Alabama Football Recruiting: Top 10 running back signees of Nick Saban era

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Alabama has been an NFL factory ever since Nick Saban stepped on campus prior to the 2007 season. The success at producing top talent has come at most positions, but running back might be at or near the top.

It seems like the Crimson Tide are signing a top runner in each and every recruiting class. Why? Well, because they are. Almost every year, Alabama is inking a player who ranks in the top 5-6 at the position.

So who are some of those top signings during the Saban era? Below is a compiled list of the top 10 running backs to sign since 2007. There are several recent names, but the list goes back a little bit as well.

With all that being said, there are two things to keep in mind when reading this list.

The first is regarding Derrick Henry, who was listed as an athlete coming out of high school. Unfortunately, that means that the Heisman Trophy winner and star NFL running back didn’t qualify for this list. If he had qualified, he would’ve checked in at No. 4.

The second thing to keep in mind relates to 2022 commitment Emmanuel Henderson. Technically, he ranks No. 6 on the 247Sports composite list, but he isn’t a signee — at least not yet. Until he signs on the dotted line, he can’t qualify.

So without further ado, here is the list of the top 10 running back signees for Alabama during the Saban era:

Honorable mention: Altee Tenpenny, Tyren Jones, Roydell Williams, Kenyan Drake and Mark Ingram

Jase McClellan - 2020

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Four-star prospect from Aledo, TX. 247Sports grade: 0.9755 National: 47 Position: 6 State: 6 *Currently at Alabama

Dee Hart - 2011

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Four-star prospect from Orlando, FL. 247Sports grade: 0.9785 National: 37 Position: 2 State: 11 *Transferred to Colorado State

Alvin Kamara - 2013

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Four-star prospect from Norcross, GA. 247Sports grade: 0.9797 National: 42 Position: 1 State: 5 *Transferred to Tennessee

B.J. Emmons - 2016

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Four-star prospect from Morgantown, N.C. 247Sports grade: 0.9805 National: 35 Position: 2 State: 3 *Transferred to Florida Atlantic

Camar Wheaton - 2021

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Five-star prospect from Garland, TX. 247Sports grade: 0.9836 National: 33 Position: 2 State: 5 *About to enroll at Alabama

Damien Harris - 2015

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Damien Harris

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Five-star prospect from Berea, KY. 247Sports grade: 0.9866 National: 31 Position: 1 State: 1 *Third-round pick by New England Patriots in 2019

T.J. Yeldon - 2012

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Five-star prospect from Daphne, AL. 247Sports grade: 0.9876 National: 27 Position: 2 State: 2 *Second-round pick by Jacksonville Jaguars in 2015

Trey Sanders - 2019

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Five-star prospect from Bradenton, FL. 247Sports grade: 0.9963 National: 6 Position: 1 State: 2 *Currently at Alabama

Trent Richardson - 2009

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Trent Richardson

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Five-star prospect from Pensacola, FL. 247Sports grade: 0.9972 National: 6 Position: 2 State: 2 *First-round pick by Cleveland Browns in 2012

Najee Harris - 2017

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Five-star prospect from Antioch, CA. 247Sports grade: 0.9984 National: 2 Position: 1 State: 2 *First-round pick by Pittsburgh Steelers in 2021

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