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 Alabama’s slow start on the recruiting trail.
Alabama sits 46th in the recruiting rankings, according to the 247Sports composite, with just 38 days to go until the Crimson Tide kick off their season against Florida State in Atlanta.
There’s no doubt that filling out the 2018 class is moving at a snail’s pace. There’s also no need to be concerned about Alabama being behind teams such as BYU, Kansas and Purdue in the recruiting rankings. This class WILL be ranked inside the top 10 and likely the top 5 when National Signing Day rolls around in February. Now, I don’t think Alabama will end up with the top-rated class for the eighth year in a row, but that shouldn’t be considered a failure because I expect the Tide to hit on several key needs such as cornerback and interior defensive linemen.
Currently, the Tide have seven commitments. All of them are All-Americans. Jalyn Armour-Davis and Skyler Delong will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, while Tommy Brown, Jordan Davis, Quay Walker, Xavier Williams and Stephon Wynn will participate in the Under Armour All-America Game. The Tide’s seven-man class has an average star rating of 92.08, which is only behind Ohio State (95.70) and Texas (93.53). So, the elite talent is there for Alabama, but the number of bodies in the class isn’t just yet.
Alabama had its premier recruiting event of the summer this past weekend, and it only resulted in one public commitment in Brown. Last year, Hunter Brannon and Jhavonte Dean, who eventually was dropped from the class, committed at the event. SEC Country was told by a source close to the program that several more elite prospects silently committed. For those who don’t know what that means, silent commitments mean a recruit tells the coaching staff at the school that he’ll end up publicly declaring his intentions at a later date because he likely wants to take visits elsewhere while holding a spot. Some schools accept silent commitments, some don’t. Brown was a silent commitment before going public, but that’s just because he wanted to announce his public commitment while on campus.
But more public commitments are coming. Don’t worry about that.
One source inside the Alabama program said that the team is expecting 10-13 commitments before summer is over. Is that likely? Absolutely.
Here are the major Tide targets that are expected to announce their commitments before Sept. 21, which is the final day of summer:
- 4-star tight end Dominick Wood-Anderson (Aug. 1)
- 4-star running back Asa Martin (Aug. 24)
- 3-star inside linebacker/athlete Vernon Jackson (Aug. 26)
- 4-star offensive guard Penei Sewell (no date set but before his senior season)
- 4-star cornerback Jaycee Horn (no date set but around the start of his senior season in late August)
Alabama is in good shape with all of those targets. I, along with those close to Alabama, feel confident Martin and Sewell will end up in crimson. Wood-Anderson just took an official visit to Alabama this past weekend, so the Tide feel like they have a very good chance at landing him because he’s heavily influenced by visits, and it’s the last school he’s scheduled to see before his commitment. Jackson is very high on Alabama’s wish list. He’s coming off a multi-day stay in Tuscaloosa. He’s a take and very wanted by the staff. Horn flip-flops on his favorite school daily, but Alabama was his favorite team growing up and still is.
In addition to those players, the team also feels good where it stands with the following: 5-star defensive end KJ Henry, 5-star cornerback Tyson Campbell, 4-star linebacker JJ Peterson, 4-star wide receiver Justyn Ross, 4-star linebacker Eyabi Anoma, 4-star linebacker Cameron Latu, 4-star defensive tackle Coynis Miller, 4-star defensive tackle Bobby Brown, 4-star tight end Luke Ford, 4-star wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, 4-star cornerback Josh Jobe, 4-star cornerback Nadab Joseph, 4-star offensive guard Emil Ekiyor, 3-star wide receiver Slade Bolden, 3-star linebacker Andres Fox and junior college defensive linemen Caleb Tremblay and Teair Tart-Spencer.
The Tide are only expected to add 22 players this class, so clearly not everyone I just listed will be signing with Alabama. But just because there are only seven commitments, there’s no reason to panic. Alabama will sign several of those players listed and could potentially get in the mix later on with elite recruits who haven’t visited Tuscaloosa just yet.
The majority of the team’s top targets haven’t made a commitment yet, so it’s not like Alabama is striking out with these players. It’s just taking a little longer than usual for guys to secure their spot. But, as you can see with the names above, Alabama will be fine and will have one of the top recruiting classes in the country once again.
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