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Alabama loads up on big men, DBs in class rated the nation's best

  • Rashaan Evans talks with the media after the Auburn High School football player announced that he will attend Alabama during a national signing day ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

    Rashaan Evans talks with the media after the Auburn High School football player announced that he will attend Alabama during a national signing day ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this file photo from Jan. 2, 2014, Alabama head coach Nick Saban, center, calls drills as his team warms up before the NCAA college football Sugar Bowl against Oklahoma in New Orleans. The Southeastern Conference is still reigning supreme on the recruiting trail. The Crimson Tide is poised to bring in another top-rated recruiting class on Wednesday's, Feb. 5, 2014, national signing day. Six SEC rivals also have built top 10 classes, according to the 247Sports composite rankings of the major recruiting sites. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza, File)

    FILE - In this file photo from Jan. 2, 2014, Alabama head coach Nick Saban, center, calls drills as his team warms up before the NCAA college football Sugar Bowl against Oklahoma in New Orleans. The Southeastern Conference is still reigning supreme on the recruiting trail. The Crimson Tide is poised to bring in another top-rated recruiting class on Wednesday's, Feb. 5, 2014, national signing day. Six SEC rivals also have built top 10 classes, according to the 247Sports composite rankings of the major recruiting sites. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Rashaan Evans gets a big hug from his little sister, Ashley Evans, after the Auburn High School football player announced that he will attend Alabama during a national signing day ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

    Rashaan Evans gets a big hug from his little sister, Ashley Evans, after the Auburn High School football player announced that he will attend Alabama during a national signing day ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)  (The Associated Press)

Alabama loaded up on big men and defensive backs and also pulled off a signing day coup.

The result was Rivals.com's No. 1 recruiting class for the fourth consecutive year and sixth time in seven years on Wednesday.

Coach Nick Saban says the most accurate time to rate a class is a few years down the road. This one certainly looks impressive with seven five-star recruits and seven Parade All-Americans plus Florida State transfer quarterback Jake Coker.

Auburn linebacker Rashaan Evans gave the class a last-day boost by choosing the Tide over Auburn and UCLA.

Rivals rates defensive end Da'Shawn Hand as the top prospect nationally. Offensive tackle Cameron Robinson also is a top-five recruit.

They highlight a class with six players on both the offensive and defensive lines.