On March 15, 2016, the University of Alabama announced it had received the highest number of commitments in school history.
Alabama’s recruiting class was the largest ever.
But with the school having previously received commitments from four different players, the Alabama class had a high ceiling, and that ceiling had been breached by a single-digit commit.
The Alabama Class of 2021 was the most committed in school recruiting history, and Alabama had the best class in the country.
The recruiting cycle for the 2019 class had not even begun, so the fact that Alabama had more commitments than anyone else was a major deal.
The Crimson Tide had the biggest class in school sports history.
For some, it was a big deal.
For others, it wasn’t.
Alabama fans were upset and rightfully so.
They were upset because they thought Alabama was not only the best recruiting team in college sports, but that they were the only program in college football that was recruiting at a high level.
This was not the case.
Despite Alabama having the best football program in the nation, and the best basketball program in school, there were still issues that needed to be addressed before the 2019 Crimson Tide roster was officially released.
One of the biggest issues was recruiting.
Alabama had one of the most talented recruiting classes in the history of college sports.
But there was a lack of experience on the recruiting trail.
Alabama has always had a reputation for being a top recruiting program.
The way they recruited was always consistent, and they always produced some of the best players in the state.
Alabama never had a player go on to play in the NFL, but it has produced some very talented players in recent years.
The fact that the Tide had such a talented class of 2021, however, was cause for concern.
Alabama didn’t have enough experience on its roster to win a national championship.
Alabama does not have a true powerhouse recruiting class, and it is clear that Alabama did not have the experience or the players to win the national championship with in 2019.
To top it off, the Crimson Tide did not even have a quarterback on the roster.
It was a complete lack of depth on the offensive side of the ball.
It did not matter who was on the field, the playmakers were there, and when Alabama went to the bench, they were going to make the plays.
In fact, it seemed like the playmaking was almost exclusively on offense.
Alabama would often turn to freshman running back Dontrell Hill, who was a three-star prospect and one of only two players on the 2017 247Sports Composite.
Hill, the first-team All-SEC running back, ran for a school-record 3,634 yards and 28 touchdowns last season.
But Hill did not come into the year as the Heisman Trophy winner Alabama expected him to be.
When Hill did arrive on campus, he was not a star player, and was only the second player to make that mark.
Hill was just the third player to reach 3,000 yards and 25 touchdowns in a single season.
That was the mark Hill set in 2019, which was the first time he had ever reached those marks.
Hill played in just 10 games in 2019 before transferring to another school.
This did not stop Alabama from putting together a very talented recruiting class.
Hill and the offensive line, however could not handle the workload and pressure.
There were no true running backs on the Alabama roster in 2019 and that limited Hill’s role as the No. 1 option.
Hill would go on a tear of his own in 2020, breaking the school record for rushing yards (3,965) and rushing touchdowns (20).
Hill ran for more than 2,000 total yards in each of the first three seasons of his career.
But the offense did not play up to expectations.
The Tide’s offense could not run the ball, or run the football effectively, due to Hill’s inability to get the ball out quickly and effectively.
The offense did a poor job of taking advantage of its deep, athletic running backs, and there was no way the offense could be successful if those running backs were not being used effectively.
Alabama needed to replace Hill, and this was where offensive coordinator Nick Saban came in.
Saban, who had been the head coach at Georgia for three seasons prior to taking over at Alabama in 2019 was tasked with finding a solution to the Alabama problem.
Saban had previously recruited a number of Alabama players, including the likes of former LSU star D’Onta Foreman and former USC star Jonathan Allen.
Saban believed that he could recruit some of those same players, and he knew he could do so with a much younger group of players.
Saban went on a recruiting trip to Mobile, Alabama, to visit with players from Alabama’s other four divisions.
He met with many of the players at Alabama’s current program, and many of those players were excited about the idea of going to Alabama.
However, many of these players were also concerned about the depth at Alabama.
Saban wanted to replace the talent on the depth chart, and to