Alabama was delivered a big blow on the recruiting trail Friday morning when 4-star defensive tackle Bobby Brown committed to Texas A&M over the Crimson Tide. What hurts more is that the Tide were very confident they were going to land Brown’s commitment since the summer and just as recently as a few days ago.
Brown originally planned to announce his commitment on Nov. 2 to honor his uncle Demetric Shaw on his birthday, but the nation’s No. 14 defensive tackle decided to move up the date before his scheduled official visit to Texas A&M this weekend.
Now that Brown has committed, don’t expect the Tide to stop recruiting him. He’s not an early enrollee, so there’s lots of time left before he signs his letter of intent.
In the meantime, let’s take a look at some other targets to see where Alabama turns next:
Caleb Tremblay, 4-star JUCO DT, American River Community College (Sacramento, Calif.)
Tremblay emerged as a main target for the Tide over the summer when he balled out at one of the team’s OL/DL camps. He is planning on taking an official visit to Tuscaloosa on Dec. 15. It’s the only visit he has set right now.
That’s an important date to be aware of because the early signing period starts on Dec. 20. I expect Tremblay to choose Alabama.
Coynis Miller, 4-star DT, Jackson-Olin High School (Birmingham, Ala.) — committed to Auburn
Miller committed to Auburn over Alabama earlier this month but is expected to visit Tuscaloosa again before signing his letter of intent. Miller grew up an Alabama fan, so maybe the coaching staff can convince him to play for his childhood team.
Christian Barmore, 4-star DT, Neumann Goretti High School (Philadelphia)
There may not be a hotter 2018 prospect than Barmore. He has received offers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU and Mississippi State in the last few weeks. After watching his film, I’m shocked that this kid wasn’t on major schools’ radar a long time ago.
The former Temple commit plans on taking an official visit to Tuscaloosa at some point. He is one to closely watch.
Robert Cooper, 4-star DT, South Gwinnett High School (Snellville, Ga.)
Cooper is committed to Florida State, but he recently told SEC Country that he’s also considering Alabama and Georgia. There have been some rumblings that he may reopen his recruitment.
Keondre Coburn, 4-star DT, Westfield High School (Houston) — committed to Texas
Coburn visited Tuscaloosa in late July but decided to commit to Texas a few weeks later. He has maintained communication with the Alabama staff and will return to campus on Nov. 4 for an official visit.
Daviyon Nixon, 3-star JUCO DT, Iowa Western — committed to Iowa
Nixon was offered by Alabama earlier this week. He’s planning on taking an official visit to Alabama after his season ends.
Jalen Cunningham, 3-star DT, St. Clair County High School (Odenville, Ala.)
Cunningham wants to commit to Alabama, but he’s still waiting for a committable offer. It’s possible that the Tide have struck out on Miller and Brown, so he might eventually get one.
Jeffery Johnson, 3-star DT, Brookhaven (Miss.) High School
Johnson told me recently that his top 3 consists of Alabama, Florida State and Ole Miss. His likely landing spot is Ole Miss, but, like Cunningham, that will likely change if the Alabama staff extends a committable offer.