Alabama Crimson Tide Recruiting Best Offensive Line Class of All Time

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Alabama Crimson Tide has famously trotted out dominating offensive lines on Saturday during Nick Saban’s tenure in T-town and that won’t be ending anytime soon. In fact, the dominance in the trenches is getting stronger as the Crimson Tide is putting the final pieces together to assemble the best offensive line class of all time.

The Tide currently has four offensive linemen committed after they successfully flipped Ross Pierschbacher (Cedar Falls, Iowa. Cedar Falls) from Iowa on Sunday. He is the No. 1 ranked guard according to ESPN and the No. 5 tackle, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

In addition to Pierschbacher, Alabama, have the top center recruit, JC Hassenauer (St. Paul, Minn. East Ridge), No. 1 JUCO offensive tackle Dominick Jackson (San Mateo C.C.) and No. 8 guard Viane Talamaivao (Corona, Calif. Centennial) committed.

The commitment from Talamaivao has fans in T-Town optimistic they can reel in his good friend and No. 1 guard Damien Mama (Bellflower, Calif. St. John Bosco) who has Alabama in his top eight and where he will take an official visit for the LSU game Nov. 8. Mama is 6-foot-4, 370 pounds and strong enough to move a mountain.

Only two spots remain open on the line and they hope one will be filled by Mama and the other to be filled by the No. 1 player according to 247Sports, offensive tackle Cameron Robinson (West Monroe, La. West Monroe). Robinson is a virtual toss-up between LSU and Alabama and likely will one that goes back-and-forth throughout the winter.

Robinson is a once in a generation type of talent and immediately would fill the spot at left tackle vacated by Cyrus Kouandijo, who is almost certainly declaring for the NFL draft after this season. He has the prototypical size at 6-foot-6 and 330 pounds with nimble feet to excel in pass protection and the power to drive back ends in the run game.

Without Robinson and Mama this unit will still be the best ensemble of talent in all likelihood, but the addition of both would be the class that all future offensive line classes are judged upon.

Alabama lost three All-Americans off its National Champion team last year, but they never have to rebuild in Tuscaloosa — they simply reload — and Alabama is reloading to continue their dominance in the trenches for the foreseeable future.

Patrick’s a college football writer for Rant Sports and radio host on Sportstownchicago.com. Follow him on Twitter @PatrickASchmidt and add him to your Google network.

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  • Joe Burgett

    The one thing Alabama has been good with even going back to the Shula era, is recruitment. People just love playing there. Now that Saban is probably the best coach in college football, you’re almost guaranteed one or more titles when there,and you’re going to look good to NFL scouts. It’s hard to not flip if you’re given the chance to go down to Tuscaloosa.

    It’s funny, but unlike some places that are paying top recruits to come in or doing something major in order for them to come. Alabama simply wins a lot and the recruits want to come there. This isn’t an SMU incident or random occurrence.

    Alabama is a known title town for college football. You play there, you’re also look good to the NFL. Why not play for probably the best coach since Bear Bryant? Who incidentally, also coached at Alabama.

    • http://www.rantsports.com/blog/author/patrickschmidt/feed/ Patrick Schmidt

      The chance to play in the SEC for Nick Saban and compete for national titles annually is reason enough to consider Alabama, but when you look at how they develop offensive linemen like Warmack, Fluker, Jones, Kouandijo, Steen and it’s easy to see why they are always near the top of the recruiting ranks.

      • Joe Burgett

        For O-Lineman, yes. It is quite the hub. But it is for Running Backs too. And now, it seems for Wide-Outs and anyone who plays defense. So it seems like, no matter the position, playing for Alabama is the ideal thing to do

        • http://www.rantsports.com/blog/author/patrickschmidt/feed/ Patrick Schmidt

          you’re right about everything you just said. As a matter of fact I have a column coming out tomorrow morning on the influx of wide receivers to Alabama and how it will impact Robert Foster.