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Comparing Alabama and Auburn's 2016 Recruiting Classes

Alabama and Auburn are bitter rivals not just on the field, but on the recruiting trail as well. Both schools are typically fighting for the same blue-chip prospects, and there is tremendous pressure on both coaching staffs to land more top talent than their in-state adversary. 

Usually, both programs sign outstanding classes. This year was no different, as Alabama landed the No. 1 class in the country for the sixth year in a row, while Auburn finished with the No. 9 haul. 

Each class could be described as loaded. How do they stack up against one another, by the numbers? Let's take a look. 

Full classes

Alabama

Auburn 

Class Rankings

247 Sports: Alabama No. 1, Auburn No. 9

Rivals.com: Alabama No. 1, Auburn No. 9 

Scout.com: Alabama No. 1, Auburn No. 12

ESPN: Alabama No. 2, Auburn No. 9

Star Breakdown

5-Stars: Alabama 3, Auburn 1

4-Stars: Alabama 14, Auburn 11

3-Stars: Alabama 7, Auburn 9

Top Recruit

Alabama: The Tide landed a pair of stud in-state linebackers, but Ben Davis edges out Mack Wilson for the title of top recruit in the class. He's the No. 10 player in the country and the No. 1 inside linebacker. 

Auburn: The Tigers dipped into Georgia to ink five-star defensive tackle Derrick Brown. Brown is the No. 4 defensive tackle in the class and the No. 9 overall player. 

In-State Recruits

Alabama: 6.

Auburn: 5.

What's 2017 Looking Like?

Alabama: Surprise surprise. The Crimson Tide already has nine commits, including one five-star and seven four-stars.According to 247Sports' Rankings, Alabama has the No. 1 class in 2017 right now. 

Auburn: The Tigers have just three players committed for 2017 thus far, but one of them is the No. 4 prospect in the nation: five-star offensive tackle Calvin Ashley out of Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips. Auburn is No. 19 right now, but expect them to climb as more recruits come in. .