The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

February 5, 2014

Big men, DBs highlight Bama's latest No. 1 class


Associated Press

— TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama loaded up on big men and defensive backs and also pulled off a signing day coup.

The result was Rivals.com's No. 1 recruiting class for the fourth consecutive year and sixth time in seven years on Wednesday.

Coach Nick Saban says the most accurate time to rate a class is a few years down the road. This one certainly looks impressive with seven five-star recruits and seven Parade All-Americans plus Florida State transfer quarterback Jake Coker.

Auburn linebacker Rashaan Evans gave the class a last-day boost by choosing the Tide over Auburn and UCLA.

Rivals rates defensive end Da'Shawn Hand as the top prospect nationally. Offensive tackle Cameron Robinson also is a top-five recruit.

They highlight a class with six players on both the offensive and defensive lines.