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Alabama football coach Nick Saban has eight early enrollees for the Crimson Tide for the second straight year. National signing day, which will reveal the full crop of this year's recruiting class, is next Wednesday.

Alabama announced Wednesday afternoon that eight football commitments for the 2016 signing class have already started classes and will be eligible to participate in spring practice.

The Crimson Tide had eight early enrollees last January as well.

Among this year's newcomers are offensive tackles Charles Baldwin and Jonah Williams. The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Baldwin played this past season at ASA College in Brooklyn, N.Y., and he is rated the No. 1 junior-college tackle by 247Sports.com. Williams, a 6-5, 296-pounder from Folsom, Calif., is the nation's No. 2 high-school tackle prospect.

Another early enrollee is Jalen Hurts, a 6-2, 208-pound dual-threat quarterback from Channelview, Texas. Hurts participated in the Crimson Tide's on-campus practices in their recent preparation for the four-team playoff.

The other early enrollees at Alabama are linebacker Christian Bell of Hoover, Ala., tight end Miller Forristall of Cartersville, Ga., defensive back Shawn Jennings of Dadeville, Ala., offensive lineman Chris Owens of Arlington, Texas, and receiver T.J. Simmons of Pinson, Ala.

Contact David Paschall at dpaschall@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6524.

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