NEW ORLEANS — Dare Rosenthal doesn’t talk much, but his brief comments to SEC Country said a whole lot.
Rosenthal, a four-star offensive tackle from Ferriday (La.) High School, isn’t 100 percent committed to Alabama.
The 6-foot-7, 290-pounder received an offer from Alabama last May and committed on the spot. He doesn’t regret that decision, but admitted that he doesn’t have the same love for the Crimson Tide as he once did.
“It’s solid, but it’s not like it was at first,” Rosenthal said of his commitment. “I have more offers now and I’m starting to get better feelings about other schools.”
Some of those other schools that the 2018 elite recruit has “better feelings” toward include Baylor and LSU. The Louisiana native mentioned that the Tigers appeal to him because of their close proximity to his family.
“It’s close to home, so I would have more support if I went there,” Rosenthal said.
Another thing that could work against the Crimson Tide is that Alabama wants Rosenthal to play on the offensive line, but he would like to play defense. At Nike’s “The Opening” regional in New Orleans, Rosenthal practiced with the defensive linemen instead of the offensive linemen.
Rosenthal said his commitment is “70 to 75 percent” solid right now. He plans on making a visit back to Tuscaloosa this summer.
He is rated as the nation’s No. 10 offensive tackle and the No. 3 prospect in the state of Louisiana in the Class of 2018.
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.