with recruitment to our entire recruitment staff and everyone involved in the organization.
“That’s why relationships are really important. To have a lot of good people in the organization who will be able to help guys develop responsibility for their own self-determination by taking personal, academic and sporting responsibility and having the right people to do it, that’s I think something that really helps us with recruitment so I want to reiterate that too.”