Most of the elite high school football players in the country will converge on Nike’s headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., this week for the top recruiting camp in the country: The Opening.
Alabama will have seven commitments competing in the prestigious event plus more than 15 top targets. Alabama’s top uncommited targets include five 5-star prospects. Marvin Wilson and Dylan Moses are the top two players fans should be on the lookout for this weekend.
The competition will air Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on ESPNU, but if you don’t want to wait to find out how the Crimson Tide’s commits and major targets fared in the event, SEC Country will have live coverage all week from Oregon. Readers can expect lots of Alabama recruiting coverage from the camp.
Marvin Wilson, 5-star DT, Bellaire, Texas
Measurables: 6-foot-4, 329 pounds
High School: Episcopal
National Ranking: No. 1 defensive tackle, No. 1 prospect in the state of Texas
Skinny: Wilson is Alabama’s top target at defensive tackle, but the Crimson Tide have some work to do in order to land his services on National Signing Day. He was very close with former Crimson Tide defensive line coach Bo Davis before he resigned. Now, new Alabama DL coach Karl Dunbar needs to quickly form a relationship with Wilson in order for the Crimson Tide to have a chance. Alabama, LSU and Florida State are the top contenders here.
Dylan Moses, 5-star LB, Bradenton, Fla.
Measurables: 6-foot-2, 220 pounds
High School: IMG Academy
National Ranking: No. 1 outside linebacker, No. 1 recruit in the state of Florida
Skinny: At one point, Alabama led for Moses, who has held a scholarship offer from the Crimson Tide since his eighth grade year. Now, Texas is his leader, though most in the recruting industry, including myself, believe he will choose LSU this December. Moses is orginally from Baton Rouge, La., and he was once committed to the school. He’s extremely close with Les Miles, and if he remains the Tigers’ coach, Moses should be LSU bound. Alabama will host him on an official visit this October for the Kentucky game. That will be a very important trip for the Crimson Tide’s chances.
Baron Browning, 5-star LB, Kennedale, Texas
Measurables: 6-foot-3, 230 pounds
High School: Kennedale
National Ranking: No. 2 outside linebacker, No. 3 recruit in the state of Texas
Skinny: Browning has not visited Alabama in more than a year, so the Crimson Tide’s chances of landing him are slim. He is still a priority for the Alabama staff, but it remains to be seen if he’ll visit Tuscaloosa again. Texas, Ohio State and Michigan are the favorites.
Chase Young, 5-star DE, Hyattsville, Md.
Measurables: 6-foot-5, 225 pounds
High School: DeMatha Catholic
National Ranking: No. 3 defensive end, No. 1 recruit in the state of Maryland
Skinny: Young will visit Alabama on July 17 for the team’s summer camp. Alabama has a lot of work here if it wishes to add Young to the 2017 class. Maryland and Ohio State are the favorites.
Tyler Shelvin, 5-star DT, Lafayette, La.
Measurables: 6-foot-2, 329 pounds
High School: Notre Dame
National Ranking: No. 2 defensive tackle, No. 1 recruit in the state of Louisiana
Skinny: Shelvin certainly did not come across as a recruit who was 100 percent committed to his school of choice when I last talked to him in April. The 5-star DT has been committed to LSU since March 2015, but he has kept his options open. Alabama was certainly in the mix before Bo Davis resigned, but now Karl Dunbar has some work to do.
Jerry Jeudy, 4-star WR, Pompano Beach, Fla.
Measurables: 6-foot-1, 180 pounds
High School: Deerfield Beach
National Ranking: No. 7 wide receiver, No. 11 recruit in the state of Florida
Skinny: Jeudy is one of Alabama’s top wide receiver targets, and the Crimson Tide is thought to be the favorite to land him when he makes his decision. He’s very good friends with Calvin Ridley, and that should help Alabama’s chances.
Anthony McFarland, 4-star RB, Hyattsville, Md.
Measurables: 5-foot-8, 186 pounds
High School: DeMatha Catholic
National Ranking: No. 4 all-purpose running back, No. 2 recruit in the state of Maryland
Skinny: Alabama already has two running back commits, but it would take a third. McFarland would be the likely choice. He recently visited Tuscaloosa and named Maryland and Alabama as his co-leaders.
Trey Smith, 4-star OT, Jackson, Tenn.
Measurables: 6-foot-6, 299 pounds
High School: University of Jackson
National Ranking: No. 9 offensive tackle, No. 3 recruit in the state of Tennessee
Skinny: Smith grew up an Alabama fan, and he remains a big-time target for the Crimson Tide. Alabama already has two offensive tackle commits in the 2017 class in 5-star talent Alex Leatherwood and the nation’s No. 1 junior college lineman Elliot Baker. Even with Leatherwood and Baker on board, Smith would be welcomed.
LaBryan Ray, 4-star DE, Madison, Ala.
Measurables: 6-foot-5, 283 pounds
High School: James Clemens
National Ranking: No. 5 defensive end, No. 4 recruit in the state of Alabama
Skinny: Ray is one of Alabama’s top targets on the defensive line. He has visited Tuscaloosa several times, and it would be a big surprise if he ended up anywhere other than with the Crimson Tide when he makes a decision.
Jeff Thomas, 4-star WR, East St. Louis, Ill.
Measurables: 5-foot-10, 170 pounds
High School: East Saint Louis
National Ranking: No. 9 wide receiver, No. 2 recruit in the state of Illinois
Skinny: Thomas tried to commit to Alabama a few weeks ago, but his commitment was denied. He has some academic work he needs to get through before the Crimson Tide will call him a commit. If he gets his academics in line, it’s remains very possible Thomas will end up at Alabama.
Lamont Wade, 4-star CB, Clairton, Penn.
Measurables: 5-foot-9, 185 pounds
High School: Clairton
National Ranking: No. 7 cornerback, No. 2 recruit in the state of Pennsylvania
Skinny: Wade recently visited Alabama, but he is not the Crimson Tide’s top target at cornerback. That would be Shaun Wade, a 5-star Ohio State commit from Jacksonville, Fla., who was invited to The Opening but is instead going to Peach Jam, one of Nike’s premier basketball summer camps happening this week in North Augusta, S.C. Alabama is still going to aggressivly recruit Lamont Wade.
Nico Collins, 4-star WR, Pinson, Ala.
Measurables: 6-foot-5, 195 pounds
High School: Clay-Chalkville
National Ranking: No. 13 wide receiver, No. 1 recruit in the state of Alabama
Skinny: Collins may be the most talked about recruit for Alabama in 2017 because he’s an in-state recruit and it’s likely he doesn’t play for either in-state school. Sources have told SEC Country that Collins would like to leave the state of Alabama to play college football. Michigan and Georgia are the favorites right now, but Alabama is going to do what it can to keep Collins in-state. It may not matter though.
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.
Chris Kirschner covers Alabama football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Bryant-Denny.