A few commenters here were bold enough to predict that this year’s finish in the recruiting rankings indicated something big: that Alabama’s obscene run was over for good, Kirby being the new sheriff in town and all that.
Not so fast, my friend. Nick is still Nick, it appears.
With Eboigbe’s commitment, Alabama separates even further from second place Oklahoma in the 2019 recruiting race. After struggling in 2018 to get as many interior lineman as Saban wanted, he’s come back with 4 commits in Eboigbe, Antonio Alfano, Rashad Cheney, and DJ Dale.
Alabama’s 2019 class sits at number on in ESPN’s recruiting ratings and in 247 Sports’, as well. This is not to say Georgia isn’t doing well — the Dawgs sit at fourth in the former and sixth in the latter (with the highest average) — but the idea that Kirby would ruin Saban on the recruiting trail sure seems like wishful thinking at the moment.
Especially when you see something like this…
Saban is also making a statement in the state of Georgia after Kirby Smart was seen to have put a fence around the state last year. Eboigbe is the 4th Georgia player to commit to Alabama, and the 3rd in the top 15 in the state.
… and wonder if Smart’s success in 2018 may have charged up his mentor.
Saban is just a different beast and it might be wise to keep that in mind.