Perhaps the only place Alabama's on-field dominance can be matched during Nick Saban's tenure with the program is in recruiting, where the Crimson Tide have pulled in a top-3 class in each of the past ten years.
That changed on Wednesday when they finished National Signing Day with ESPN's sixth-ranked class.
Alabama is still bringing a ton of talent to Tuscaloosa, led by five-star pass rusher Eyabi Enoma and the nation's No. 1 cornerback Patrick Surtain Jr., but the Crimson Tide sit well behind Georgia's incredible haul for the top-ranked class.
Thirteen of Alabama's 20 commits made the ESPN 300, down from 22 on 2017's top-ranked class in the country.
While the headlines may show the Crimson Tide are not the dominant outfit they once were, the fact that the class of 2017 was so strong for Saban shows they won't be relinquishing their top spot on the field anytime soon.
Among the players in the 2017 class were Tua Tagovailoa, Najee Harris, Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs III, Devonta Smith, and Alex Leatherwood. All six of those top recruits played a massive role in the Crimson Tide's national championship win over Georgia, including Tagovailoa's game-winning pass to Smith in overtime.
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