Overall, Early Signing Day was a success for the Crimson Tide. Alabama added a five-star pass rusher in Eyabi Anoma and two big-time defensive linemen in Christian Barmore and Bobby Brown to the fold — the latter of which did not sign, but to have him on the commit list is nevertheless a win for UA at this stage in the 2018 recruiting cycle.
?The week also proved momentous for the Tide’s 2019 recruiting efforts, as the Tide added two four-star commitments in safety Brendan Gant and athlete Brandon Turnage.

Here, BamaOnLine takes a look at the Tide’s No. 2-ranked 2019 recruiting class.

Trey Sanders, RB, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy —

Rated the No. 1 running back and the No. 10 overall player

Sanders is Alabama’s longest-tenured commitment regardless of class. The five-star back committed to Alabama at A-Day in April of 2016, and while he’s continued showing interest in programs elsewhere, has remained firm in his pledge thus far. Sanders had a big junior season for the Ascenders going up against the nation’s top talent week in and week out. The Port St. Joe (Fla.) native rushed for 703 yards and 10 touchdowns on the year, averaging 9.3 yard per carry.

Pierce Quick, OT, Hewitt-Trussville (Ala.) —

Rated the No. 4 offensive tackle and the No. 42 overall player

This time last year Quick had two offers from Jacksonville State and UAB. They’ve since come flooding in with the Tide joining the fold last February. The four-star tackle didn’t wait long to join the class and has since been one of the lead recruiters for both the 2018 and ’19 efforts. Quick may take visits elsewhere this spring and potentially next fall, but Tide fans needn’t worry about where his pledge stands.

King Mwikuta, LB, Lagrange (Ga.) Troup County —

Rated the No. 5 outside linebacker and the No. 57 overall player

Mwikuta committed to the Tide earlier this month over schools like Florida State, Georgia, and Miami. The 6-foot-4, 232-pounder may be the Tide’s most physically impressive commitment when its all said and done. Look for Mwikuta to take on a class leader role.

Deyavie Hammond, OG, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy —

Rated the No. 4 guard and the No. 64 overall player

Hammond quietly committed to the Tide last spring and has yet to take a visit elsewhere to my knowledge. The 6-foot-4, 320-pounder transferred to IMG Academy from Lakeland and posted a strong junior season. The Tide’s 2019 offensive line haul could be an all-timer with the remaining targets on the board.

Brandon Turnage, ATH, Oxford (Miss.) Lafayette —

Rated the No. 9 athlete and the No. 99 overall player

Turnage committed on Friday night after impressing the staff last summer at camp. At 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, the Magnolia State native can play on either side of the ball, which gives the staff options. Don’t expect hometown Ole Miss, nor others, to give up on Turnage.

Brendan Gant, S, Lakeland (Fla.) Kathleen —

Rated the No. 8 safety and the No. 120 overall player

Gant joined the fold earlier this week after picking up an offer back in October. The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder told BOL he still plans to take visits elsewhere, but has no doubt about eventually ending up at Alabama. As impressive a group of offensive linemen that the Tide may end up signing, the defensive back class looks promising with Gant and Turnage aboard, as well as the additional targets the staff is pursuing.

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