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Re-Ranking the Class of 2008
There's a new #1
Director of Scouting
Posted Sep 17, 2008
With the team rankings from Scout.com due to be released this week, now is as good a time as any to look back at the Class of 2008 based on who suited up for their respective teams this month. After all of the class attrition, it turns out, there's a new #1.
From baseball to grayshirts to transfers to academic casualties, there are multitudes of reasons why the dream that was Signing Day 2008 changed for so many players. Attrition takes its toll on just about every program in the country.
Of course the true ranking of each class won't be known for several years, but here's a look back with a re-ranking of the Class of 2008 based on who suited up this year.
Crimson Tide finished on Signing Day of 2008 with Scout's #1 Class, with
nipping closely at their heels. Alabama signed 32 players, so some attrition was expected. Scout only counts the top 25 prospects per class, but in February there's no telling which 25 are going to report.
Alabama was hit particularly hard by baseball losing Destin Hood and Melvin Ray to the draft. Alabama lost another 4-Star in Devonta Bolton. Those three players were enough to give Notre Dame the edge, who enrolled all of their signees.
It's been stated before, but I don't think it can be said enough; the recruiting job that
and staff did last year to secure the #1 class in the country in the midst of Notre Dame's worst season in its history, is one of the best recruiting jobs I've ever seen.
I don't think anyone is taking the Tide lightly despite some attrition, because Alabama still brought in the #2 class in the country with headliners such as
Julio Jones, Mark Barron, Burton Scott
. It's less heralded recruits (if you can call a 4 star guy unheralded) such as
and running back
that have already made a huge impact for Alabama.
is another team that oversigned and was expecting some attrition, but most of the key guys in the class enrolled on time and have seen a lot of early playing time. All of Miami's 4 Star rated or better prospects are currently on the team. The Class of 2008 is the biggest building block in getting the Hurricanes back to national prominence.
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