We've touched on this briefly in the past, but now that we are into the swing of the football season and the final team rosters are in place for 2010, it's time to start really keeping an eye on Alabama and LSU for the upcoming recruiting season.
Both Alabama and LSU face the same problem with the 2011 recruiting class, which is they have very, very small senior classes currently on the roster. This is the net result of oversigning; basically the guys you see here are the ones who made it through 4 years or more of rosters cuts, being pushed into medical hardships or nudged towards transferring to a lesser school, and as you can tell the list is very short.
Typically, players with SQ next to their names are consider squad team players (walk-ons, non-letter men, and typically not on scholarship).
Alabama has a total of 14 seniors, with 8 non-SQ players; LSU has 15 total seniors, with 11 non-SQ players.
So in doing a little bit of math it appears that Alabama has 8 scholarship seniors and LSU has 11.
In looking at the latest Rivals recruiting lists for verbal commitments for Alabama and LSU, we see that Alabama is currently ranked #2 with 18 verbal commitments and LSU is ranked #3 with 17 verbal commitments.
Those that follow recruiting know that there is now way either of these schools are finished with their recruiting classes - not by a long shot. We know that LSU and Alabama will both have a few Juniors leave for the NFL early, but the gap between what they will have room for and what they are projected to sign is pretty damn big.
Should be interesting to watch Saban and Miles cut the dead weight this coming year and keep the football factories running.