Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Roll Tide-ings, a rundown of everything happening in Alabama Crimson Tide recruiting with Chris Kirschner. In this edition, we discuss the latest regarding five recruiting battles Alabama will have with Auburn in the 2019 class.
Recruiting battles to watch between Alabama and Auburn
Alabama and Auburn always have recruiting battles with each other. This 2019 class is no different.
Here’s a look at who Alabama and Auburn are already battling over:
Clay Webb, 5-star center, Oxford (Ala.)
Clay Webb has been to both Alabama and Auburn numerous times since he became a national recruit over a year ago. Webb has told SEC Country before that his decision likely will come down to the in-state schools, but we shouldn’t discount Georgia, too. What Alabama has going for itself for the nation’s No. 1 center is his relationship with Tide offensive line coach Brent Key and 5-star tackle commit Pierce Quick. Quick recently shut down his recruitment and is now trying to get his good friend to commit to the Tide.
Amari Kight, 4-star tackle, Thompson (Alabaster, Ala.)
Along with Quick, Amari Kight is one of Alabama’s top tackle targets in the 2019 class. The Tide are trying to lock down offensive line recruits in the state this year and land Quick, Webb and Kight. Like Webb, Kight is also close with Key. A factor that could come into the play with Kight is that he’s teammates with 4-star quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, who is one of the Tide’s top targets at the position. If Tagovailoa ends up choosing the Tide, it would do nothing but help Alabama in its pursuit of Kight.
Vonta Bentley, 4-star linebacker, Jackson-Olin (Birmingham, Ala.)
Jackson-Olin, which is where Vonta Bentley plays his high school football, has sent two players to Auburn in the previous two recruiting cycles (TD Moultry, 2017 and Coynis Miller, 2018). Both players grew up fans of Alabama. In Moultry’s case, Alabama didn’t want him until late in the recruiting cycle and Miller wasn’t strongly recruited after Jeremy Pruitt left for Tennessee. That’s currently not the case with Bentley. He has been identified as one of Alabama’s top inside linebacker targets. He has previously called Alabama his leader, but Auburn will be a factor in his recruitment with Moultry and Miller at Auburn.
Nathan Pickering, 4-star defensive end, Seminary (Miss.)
Nathan Pickering has visited Tuscaloosa several times, but the same can be said about Auburn. Pickering is one of the Tide’s top defensive end targets, but Auburn has the momentum right now. Pickering likely will take several more visits to Tuscaloosa in the coming months, which will give the Tide an opportunity to seize control.
Brandon Turnage, 4-star cornerback, (Alabama commit)
Brandon Turnage committed to Alabama under previous defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley. And a recruit who usually chooses a school as early as he did normally reopens his recruitment. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see that happen with Turnage. Auburn was the school Turnage grew up rooting for, and he told SEC Country after visiting the Plains that the Tigers have a chance to end up changing his mind.
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