Walter Nolen, 2022 five-star prospect out of Tennessee, has named his top ten schools, including Alabama among others. The 6'4" 300lb defensive tackle is the third overall ranked player for the 2022 class and the first ranked player in his home state of Tennessee, according to 247Sports Composite Ranking.

The Crimson Tide joins LSU, Clemson, Michigan, Florida, Oregon, Ohio State, Tennessee, Auburn, and USC as the top prospect's final school choices.

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Nolen, a stocky interior defender, has shown elite run stopping ability in his high school career, recording 92 total tackles his sophomore season in 2019. 247Sports' Barton Simmons evaluated Nolen, emphasizing his quick first step and block shedding ability. Simmons compared Nolen to current Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Ed Oliver who wreaked havoc on opposing offensive lines this season.

If Alabama can land the Tennessee product, he could provide good depth to a defensive line that could need replacing following the 2021 season. Nolen could come in a be an instant impact player if he can produce at the same level he did in high school.

Alabama currently holds the 23rd ranked recruiting class for 2022, with two four-star athletes and three commitments overall. With 2021 being the best recorded recruiting class in history, how will the following year stack up?

Will the Tide be able to keep the ball rolling and carry their record breaking 2021 recruiting class into the next season?

2021 Alabama Crimson Tide Recruiting Class Signees


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