Wednesday, February 6, 2013

NSD 2013: Alabama cements No. 1 signing class

The 2013 Alabama recruiting class has officially been signed, sealed, and delivered. Capturing yet another recruiting “national championship,” the Crimson Tide signed *25 players in total.

In what always results in a very busy day, here’s a quick recap of National Signing Day 2013 for the Alabama Crimson Tide.

-All verbal commitments (23) remained steadfast and signed with Alabama.

-As reported last month, four-star offensive tackle Bradley Bozeman (solid verbal) has been willingly “removed” from this signing class and has accepted a grayshirt. Bozeman is recovering from knee surgery, and by his own admission, felt he needed more time to heal and recuperate.

-In respect to the “undecided” prospects entering the day, Alabama signed four-star defensive end Dee Liner, four-star running back Alvin Kamara, and five-star defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson.

-While Alabama did “miss” on a few recruits, as every team does, the most noteworthy “dismissals” came in the form of four-star safety Antonio Conner, and five-star defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes. In the end, Conner selected the Ole Miss Rebels over the Crimson Tide, while Vanderdoes signed with Notre Dame over the likes of Alabama and UCLA.

-Alabama has been crowned the 2013 recruiting "national champions" per the recruiting outlets 247Sports, ESPN, and

*Commitment No. 26? --- Ohio State commit Johnny Townsend ponders personal matter before signing

Punters do not normally dominate headlines on National Signing Day, but Boone’s Johnny Townsend is the exception.
Townsend, one of the top punters in the country, was expected to sign with Ohio State today but an unspecified "family matter" has put his signing of the National Letter of Intent on hold.
The Townsend saga is still fluid and will most likely not be resolved until Thursday.

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