Ranking Alabama and Auburn Football Recruiting Classes in 2023

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Recruitment rankings are subjective, combining the work of evaluators talking to coaches, tape studying, and the old-fashioned vision test. While Nick Saban noted during his press conference on signing day that he doesn’t like to put additional pressure on high schoolers adapting to the next level, the general consensus is that the new crop of talent coming to Tuscaloosa is historic. .

Across the board, the Crimson Tide was crowned the No. 1 by 247Sports, Rivals and On3, signing 27 players. Auburn, under first-year head coach Hugh Freeze, raced to sign 18 players and were ranked 16th overall for a service.

Here’s how recruiting sites ranked the Tide and Tigers efforts:

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All signers of Hugh Freeze’s Auburn Football Recruiting Class of 2023

247 Sports

247Sports National Recruiting Analyst Andrew Ivins summed it up well with his “Winners and Losers” post, writing of Alabama: “The empire strikes back.” Alabama was also celebrated by Allen Trieu for having some of the best positional play of any national program with two elite running backs – Justice Haynes and Richard Young – and five forwards on board, including five-star Kadyn Proctor.

The Tigers were also considered winners, as the turnovers of defensive lineman Keldric Faulk and cornerback Kayin Lee were big reasons for Auburn to climb nearly 40 places in the site’s rankings to 20th. Faulk is the only signer in the top 100 of the 247Sports Composite.

Sports Illustrated

In SI99, a compilation of top prospects, Alabama led with 12 players, one short of Texas A&M getting its highest-ranked Class of 2022 ever.

“It could be argued that Bama started grabbing the top spot the day before signing day when it traded top 10 Kadyn Proctor from the local Iowa Hawkeyes, but Nick Saban’s program hit more big targets on Wednesday anyway. , capturing state defensive stars James Smith and Qua Russaw,” wrote Sports Illustrated Recruiting Director John Garcia Jr.

Faulk, as in System 247, was the only future Tiger in SI99. Freeze’s class reached 18th place, with Garcia praising the new team for having the turnovers of the day before Oregon and head coach Dan Lanning shocked the system.

“In a way, the Tigres team is ahead of schedule”, summarized Garcia.

CBS Sports

Saban and Freeze were also determined as ‘winners’ of the initial signing period by Brandon Huffman. The retention of five-star safety Caleb Downs, who had been hounded by home state Georgia, was a contributing factor. Huffman acknowledged the status quo being reasserted in Tuscaloosa, writing “All is well with the world”.

Auburn’s college work was also credited, according to Huffman. Izavion Miller entered the day as the No. 4 JUCO in their rankings and could be a day one impact piece.

“The Auburn program had zero recruiting momentum under Bryan Harsin, but things seem to be changing with Freeze at the helm on the plains.”

ESPN

Alabama has amassed more players on the ESPN 300 than any other program (22). He has a chance to get another one in five-star cornerback Desmond Ricks, who is expected to announce on Thursday. Surprisingly, the Tide surpassed A&M’s 2022 bid with 11 players in ESPN’s top 28 rankings, compared to eight for the Aggies.

“Finishing first overall, ahead of Georgia, is an important win for Saban on the recruiting trail,” wrote writer Tom VanHaaren.

Auburn ranked 29th according to ESPN’s metrics, with five entries on the ESPN 300 and six players overall (running back Jeremiah Cobb has yet to file his paperwork). In the Southeastern Conference, the Tigers finished 11th with Lee their highest-rated commitment (No. 184).

Per VanHaaren: “Auburn trails most of the SEC with work to do on the recruiting trail, but new head coach Hugh Freeze inherits a solid foundation and has been adding more talent since taking over.”

Nick Alvarez is a reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @nick_a_alvarez or send him an email at NAlvarez@al.com

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