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Meet the Alabama Crimson Tide Football Recruiting and Transfer Class of 2022

The services may disagree about which program is this year's recruiting champion, but no one can deny that Nick Saban hasn't put together yet another stellar signing class.

When we last saw the Alabama signing Class of 2022 in football, the Crimson Tide was vying for another recruiting championship under Nick Saban. 

In the Postseason SI99, revealed by SI All-American last week and ranking the top high school football seniors from across the nation, the Crimson Tide had the most players listed with 12:

8. Edge Jeremiah Alexander, Alabaster (Ala.) Thompson 

17. OT Elijah Pritchett, Columbus (Ga.) Carver

21. QB Ty Simpson, Martin (Tenn.) Westview

24. IOL Tyler Booker, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy

26. Edge Jihaad Campbell, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy

33. Edge Khurtiss Perry, Montgomery (Ala.) Park Crossing

38. RB Emmanuel Henderson, Hartford (Ala.) Geneva County

42. Nickel Kendrick Law, Shreveport (La.) Captain Shreve

46. CB Earl Little, Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage

72. WR Shazz Preston, St. James (La.) High School

74. LB Shawn Murphy, Manassas (Va.) Unity Reed

94. Slot Aaron Anderson, New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr

Regardless of where Alabama ends up in the various team rankings by recruiting services, that's already a really impressive group, and only half of the Crimson Tide's signees. 

“We were able to satisfy a lot of needs in this class," Nick Saban said back on December 15, the first day of the early signing period. "Speed on offense. We’re always excited to get a quality quarterback, and Ty Simpson is certainly someone that we recruited a long time, know a lot about, is made of the right stuff and certainly has a lot of talent and ability. 

"We’ve got a lot of speed at the skill positions on offense – running back and wide receiver. We’ve got a couple really good offensive line prospects, some good tight end prospects. A lot of solid players on defense. A couple guys up front, a couple linebackers, a couple rushers, some people in the secondary. Overall, I think we’re never totally satisfied with who we’re able to attract, but we’re very, very pleased with the guys that we were able to attract in this class to this point.” 

But Alabama did add to the class, in addition to landing the best running back (Jahmyr Gibbs), wide receiver (Jermaine Burton), and cornerback (Eli Ricks) in the transfer portal this offseason. 

Thompson linebacker Jeremiah Alexander (7) sheds a block by Central offensive lineman Richazaire Francisque (55) as he closes on a ball carrier during the 7A state championship game in Birmingham Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021.
Class of 2022 receiver Aaron Anderson.
Alabama wide receiver signee, Isaiah Bond
Tyler Booker cover story
2022 TE Elijah Brown
2022 Jihaad Campbell
Tre'Quon Fagans, 2022 DB Thompson High (AL)
Isaiah Hastings
Class of 2022 running back Emmanuel Henderson.
Antonio Kite
Westgate tight end Danny Lewis, Jr. catches a pass in the third quarter during the Class 4A State Championship game between Westgate and Warren Easton at the Caesar Superdome on Friday, December 10, 2021.
Class of 2022 cornerback Earl Little Jr.
Jamarion Miller
Shawn Murphy
2022 ATH Amari Niblack
Jaheim Oatis and Nick Saban
Pike Road's Khurtiss Perry sacks Pleasant Grove's Alex Young in the AHSAA Class 5A State Football Championship Game at Protective Stadium in Birmingham, Ala., on Thursday December 2, 2021.
2022 WR Kobe Prentice
Class of 2022 wide receiver Shazz Preston
Class of 2022 offensive lineman Elijah Pritchett.
Dayne Shor
Westview's Ty Simpson (6) takes a hit from Fairview's Jonathan Perkerson (32) during the first half at Fairview High School in Fairview, Tenn., Friday, Sept. 10, 2021.
Eli Ricks at LSU
Georgia Bulldogs wide receiver Jermaine Burton (7) moves the ball between Alabama Crimson Tide defenders Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, during the College Football Playoff National Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Jahmyr Gibbs
Alabama cornerback Eli Ricks

Note: This story will be updated as necessary on National Signing Day