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 an in-state running back who’s set to make his commitment next month and a bunch of new offers.
Asa Martin talks recruitment with a month to go until commitment
Alabama has six capable running backs on its roster with Bo Scarbrough, Damien Harris, Josh Jacobs, B.J. Emmons, Najee Harris and Brian Robinson. You could make the case that all six of them could be starters elsewhere.
Nonetheless, the Crimson Tide would still like to add one more running back to their stable. The name to know in the Class of 2018 is 247Sports 4-star prospect Asa Martin.
Martin, who attends Austin High School (Decatur, Ala.), is set to announce his commitment on Aug. 24. His three finalists are Alabama, Auburn and Florida. Clemson could work its way into the mix with the Tigers offering him a scholarship while on a visit Monday. But with little more than a month to go until his decision, it may be too late for those Tigers.
The nation’s No. 10 running back is set to visit Tuscaloosa, each of his three finalists one last time before making a decision.
“[This month and] next month is just about going to all the colleges I’m looking at and seeing if I could live there the next three or four years,” Martin told SEC Country. “It’s just about being comfortable with the coaching staff, as well as the school as a whole.”
Martin will visit Tuscaloosa this Friday for the team’s Champions Cookout. He’ll be one of many elite prospects on campus. Alabama offered Martin back in April, and things have progressed positively for the Tide.
Before the Alabama offer, Martin told SEC Country that he didn’t think the team’s offense was a good fit for his style of play. A few visits and a few conversations with offensive coordinator Brian Daboll changed his perspective.
“When you look at college football, they’re sending all their guys to the league, especially running backs,” Martin said. “When they offered me — plus it’s my home state — of course they became a major factor.”
Martin estimates that he’s been to Tuscaloosa around three or four times now, so he’s familiar with the campus. He also has a former teammate on the Crimson Tide in redshirt freshman offensive lineman Deonte Brown.
Is there anything Martin is trying to get out of his upcoming trip to Tuscaloosa?
“I’m just hoping with me being there I see if I can live and thrive in that environment,” Martin said. “Every college is different.”
The 6-foot, 195-pound prospect said there’s no pressure on him to stay in-state because he’s the one who ultimately has to live in that city for the next chapter of his life.
Alabama has been viewed as the favorite for Martin for the past few months, but he stresses that no school has an advantage over the next and he’s unsure of which school he’ll pick next month.
“I really don’t know,” Martin said. “It’s a tough decision. Me and my mom talk about it every night, and we’re still trying to figure it out.”
SEC Country’s Benjamin Wolk contributed to this report.
Brandon Kaho picks up an offer from Alabama
There are plenty of elite linebacker targets in the 2018 class who Alabama is pursuing. On Monday, one more was added to the list.
Brandon Kaho, a 4-star BYU commit from Reno (Nev.) High School, added an offer from the Crimson Tide while on a visit. Kaho has the versatility to play any linebacker spot in Alabama’s 3-4 defense, which makes him a coveted prospect, much like 4-star linebacker target JJ Peterson.
Usually, when prospects earn offers at camp it means it’s a committable one. There’s no reason to doubt that’s the case with Kaho’s offer. He’s done nothing but raise his stock in the last few weeks, including earning linebacker MVP honors at The Opening Finals.
Kaho has said in interviews that an offer from Alabama would affect his recruitment; however, he doesn’t appear to be in much of a rush to change his commitment from the Cougars. That’s because he’s planning on taking his LDS mission after high school, much like Alabama quarterback target Tanner Mckee.
The linebacker targets to know moving forward, outside of Kaho and Peterson, include Micah Parsons, KJ Henry, Andres Fox, Vernon Jackson and Eyabi Anoma. The Tide already have linebacker commitments from Jordan Davis and Quay Walker.
Tons of offers go out on Monday
The Alabama coaching staff extended plenty of offers on Monday, which was the second day of the team’s camp. Here’s who got offered:
4-star cornerback Kalon Gervin:
— Kalon Gervin (@KalonGervin) July 17, 2017
4-star wide receiver Isaah Crocker:
— Isaah Crocker (@zaayc) July 18, 2017
3-star linebacker David Reese:
— Dade 2️⃣™🏴… (@iAmDR2) July 17, 2017
3-star defensive end and FSU commit Patrick Joyner:
— PATRICK JOYNER Jr. (@JoynerPatrick) July 17, 2017
2019 4-star Florida cornerback commit Tyrique Stevenson:
— Rique Stevenson ™ (@dreamchaserTy10) July 17, 2017
2019 4-star cornerback Max Williams:
— Max Williams (@maaaax_1) July 17, 2017
2019 4-star cornerback Jeremiah Criddell:
— Jeremiah Criddell (@JayCriddell) July 17, 2017
2019 QB Jacob Conover:
— Jacob Conover (@jacob_conover17) July 17, 2017
2019 cornerback Isaiah Rutherford:
— Jacob Conover (@jacob_conover17) July 17, 2017
2020 cornerback RJ Mickens, who is the son of former Texas A&M and NFL cornerback Ray Mickens:
— Rj Mickens (@RjMickens10) July 17, 2017
Other notes on camp participants:
- 4-star running back James Cook was expected to be in Tuscaloosa for camp but didn’t make it to town. Look for him to commit to Georgia at some point.
- Texas A&M quarterback commit Cade Fortin looked impressive in front of Daboll, according to a source who was in attendance. He does not hold an offer from Alabama, but don’t be surprised if one gets extended. With Alabama still looking for its quarterback in the 2018 class, Fortin is a name to watch.
- Ohio State quarterback commit Emory Jones WAS in Tuscaloosa, despite him denying his visit to SEC Country and Land of 10. I would assume he doesn’t want the Buckeyes staff to know about him visiting anywhere, but a source did, in fact, confirm that he threw for Daboll. This is Jones’ second visit to Alabama that I know of.
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