Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Roll Tide-ings, a rundown of everything happening in Alabama Crimson Tide recruiting with Chris Kirschner. Today, we talk the latest with the 5 prospects in the Class of 2018 Alabama would be thankful to sign.
Alabama’s top targets in the 2018 class
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I’m not going to waste your time with a long intro, so let’s get right to it. Here are the 5 prospects Alabama would be thankful to sign come National Signing Day.
Tyson Campbell, 5-star CB, American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)
Tyson Campbell, the No. 3 cornerback in the 2018 class per the 247Sports composite, has been Alabama’s top cornerback target pretty much since the start of the year. Campbell’s recruitment is shaping up to be an Alabama/Georgia/Miami race.
I feel like Alabama has definitely lost some of the steam it had with Campbell from the summer. Maybe the Tide can regain some of that momentum when they host him on an official visit, which hasn’t been scheduled yet.
Campbell won’t make his decision until National Signing Day in February.
Saivion Smith, 4-star CB, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (Perkinston, Miss.)
Saivion Smith was offered by Alabama in the fall after he transferred from LSU to Mississippi Gulf Coast. Smith has emerged as one of the team’s top cornerback targets after a dominant season in junior college.
The Tide’s secondary is going to be depleted next season with starting corners Anthony Averett and Levi Wallace moving on, along with nickel corner Tony Brown and safety Hootie Jones. Alabama will also likely have to replace Ronnie Harrison and Minkah Fitzpatrick — two players likely leaving school early to declare for the NFL draft.
Smith is a guy Alabama could plug right into one of the starting spots in the secondary next season.
Emory Jones, 4-star QB, Heard County (Franklin, Ga.)
Emory Jones is the team’s top quarterback target in this class. I know some fans have asked me why it’s a big deal for Alabama to sign another quarterback when the team already has Tua Tagovailoa and Mac Jones to back up Jalen Hurts.
Any time you can sign an Under Armour All-American quarterback, you do it. The Tide always like to have at least one quarterback in every class because you just never know what’s going to happen with the position. We saw what happened when Hurts became the starter last year. Three quarterbacks transferred from Alabama.
Jones is currently committed to Ohio State, but Alabama feels confident that it can end up flipping him.
JJ Peterson, 4-star LB, Colquitt County (Moultrie, Ga.)
JJ Peterson is Alabama’s top linebacker target. It would be a shocker if he committed to anyone other than the Tide.
“I think Alabama is the strong leader right now,” Colquitt County coach Rush Propst told SEC Country. “If JJ wants to be a great college player and a player who wants to be on the level after that, I think Alabama is the place he probably needs to go. Jeremy Pruitt has done an outstanding job [recruiting him]. And I’ll say this about Coach [Nick] Saban, I’ve watched him talk to JJ Peterson a bunch, and he has done a great job recruiting him. Right now, Nick Saban is the head coach that has talked to JJ Peterson the most.”
Bobby Brown, 4-star DT, Lamar (Arlington, Texas)
Bobby Brown committed to Texas A&M over Alabama in October.
The Crimson Tide staff thought it was going to land Brown’s commitment before the Tide’s No. 1 defensive tackle target unexpectedly moved up his decision date. Brown decided that he wanted to remain closer to home and chose the Aggies. It was a giant blow to the Tide because Brown had been the team’s top target since the summer and the team was confident he was going to commit there.
It remains unclear if and how Kevin Sumlin’s departure, which is expected after the Aggies’ game this weekend, would affect Brown. He hasn’t commented on the situation yet, but Alabama will certainly try to capitalize on the situation should it happen.
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