In the quintessential southern anthem “Sweet Home Alabama,” Ronnie Van Zant tells us that “Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers, and they’ve been known to pick a song or two.” Those lyrics are as well-known and beloved in the state of Alabama as Bear Bryant and sweet tea.
If Ronnie was speaking in football terms, he would say “Tuscaloosa’s got Nick Saban, and he’s been known to recruit a player or two.”
The Alabama Crimson Tide are holding strong on the recruiting front and Saban is reeling in top players left and right. The month of April has already seen two players join the fold. Richie Petitbon, an offensive lineman from Washington, D.C. and Montrell Custis, a versatile athlete from Hampton, Ga. committed to the Tide, propelling Alabama to the top spot of the recruiting rankings according to Rivals.com and in second place according to 247sports.com.
With the spring game approaching on April 19, the Tide could very well add more to their already 10-man 2015 class. The spring game in Tuscaloosa is no joke. Most SEC schools are at half-capacity or less for these games and the game is more like pitch-and-catch with starters hamming it up on the sidelines.
Last season, over 78,000 were in attendance in Bryant-Denny Stadium. This figure was eclipsed only by Auburn with over 83,000. Doing the math, three percent of the entire population of the state of Alabama attended these two spring games. This rivalry will ensure that Alabama will always make the spring game a huge priority and recruits will definitely take notice.
With the recent news of five-star cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick announcing Alabama as his leader, Tide fans have to be thrilled that he will be in attendance on Saturday. Fitzpatrick loves Saban’s track record with defensive backs and pointed out that although he is from New Jersey, his father’s family is from Alabama and many of them remain there.
Couple that with Fitzpatrick admitting a “slight chance” of commitment on Saturday, the recipe for great news is there. If Alabama’s spring game lives up to the last few, look for Fitzpatrick to pull the trigger and solidify Alabama’s no. 1 spot across the board.
Big wheels truly keep on turnin’ in Tuscaloosa.