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Could Alabama football add another corner to 2023 recruiting class? What Nick Saban said

Alabama football added four defensive backs on early signing day, but the way Nick Saban talked in his Wednesday news conference, the Crimson Tide is still on the lookout for another cornerback.

He was asked Wednesday, after Alabama signed 27 players total, whether the class had met needs at defensive back.

"I think so," Saban said. "There's four DBs there. A couple of guys I think we'll try at corner. I think all the guys are capable of playing safety or Star. I think corner is one of the most difficult positions to find, and that's still something that we're going to continue to look for."

That could be this week, or down the road. Wednesday wasn't national signing day. It was just the first day players could sign in the early signing period that lasts until Friday. So if Alabama were to add another cornerback to the class, it could be on the next signing day on Feb. 1. Or, there could be in the next 48 hours.

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Five-star cornerback Desmond Ricks is set to announce his decision Thursday. He's ranked No. 2 at the position overall, per the 247Sports Composite. He is also the No. 23 prospect overall in the 2023 class.

Ricks is a 6-foot-1 cornerback who played for IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. But as of Wednesday night, 247Sports has two LSU predictions for Ricks. He also has shown interest in Florida. Ricks visited Alabama on Dec. 9 and LSU on Dec. 16.

There's also Tyler Scott, a three-star cornerback from Mableton, Georgia, whom the 247Sports Composite ranks as the No. 43 corner and was uncommitted as of Saban's press conference at 4:30 p.m. 247Sports has three predictions for him to commit to Auburn, but he visited Alabama on Dec. 2 and Texas on Dec. 16. Scott most recently visited Auburn on Oct. 29, before coach Bryan Harsin was fired.

There could also be another surprise candidate at corner for Alabama to sign, too.

Even if it doesn't add another cornerback, Alabama already inked a strong class in the secondary with five-star safety Caleb Downs leading the way. The Crimson Tide signed four-star cornerback Jahlil Hurley, four-star safety Tony Mitchell and four-star athlete Brayson Hubbard, who was a successful high school quarterback expected to play defensive back at UA.

Overall, Alabama has the No. 1 class, per the 247Sports Composite as of Wednesday evening.

This article originally appeared on The Tuscaloosa News: Could Alabama football still add another CB to 2023 recruiting class?