Alabama, Auburn popular on National Signing Day
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Alabama and Auburn are near the top of Rivals and Scout recruiting lists. Photos: Associated Press/Anniston Star file
Alabama and Auburn are near the top of Rivals and Scout recruiting lists. Photos: Associated Press/Anniston Star file
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With National Signing Day halfway done, each half of the state has something to be happy about — all depending on who you read.

At lunchtime, Alabama held the No. 1 spot on Rivals, while Auburn was ranked third by Scout.

Inversely, Alabama was sixth on Scout, while Auburn was second on Rivals.

The split from the two services, which are considered the major players in the recruiting game, came in their evaluation of the players.

Among the players the schools currently have National Letters of Intent from, Rivals gave each two 5-star prospects. But for Alabama, Rivals gave it 15 4-stars, while Auburn has only 12.

At Scout, Auburn has three 5-stars to Alabama’s 2, and each have 13 4-stars.

Both teams had their share of hits and misses.

Auburn won the services of Cyrus Kouandjio, who is considered by many as one of the top offensive linemen in the country — which is particularly important to the Tigers considering they lost four starters off an offensive line that paved the way to a national title. They also landed Valley safety Enrique Florence.

Alabama won an on-again, off-again affair with Brent Calloway — who was an Alabama commitment, then an Auburn commitment, then back to Alabama — and took Jeoffrey Pagen from Georgia.

However, Alabama missed on Isaiah Crowell.

Locally, at Oxford, things went just as planned.

Allan Carson and Bobby McCain stayed true to their commitments both heading to the Volunteer State and signing with Tennessee and Memphis, respectively.

Carson, a 6-1, 325-pound defensive tackle, had been committed since early July, while McCain, a lockdown corner, had just recently made commitment his commitment to the Tigers.

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