From beginning to end there has been confusion about just how many athletes Alabama would sign this…
Reading the recruiting tea leaves
As all dedicated recruiting fans know by now, Bama is allowed to bring in 19 new athletes on scholarship this fall. Yet the Tide coaches have so far taken commitments from 24 players. Some won't qualify, and will play next year at either a junior college or in prep school. And some have agreed (all but Drew Davis in confidence) to be so-called "grayshirts," if needed, delaying their entry into The University until January of 2005, at which point they would count against the Tide's '05 numbers. So how many more players will Bama's coaches take commitments from? Again, the issue is confusing, because on just before Signing Day several athletes may be allowed to commit that are actually certain "sign and place" kids. But our incredibly "waffling" answer is probably four or five, and if things work out right, maybe even six. Defensive Line Lorenzo Washington will announce on television on January 28. Without question, this is the main position where publicly at least, the Tide hasn...
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