Alabama recruiting: Latest updates on the Crimson Tide’s 2018 class
Alabama’s Class of 2018 has eight commitments with four months remaining until recruits can sign a National Letter of Intent.
With those eight slots filled, the Crimson Tide are more than a third of the way finished with their class. Nick Saban said Alabama can only sign 22 players in the 2018 class because the Crimson Tide had three players on a delayed enrollment plan in the 2017 class (Jarez Parks is a grayshirt and both Hunter Brannon and Joseph Bulovas are blueshirts.)
Alabama will likely have more than half of its class filled by the time the season rolls around, which is where the Crimson Tide staff expected to be by the Florida State game in Atlanta.
Here’s a glance at where things stand for the 2018 class:
Where Alabama’s class ranks
Alabama’s 2018 class is ranked No. 41 nationally and No. 10 in the SEC, according to the 247Sports composite. Six of the Tide’s eight commits are 4-star recruits. Seven of them will play in either the Under Armour All-America Game, U.S. Army All-American Bowl or the Polynesian Bowl in January. The Tide also have the third highest average star rating in the 2018 class, as they are only behind Ohio State and Texas. This class will be elite come signing day, though it may fall short of the No. 1 class, which would be the first time in seven years.
Alabama received a commitment Thursday from 3-star athlete Slade Bolden. Bolden became a priority for Alabama after his performance at the team’s high school camp last month. Entering that camp, Bolden had Alabama, LSU and TCU in his top 3. He couldn’t commit to ‘Bama at the time, but before he left Tuscaloosa, his showcase was enough for the coaching staff to give him the green light.
In case you missed anything from this week, here are the latest headlines:
- What Slade Bolden’s commitment means for Alabama
- How surprising Dominick Wood-Anderson’s decision was, and where Alabama turns now
- Alabama football’s August to-do list on the recruiting trail
- Meet the 6-foot-4, 274-pound middle school phenom who already has an offer from Alabama
- Tuscaloosa WR trending elsewhere in the SEC?
- WR Xavier Williams, 4-star, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
- DE Stephon Wynn Jr., 4-star, Bradenton, Fla.
- CB Jalyn Armour-Davis, 4-star, Mobile, Ala.
- LB Quay Walker, 4-star, Cordele, Ga.
- OT Tommy Brown, 4-star, Santa Ana, Calif.
- Jack LB Jordan Davis, 4-star, Memphis, Tenn.
- ATH Slade Bolden, 3-star, West Monroe, La.
- P Skyler Delong, 3-star, Fort Mill, S.C.
5 top targets
5-star quarterback Tanner McKee, Corona, Calif.
Of the elite quarterbacks in the 2018 class, McKee makes the most sense for Alabama to sign because he’s effectively a 2020 recruit. After graduating from Centennial High School, McKee will do a two-year LDS mission. That means the young depth chart currently in Tuscaloosa won’t matter to him. McKee will take an official visit to Alabama in November for the LSU game.
5-star cornerback Tyson Campbell, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Campbell is Alabama’s top cornerback target, which is important because the Crimson Tide need several at the position this year after signing zero in the 2017 class. The nation’s No. 3 corner visited Tuscaloosa on July 24 where sources inside the program say Alabama hit a home run on that trip.
5-star Jack linebacker KJ Henry, Clemmons, N.C.
Henry recently released a top 5, and Alabama made the cut. His recruitment is shaping up to be an Alabama-Clemson race. Both schools feel confident where they stand with Henry.
4-star linebacker JJ Peterson, Moultrie, Ga.
Peterson has been Alabama’s top linebacker target, and it should be a matter of when and not if he’s going to commit to the Crimson Tide. His head coach at Colquitt County is Rush Propst, who is very close with Tide defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt.
4-star wide receiver Justyn Ross, Phenix City, Ala.
Ross is Alabama’s No. 1 wide receiver target. His recruitment should come down to the Crimson Tide, Auburn and Clemson. ‘Bama feels confident it will land the in-state prospect.
Here’s a breakdown of the number of commits by position and how many are projected to be signed:
- QB: 0/1
- RB: 0/1
- TE: 0/1
- WR: 1/3 (Williams)
- OL: 1/3 (Brown)
- DL: 1/4 (Wynn)
- LB: 2/4 (Davis, Walker)
- DB: 1/4 (Armour-Davis)
- P: 1/1 (Delong)
- ATH: 1/1 (Bolden)
Here’s a breakdown of Alabama’s commits by state:
- Florida: 2 (Williams, Wynn)
- Alabama: 1 (Armour-Davis)
- Georgia: 1 (Walker)
- California: 1 (Brown)
- Louisiana: 1 (Bolden)
- Tennessee: 1 (Davis)
- South Carolina: 1 (Delong)