published Thursday, February 6th, 2014

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

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    Rashaan Evans gets a big hug from his little sister, Ashley Evans, after the Auburn High School football player announced during a signing day ceremony in Auburn, Ala., that he will go to Alabama.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — In the grand signing day tradition, Alabama coach Nick Saban said the recruiting class met his team's needs.

That might be an understatement in his case. The Crimson Tide loaded up with six big men on each side of the ball and four defensive backs and pulled off a signing day coup on Wednesday by landing five-star linebacker Rashaan Evans. The result was Rivals.com's No. 1 recruiting class for the fourth consecutive year and sixth time in seven years.

Saban will reserve his own class rankings until the players have proven themselves on the field.

"I really do think that the most accurate way to be able to rank any recruiting class would be three years down the road," he said.

This one certainly looks impressive with seven five-star recruits and seven Parade All-Americans plus Florida State transfer quarterback Jake Coker.

Alabama got the top-rated prospect in Alabama, Iowa, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Virginia, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

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

He said Brown and Humphrey fit the mold of Alabama's big, fast cornerbacks who have gone on to be first-round NFL draft picks.

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