Kyler McMichael, a 4-star cornerback from Greater Atlanta Christian School (Norcross, Ga.), committed to Clemson over Alabama and Georgia on Friday morning. McMichael was one of the Crimson Tide’s top targets at cornerback, but Alabama can officially cross him off the list as he says he’s locked in with Clemson and won’t be taking visits elsewhere.
Now that McMichael is off the board, where does Alabama turn to now to fill one of its most important positions in the Class of 2018? Here are some names to know moving forward:
Tyson Campbell, 4-star prospect, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Campbell is at the top of Alabama’s board at cornerback. He recently attended a Florida International University satellite camp where he and his family got to spend some time with several Alabama coaches, including Nick Saban.
The nation’s No. 3 cornerback is very quiet about his recruitment, so it’s hard to get a gauge for where things stand with the Florida prospect. SEC Country will be in Oregon next week for Nike’s “The Opening” camp where Campbell will be, too, so hopefully, we can get a full update on where he stands at that time.
Alabama, LSU, Miami and Ohio State are believed to be at the top of Campbell’s list.
Josh Jobe, 4-star prospect, Miami
Jobe has been committed to Miami since 2015 and continues to say all of the right things publicly about his status with the Hurricanes. But, like Campbell, Jobe attended the satellite camp to get some face time with the Alabama staff. I thought that was an interesting trip for Jobe, who has said his recruitment is 100 percent over. There is no reason for him to travel to a satellite camp at FIU where there were zero Miami coaches in attendance if he’s locked in with the Canes.
He also talks to the Alabama staff frequently. Again, another sign that his recruitment truly isn’t over.
Jobe will play his senior season at a boarding school in Connecticut where there will be less pressure on him to stay committed to Miami. Don’t be surprised to see him flip to the Crimson Tide down the road.
Patrick Surtain Jr., 5-star prospect, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Alabama would love to add the son of two-time NFL All-Pro Patrick Surtain. Surtain Jr. is rated as the nation’s No. 1 cornerback in the Class of 2018, but it’s not likely that the Tide land him.
LSU is the overwhelming favorite to land Surtain when he makes his commitment.
Jalyn Armour-Davis, 4-star prospect, Mobile, Ala.
Armour-Davis was set to announce his commitment on May 26 among his finalists of Alabama, Auburn and Florida State. He decided to push back his commitment to an unknown date in order to take more visits to those schools to be sure of his choice.
If he had chosen to go through with his commitment on May 26, he was going to choose Alabama. So, his decision to push back his commitment only hurts the Tide; however, the team remains in good shape to land the in-state star whenever he decides to make his decision.
Jaycee Horn, 4-star prospect, Alpharetta, Ga.
Horn grew up a big Alabama fan. He still is a Crimson Tide fan. But, it’s clear Horn is torn on what he should do when it comes to his recruitment.
The Georgia corner is split between Alabama and South Carolina. The Gamecocks staff has done a fantastic job recruiting him and have made him strongly considering spurning the team he grew up rooting for.
I still believe he’ll choose Alabama when he’s ready to make a commitment.
Nadab Joseph, 4-star prospect, Hialeah, Fla.
Joseph is committed to LSU, but he recently made some eyebrow-raising remarks to SEC Country.
“My recruitment isn’t shut down, and it can possibly open up completely soon,” Joseph said. “I will be taking all five official visits.”
Joseph named several schools — not just Alabama — who have him thinking on his commitment to the Tigers. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound prospect said if any school had a “slight lead” for his services that it would be LSU.
“Alabama, Georgia, FSU and Oregon are right up there with LSU,” Joseph said. “LSU used to be way out in front, but I’ve been impressed with Georgia the last couple times I’ve been up there and I’ve always liked ‘Bama. I love the atmosphere in Tallahassee. Oregon — I like their staff. I just want to see the school.
“But, I would say ‘Bama and Georgia are right there with each other.”
It’s very possible Joseph could be a flip candidate for Alabama.