How cold is it in your house right now?

If you live in Alabama, your air conditioner is probably running non-stop all summer, making it pretty cold in your house compared to the heat of the outside. However, if you're in Tuscaloosa, you probably should be preparing for a cold summer.

What does the "cold summer" mean for the Alabama Crimson Tide? Does it mean Alabama's gone cold on the recruiting trail and Kalen DeBoer can't recruit in the SEC?

Quite the opposite, actually, with the Crimson Tide currently sitting with the No. 3 overall recruiting class according to 247 Sports, behind Ohio State and Notre Dame. Alabama currently holds the No. 1 class in the SEC according to 247 Sports.

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What is the Cold Summer that Alabama's coaches, general manager, and recruits keep mentioning?

It's the 2024 recruiting tactic for the 2025 recruiting class. Alabama's coaching and recruiting staff consists of several people who previously coached at places that were in the cold. Kalen DeBoer, Nick Sheridan, JaMarcus Shephard, Courtney Morgan, and Jarrett McElwain all came from Washington. Colin Hitschler came from Wisconsin. Maurice Linguist came from Buffalo.

Courtney Morgan has been the driving factor for Alabama on the recruiting trail.

The biggest question about this Alabama staff was their ability to recruit, especially in the SEC against other high-level recruiters in Texas, Ole Miss, Georgia, etc.

Alabama is answering the call. The Crimson Tide has earned seven commitments in the month of June, and 15 of the Tide's 17 commitments in the 2024 class have come since Kalen DeBoer was named the head coach of the Crimson Tide.

The Crimson Tide aren't just recruiting in one area, however. Alabama has five commitments from its own state, four commitments from California, and three from Georgia. DeBoer has shown the ability to recruit 1) in state and 2) in major recruiting hotbeds like California and Georgia.

Alabama's class is not finished, either.

The Crimson Tide has a chance to go into the recruiting dead period with a lot of positive momentum thanks to the final big recruiting weekend in June.

According to On3 Sports, Alabama has 14 visitors during the weekend of June 21.

  • Justus Terry - Five-Star DL
  • Caleb Cunningham - Five-Star WR
  • Dijon Lee - Five-Star CB
  • Derek Meadows - Four-Star WR
  • Ty Jackson - Four-Star LB
  • Damien Shanklin - Four-Star EDGE
  • Jakaleb Faulk - Four-Star EDGE (Auburn Commit)
  • Micah Dubose - Four-Star OL
  • Girard Pringle - Four-Star RB (Miami Commit)
  • Josiah Sharma - Four-Star DL
  • Abduall Sanders - Four-Star LB (Alabama Commit)
  • Luke Metz - Four-Star LB (Alabama Commit)
  • CJ Jimcoily - Four-Star Safety
  • Corey Amos - Three-Star EDGE (Ole Miss Commit)

Additionally, Alabama hosted two top targets during the week. Five-star wide receiver Kaliq Lockett may move Alabama higher on his list following a strong official visit on Monday, June 17. Alabama also hosted four-star tight end Kaleb Edwards.

If Alabama can continue to momentum from this summer's recruiting cycle into the regular season, and it translates to wins, we may see a lot more cold summers in Tuscaloosa in the future.

Wyatt Fulton is the Brand Manager and DME for Tide 100.9, serving as an on-air host from 11:00 a.m. to noon CT every weekday and Sports Reporter covering Alabama Football and Alabama Men's Basketball. For more coverage, follow him at @FultonW_ on X, the social media app formerly known as Twitter. 

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