There's an old saying when it comes to college recruiting: "It's like shaving. You do it every day and if you don't, you look like a bum."

Neither Nick Saban or Nate Oats are bums when it comes to recruiting. Both consistently reel in Top Five classes. Oats currently has the No. 7 class with just two 2024 signees and he plans to add to that.

One person Oats hoped to have join that group was Kentucky point guard Travis Perry. Perry grew up cheering for his home state Wildcats, but rumor had it John Calipari would not offer Perry so he visited Alabama for LSU football weekend.

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At some point over the weekend, Perry got that coveted offer and he verbally committed Sunday out of the blue -- pun intended -- to UK.

You win some, you lose some, but Oats made it clear late last week he plans to try and add to the excellent but small class he has now of Aiden Sherrill and Naaz Cunningham.

Saban also never stops recruiting His '24 class is nearly done, but he's already working hard on the 2025 group and gained a big addition to that class Sunday with the verbal pledge of Zion Grady, the pride of Charles Henderson High in Troy, AL. Grady is an edge rusher considered the best in the '25 class at that spot and No. 4 overall in the nation. He can get to the quarterback with the best of them, and he could give future Tide teams the type help Alabama is getting now from the likes of Chris Braswell and Dallas Turner.

Grady chose the Crimson Tide over Georgia, Florida State and Auburn.

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