The contact period is here, the early signing period has passed and we’re just a little more than 3 weeks away from National Signing Day on Feb. 7. The majority of Alabama’s class has signed. The Tide have 15 signees (including Class of 2017 greyshirt defensive lineman Jarez Parks). Coach Nick Saban said at his press conference wrapping up the early signing period that the Tide could take 23.
With that being said, here’s a look at which recruits remain on the board for the Tide:
Alabama missed on its top target, Emory Jones, who signed with Florida during the early signing period. He explained to SEC Country why he ended up not picking Alabama.
That leaves the Tide with two options in the 2018 class. James Foster may be the likeliest candidate to join the team. He’s down to Alabama, Florida State, LSU and Texas A&M. Foster’s childhood dream school was Alabama. If the Tide push for him, I can see him hopping on board. He won’t commit until National Signing Day. The team is evaluating him, and it’s not a given he’s presented the opportunity to commit.
Tanner McKee is essentially a 2020 prospect because he’s going on a two-year Mormon mission after graduating high school. He will not sign a letter of intent in February when he commits. McKee took an official visit to Tuscaloosa for the LSU game.
Brock Purdy already has a preferred walk-on offer from Alabama. The team is evaluating him and should make its way out to Gilbert, Ariz. to meet with him. He’s supposed to visit Tuscaloosa on Jan. 26. Purdy was the Gatorade High School Player of the Year in Arizona.
Jamarye Joiner is committed to Arizona, but after Rich Rodriguez was fired from the school earlier this month, his pledge to the Wildcats is in doubt. Alabama hasn’t offered yet, but Joiner will visit Tuscaloosa on Feb. 2.
Who’s committed/signed: None
After landing 3-star prospect Jerome Ford, Alabama is done at the running back position.
Who’s committed/signed: Jerome Ford*
Justyn Ross will commit to either Alabama, Auburn or Clemson. I’ve heard from a source close to Alabama in the past few days who said he believes it is gaining steam with the state’s top prospect. Recruiting is fluid, but I think it’s going to come down to the Tide and Clemson.
Who knows what Jacob Copeland is going to do? He’s one player who has taken advantage of the attention the recruiting process brings. Even though Copeland’s primary recruiter, Jeremy Pruitt, left, I believe the Tide are in good shape with him. Alabama, Florida and Tennessee are the main suitors.
Jaylen Waddle will likely choose Alabama or Texas A&M. The Tide were the longtime favorites until Jimbo Fisher, who Waddle had a relationship with when he was the coach at Florida State, was hired by the Aggies. Waddle is from the state of Texas and is contemplating if staying closer to home is what he wants to do.
Who’s committed/signed: Xavier Williams,* Slade Bolden*
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After missing on Dominick Wood-Anderson (Tennessee) and Luke Ford (Georgia), Alabama is done at tight end.
Who’s committed/signed: Michael Parker
Alabama would like to add one more elite offensive lineman to this class, and I think it will. Nicholas Petit-Frere has been the team’s top target at offensive tackle for months. Petit-Frere keeps his recruitment under wraps, but I know Alabama has felt confident with landing him. He’ll visit Tuscaloosa on Jan. 19, Florida on Jan. 26 and Ohio State on Feb. 2. He has already taken trips to Michigan and Notre Dame.
Penei Sewell was contemplating signing early, but he decided to hold off. He’ll likely commit to either Alabama or Oregon. He’s very close to Ducks coach Mario Cristobal, but understands the Tide’s history at sending offensive linemen to the NFL is much richer than the Ducks’.
I’m leaning toward the Tide signing Petit-Frere.
Who’s committed/signed: Tommy Brown*, Emil Ekiyor*
Tyler Friday took an official visit to Alabama last month. He told SEC Country that Alabama is going to be in his top 3 along with Michigan and Ohio State. He’s expected to make his commitment Friday. I don’t think Alabama is going to be the choice.
Malik Langham was offered by ‘Bama in December. He’s a recruit who has risen up the Tide’s board fast. I think it’s going to be hard for him to not choose Alabama when he makes his decision.
Who’s committed/signed: Stephon Wynn*, Christian Barmore*, Bobby Brown
Vernon Jackson and Quay Walker didn’t sign early, so the Tide will need to fight off schools who are trying to flip them. Texas and Texas A&M are trying to flip Jackson, while Auburn, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee are trying to flip Walker. I do not think Walker is going to end up signing with the Tide.
Who’s committed/signed: Jordan Davis*, Cameron Latu*, Eyabi Anoma*, Vernon Jackson, Quay Walker
A lot of eyeballs are going to be on this group in the coming weeks.
Tyson Campbell has been Alabama’s top cornerback target for months. He’s visiting Tuscaloosa next weekend and Georgia this weekend. This may be an Alabama-UGA-Miami race for him.
Patrick Surtain Jr. has named LSU his leader for more than a year, but he hasn’t committed or signed. I think that’s interesting. He’s visiting Tuscaloosa on Jan. 19 and will visit LSU this weekend.
With Nadab Joseph flipping from Alabama to Georgia, I expect the Tide to turn the heat up on Isaac Taylor-Stuart. The Tide led for several months of his recruitment last year. If he makes it back to Tuscaloosa this month, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Tide get back on top.
Eddie Smith received a committable offer from Alabama on Thursday. He’s expected to visit Tuscaloosa this month.
Who’s committed/signed: Jalyn Armour-Davis*, Josh Jobe*, Saivion Smith*
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