TUSCALOOSA — Alabama may not be finished with its 2018 recruiting class.
Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban suggested Wednesday the team would like to add both a quarterback and another defensive lineman at some point during the offseason.
Alabama signed 20 total players Wednesday on National Signing Day, but Saban said that place-kicker Joseph Bulovas — a 2017 commitment who redshirted as a true freshman this season — “really counts in this class.”
“So we couldn’t really take a full class this year from a numbers standpoint,” Saban said.
The NCAA limit on class sizes is 25.
Bobby Brown, a four-star defensive tackle who was committed to the Tide since the early signing period. The Arlington, Texas, native flipped to Texas A&M early Wednesday morning.
The Tide did sign defensive tackle Christian Barmore and defensive end Stephon Wynn, one of the team’s four early enrollees.
“If we’d have had our druthers,” Saban said, “we’d have probably gotten one more guy at that position.”
Eyabi Anoma signed during the early signing period, too, and was called a defensive end throughout his recruiting process.
Wednesday, the Tide listed him as an outside linebacker, one of four in the class.
“Well, we are actually hoping to maybe get one more defensive lineman in this class,” Saban said. “I think some of the outside ’backer type guys we've recruited here in the past have become defensive linemen. The fact that we got some really good guys at outside ’backer that have some really good size and really good size potential may grow into something else in their career here. That's something that remains to be seen.”
Then there’s the quarterback situation.
Alabama did not take a scholarship quarterback for the first time in 13 years, a consequence of the program’s confounding situation that left prospects wary of how, or even if, they’d receive some immediate playing time.
“Look, when you have really good young players at a position, sometimes it’s hard to attract another guy at that particular position,” Saban said. “I think you all know our circumstance at quarterback right now with the players we have here, the grade they are in and how much more eligibility they have.”
Rising junior Jalen Hurts is 27-2 as a starting quarterback, while rising sophomore Tua Tagovailoa tossed three touchdowns in the second half of the College Football Playoff title game, leading the Crimson Tide to a national championship in relief of Hurts.
Mac Jones will return, too, as a redshirt freshman.
Saban said in December he ideally would like to have four scholarship quarterbacks on his roster.
The Tide targeted three quarterbacks late in the signing period, all of whom committed elsewhere, ending when four-star Montgomery dual-threat signal-caller James Foster signed with Texas A&M on Wednesday afternoon.
Pro-style passers Brevin White and Brock Purdy eliminated Alabama from contention in the days before National Signing Day, leaving the program without a signal-caller.
“Rather reach for somebody, we would rather try to solve the issue another way,” Saban said. “Maybe get a more experienced guy down the road, and certainly think that next year we might be in a position to get a really good player at that position who could be someone who could impact us in the future.”
Spain Park’s Braxton Barker, the son of the Tide’s 1992 national championship winning quarterback Jay Barker, did announce earlier this week he would attend Alabama as a preferred walk-on.