Avery Johnson

Alabama's highly rated class highlighted by Sexton, Petty

Avery Johnson's first full recruiting class at Alabama is rated among the nation's best.

The second-year coach announced a five-player group Friday that's highlighted by five-star guards Collin Sexton and John Petty.

"Wherever we're ranked, it's the No.1 class in my mind," said Johnson, a former NBA player and head coach. "Wherever we're ranked nationally, that's great. But this is a huge day for us."

He's not far off in his personal rating since Scout and Rivals rate the class No. 2 nationally, which is the program's highest recruiting ranking. The early signing period ends Wednesday.

Rivals rated both Petty and Sexton among the nation's...