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How they’re built: Alabama, Georgia’s top-notch talent on display in CFP title game rematch

How they're built: Alabama, Georgia's top-notch talent on display in CFP title game rematch

For the second time this season, Alabama and Georgia will find themselves with a championship on the line. More importantly: For the second time in the college football playoff era, Alabama and Georgia will meet the national championship in Game.

Alabama’s No.1 (13-1) and Georgia’s No.3 (13-1) will put it all on the line on Monday after meeting in the 2021 SEC Championship game. The Crimson Tide won the first round 41-24 to win the conference title, and Georgia would be happy to return the favor with a bigger prize up for grabs. This is also the second time these teams have met at this stadium, with Alabama scoring a 26-23 overtime victory in the 2018 CFP Championship game.

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Say whatever you want about parity – a long-standing issue that seems to get worse with each passing year – but there’s no doubt the playoff committee is right this season by including the Crimson Tide and the Bulldogs, the superpowers of the SEC who demonstrated their dominance with a 27-6 victory over Cincinnati and 34-11 over Michigan in the semifinals, respectively.

How did Alabama and Georgia get back to this point? Well, training certainly has a lot to do with it, as Nick Saban is without a doubt the greatest college football coach of all time. Kirby Smart – an 11-year Saban assistant at LSU, Georgia and Alabama – structured his program in much the same way Saban did with the Crimson Tide.

Equally important: the players that each team has on their respective rosters.

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It’s easy to point out players like Bryce Young and Will Anderson Jr. of Alabama and Nakobe Dean and Nolan Smith of Georgia – all former five-star players who represented the best rookies in their classes. But these are just the crown jewels of Saban and Smart’s recruiting prowess.

Both teams’ rosters are chock-full of four- and five-star talent – not that the teams grab those ratings. Georgia defensive lineman Jordan Davis, for example, ranked as a three-star prospect and the Player n ° 424 in the general classification in the 2018 class. John Metchie III – released for the rematch with a ripped ACL – was a 1,000-yard wide receiver in 2021 after being buried behind receivers such as Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs III, Jaylen Waddle and DeVonta Smith. He was the Player # 275 in the class of 2018.

So here is your answer: Having the best talent available – and developing behind some of the best coaches in the country – is another all-SEC championship meeting. With that, here’s how Alabama and Georgia each built their rosters over the years, including recruiting rankings, number of players ranked four and five stars on the roster, All-Americans, and winners:

Alabama, Georgia recruiting ranking

Alabama and Georgia built their rosters on some of the best talent available in the high school ranks, consistently ranking among the nation’s top recruiting teams (according to 247Sports Composite). Indeed, the two teams have often fought for the top national ranking over the past five recruiting rounds, with no team escaping the top five.

Ranking 2017 ranking 2018 Ranking 2019 Ranking 2020 Ranking 2021
Alabama 1st 5th 1st 2nd 1st
Georgia 3rd 1st 2nd 1st 4th

Georgia has 18 five-star players on their roster and Alabama has 14 dating back to the class of 2017. Alabama has 60 four-star prospects and Georgia has 42. Below are the number of players, for example. year, still on the respective team lists. :

Alabama

5 stars 4 stars
2017 1 6
2018 0 6
2019 2 17
2020 4 15
2021 seven 16

Georgia

5 stars 4 stars
2017 0 2
2018 4 seven
2019 5 8
2020 5 14
2021 4 11

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Alabama 2021 All-Americans

  • Quarterback Bryce Young (consensus)
  • Offensive tackle Evan Neal (consensus)
  • Linebacker Will Anderson Jr. (unanimously)
  • Wide receiver Jameson Williams (Associated press)

Georgia 2021 All-Americans

  • Jordan Davis defensive line (unanimously)
  • Linebacker Nakobe Dean (unanimously)
  • Defensive back Lewis Cine (Sporting News)

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2021 Alabama Award Winners

  • Bryce Young (Davey O’Brien, AP Player of the Year, Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, Sporting News Player of the Year)
  • Will Anderson Jr. (Bronko Nagurski Trophy

Georgia Prize Winners 2021

  • Nakobe Dean (Butkus Prize)
  • Jordan Davis (Chuck Bednarik Prize, Outland Trophy)

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