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As the national signing date approaches in two weeks, 247Sports has announced its final rankings for the football Class of 2024.

Unfortunately, Alabama lost two of its signees during the changeover from Nick Saban to Kalen DeBoer. However, according to 247Sports, the Crimson Tide still ranks third in the class, with 23 players.

For many, reranking the prospects is insignificant but for two Crimson Tide signees its a sign of the hard work they put in during their final season of high school football.

Defensive backs Zabien Brown and Zay Mincey were both elevated from 4-star prospects into 5-star prospects, giving the Crimson Tide three total 5-star prospects in the class when including defensive back Jaylen Mbakwe.

The talent additions in the defensive backfield are important for Alabama as the Tide endured significant losses in the transfer portal and to the upcoming NFL Draft. Alabama saw starting cornerbacks Kool-Aid McKinstry and Terrion Arnold both enter the draft, while key contributors Caleb Downs and Trey Amos both left Tuscaloosa by way of the portal.

Malachi Moore becomes the Tide’s most experienced player in the secondary and Saban was highly complimentary of the Hewitt-Trussville Husky last season for his ability to communicate and get the back-end on the same page.

While many are concerned with the talent lost in the offseason cycle it’s clear the former staff did quite a job finding young talent that’s capable of contributing.

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In fact, on top of the three incoming 5-star freshman prospects the Tide pulled another former 5-star out of the transfer portal in Southern Cal cornerback Domani Jackson.

The Crimson Tide may be inexperienced as a whole on the back end but with the combination of the young talent and Moore’s veteran leadership the secondary could still be a strength for the 2024 Alabama football team.

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