A look at the Class of 2020 before the 2019 regular season begins
Before Alabama kicks off its 2019 campaign on Saturday against Duke, fans should familiarize themselves with the Crimson Tide's recruiting class of 2020.
They are only prep standouts now, but soon enough many of these prospects will be playing under the bright lights of Bryant-Denny Stadium and filling up the stat sheets.
The Class of 2020 currently sits second-best in the country behind Clemson and first in the SEC according to the 247Sports composite rankings. It includes two consensus 5-star recruits, defensive end Chris Braswell and athlete Drew Sanders, headline the group.
The group rounds out with 14 4-stars and five 3-stars.
Alabama has made it clear that, for the 2020 class, the defensive line is of upmost importance. The Crimson Tide has five commits there, one 5-star and four 4-stars, which is the most of any other position group.
In addition to Braswell, Jayson Jones, Will Anderson, Timothy Smith, and Jah-Marien Latham make up a squad that could wreak havoc on opposing offenses in the very near future.
At the end of 2019, current Crimson Tide wide receivers Jerry Jeudy, Henry Riggs III, and DeVonta Smith could all head to the NFL. Nick Saban and his staff are gearing up for that receiver exodus with the additions of 4-stars Thaiu Jones-Bell, Javon Baker, and Traeshon Holden.
One position group that is lacking the recruiting star power so far is at offensive line. As of now, only three 3-star offensive lineman have committed for 2020. Damieon George, Seth McLaughlin, and Xavier Hill make up for the big boys up front.
In other words, they're considered to be more of a project, but play positions where few players can step in and help immediately.
Running backs Roydell Williams and Kyle Edwards are the two commits that make up the backfield. The 4-star Williams is the number one running back in the state of Alabama.
Let's take a look at the highest rated Crimson Tide commit for each position:
DE Chris Braswell (St. Frances Academy - Baltimore, MD)
The Crimson Tide's top commit is listed as a weak-side defensive end who checks in at 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds. He has the ability to play outside linebacker as well. His speed off of the snap is next level and he possess a plethora of skill moves to rush opposing quarterbacks. He has the potential to make an impact on the field as soon as he arrives on campus next year. Braswell currently sits as the 16th best player in the country on 247sports.
LB Quandarrius Robinson (Jackson-Olin - Birmingham, AL)
For the first time in two years, Alabama has landed the state's top prospect. Robinson's quickness, length, and size makes him a nightmare for the offensive lineman who line up across from him. A once Auburn commit, Robinson has the capability of being the next great Alabama linebacker. The Birmingham native is set to playing in the All-American Bowl in January.
DB Brian Branch (Sandy Creek - Tyrone, GA)
Branch is a ball-hawking safety who has drawn comparisons to former UA safety Eddie Jackson. He can play receiver at a high level as well, but the defensive backfield is where he will make his money one day. Branch can even affect the game as a kick returner. The Crimson Tide will have to fend off SEC foe, Georgia, to keep his commitment solid.
OL Damieon George (North Shore - Houston, TX)
George is a freak physical specimen who is listed at 6-foot-6 and 350 pounds. He plays at right tackle and with his long arms and quick feet, that will bode well for protecting, whoever the quarterback is for the Crimson Tide when he gets his shot.
RB Roydell Williams (Hueytown - Hueytown, AL)
Williams' deceptive speed and physicality as a hard-nosed back has likened him to Oakland Raiders running back Josh Jacobs. He will either run through you or run past you. He is an all purpose back, who can run, catch, and block at a high level. During his junior year he broke many school records and at the start of the 2019 season he appears to be the frontrunner for Mr. Alabama.
WR Thaiu Jones-Bell (Miami Carrol City- Hallandale, FL)
Alabama has found another highly touted receiver from South Florida in Jones-Bell. He is only listed as 5-foot-11 and 187 pounds, but his route running abilities and deep ball threat make him incredibly difficult to cover. Jones-Bell should have his opportunity to see the field sooner rather than later when he arrives in Tuscaloosa due to the lack of depth at the receiver position in 2020.
ATH Drew Sanders (Ryan - Denton, TX)
It remains to be seen where Sanders will fit on the roster for the Crimson Tide. He can do it all on both sides of the ball. He primarily plays linebacker and wide receiver, but he also has experience at quarterback and tight end. He boasts a 6-foot-5 and 235 pound frame. Over the summer, Sanders earned a coveted fifth star and 247sports has him listed as the 13th best player in the country.