The class of 2015 in Alabama is good, but the 2016 class looks even stronger on paper.
Three Alabama natives landed in the Top 30 of 247Sports’ updated class of 2016 rankings. By comparison, only one Alabama class of 2015 recruit (Daron Payne) is in 247Sports’ Top 30.
Carver-Montgomery linebacker Lyndell “Mack” Wilson is the top-rated Alabama recruit at No. 22 in the country. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound four-star prospect already has scholarship offers from Alabama, Auburn and Georgia, among others. He is an explosive linebacker who recently impressed during Rivals’ five-star challenge. Wilson was ranked as the nation’s No. 7 player in Scout.com’s recent 2016 rankings.
Only four spots behind Wilson is Gordo linebacker Ben Davis at No. 26. Davis, the son of Alabama’s all-time leading tackler Wayne Davis, has early offers from Alabama and Louisville. Central-Phenix City defensive back John Broussard completes the top 30 trio at No. 29. Broussard saw his recruitment blow up in the spring.
Eight Alabama recruits made 247Sports’ Top 247, seven of them landing in the Top 100. Hoover linebacker Jeremiah Moon is the third highest-rated linebacker in the state, but still cracked the Top 50 at No. 46. 2016 is undoubtedly the year of the linebacker in Alabama.
Hamilton running back Denzel Mitchell, who arrived back in Alabama after a two-year stint in Arkansas, is the state’s top-rated running back. 247Sports rated Mitchell, who has numerous SEC offers already, No. 70 in the country.
Other Alabama recruits to make the list: Greenville defensive end Marlon Davidson (No. 68), St. Paul’s Episcopal offensive lineman Darius Whitfield (No. 86) and Leeds athlete TaDarryl Marshall (No. 179).
One notable omission is Madison Academy running back Malik Miller, who has scholarship offers from Alabama and Auburn. 247Sports rates Miller as a four-star prospect, but didn’t include him in the Top 247.
Check out 247Sports full class of 2016 rankings here.