For the University of Alabama football team, everything keeps coming up No. 1.
The Crimson Tide won the past two national championships. This year, the team is ranked No. 1 in the country. And, so far in recruiting, Alabama has put together what is widely regarded as the No. 1 class.
Rivals.com, scout.com and 247sports.com are national scouting services that all rank Alabama's recruiting class No. 1 in the country. High school seniors can't sign a binding letter of intent with a college until February, and there is still plenty of recruiting to be done. But Alabama already has verbal commitments from 21 players.
The top player in the class so far is 6-foot-6, 320-pound offensive lineman Cameron Robinson of West Monroe, La. He is rated a five-star recruit by scouting services. But Alabama also has commitments from 14 four-star recruits. One of those is 6-5, 235-pound quarterback David Cornwell, who plays at Norman North High in Norman, Okla.
Alabama recruits some in Western Pennsylvania these days. Last year, the Crimson Tide landed Central Valley star receiver Robert Foster, who has not played in a game yet this season and likely will be redshirted. Alabama is recruiting current Aliquippa defensive back Dravon Henry.
A few other colleges that have topnotch recruiting classes so far are Ohio State, Georgia and Tennessee. Both scout.com and rivals.com have Tennessee's class No. 2 in the country while 247sports.com puts Ohio State No. 2.
One thing about Montae Nicholson. He is certainly getting around with his recruiting.
Nicholson is a star receiver-defensive back at Gateway who has many scholarship offers. He is using recruiting to take trips to different parts of the country. He already had visited Pitt and Michigan State. Last weekend, he made an official trip to Florida State. Later this month, Nicholson has a visit scheduled to Oregon.
Kansas recruit dies
A sad story from Overland Park, Kan., where a standout receiver died last Friday, one day after suffering a stroke during a game.
Andre Maloney, a University of Kansas recruit, had just scored on a 65-yard reception. He was untouched on the play and celebrated in the end zone, according to the Kansas City Star newspaper. But Maloney came to the sideline and collapsed.
Maloney had a blood clot on his brain, and doctors were unsuccessful in surgery to remove the clot. He died that night.
Sills will reconsider
Quarterback David Sills accepted a scholarship from Southern California when he was in seventh grade. Coach Lane Kiffin made the scholarship offer.
Sills is now a junior playing at Eastern Christian Academy in Maryland. Eastern Christian beat Imhotep Charter last Saturday, 36-28. Imhotep is the Post-Gazette's No. 2 Class AA team in the state. Sills, originally from Delaware, said that he will look at his college future again after the season now that USC has fired Kiffin.
Mike White: firstname.lastname@example.org First Published October 10, 2013 8:00 PM