Alabama could be losing a big one

It looks like one of Alabama's top commitments, receiver/safety Keenan Allen of Greensboro, N.C., won't be coming after all.

There are multiple reports out there that Allen will now choose between California, Clemson and Penn State. The snag with Alabama is his half-brother, Zach Maynard, who recently left Buffalo. They want to play together, and the Crimson Tide don't have room. Also, Alabama coach Nick Saban isn't big on package deals unless he thinks both players are great players.

Allen is the No. 5-rated athlete nationally by ESPN's Scouts Inc. and the No. 33 prospect overall.

One of the interesting things about Alabama losing Allen so late in the game is that Auburn is likely to pass the Crimson Tide in the final recruiting rankings, particularly if the Tigers get running back Marcus Lattimore on Tuesday night.

For Auburn to even be in a position to have a higher ranked class than Alabama speaks volumes about the job Gene Chizik and his staff have done.

But, then, when you get right down to it, does it really matter whether you're ranked No. 3, No. 6, No. 9 or No. 12 in recruiting rankings? As long as you're in the race, that's all that matters.

And the Tigers are serving notice that they're definitely in the race and determined to run up front.