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 one of Alabama’s top targets who’s announcing his commitment on Tuesday and one who’s announcing on Friday.
Dominick Wood-Anderson to commit on Tuesday
Dominick Wood-Anderson, the nation’s No. 1 junior college tight end from Arizona Western College (Yuma, Ariz.), will announce his commitment on Tuesday among three finalists: Alabama, Louisville and Texas, according to his coach Tom Minnick.
Alabama was the last school to host Wood-Anderson for a visit, which is important because throughout his recruitment he’s been heavily influenced by those trips. Every time he’s left a campus on a visit, that school has felt confident with where it stands with him. Alabama is no different. Multiple sources in Tuscaloosa told SEC Country that they felt very confident with where they stood for him.
Now, I have been told that Wood-Anderson has made multiple silent commitments to multiple schools, which really isn’t uncommon in the recruiting world today. It just makes it harder for reporters and coaches to discern what’s going to happen and what’s not.
The main thing I’ve heard the past couple of days is that he has been all over the map in his recruitment that it’s difficult to feel supremely confident in projecting him to any of his three finalists. However, it’s more likely that this is an Alabama-Louisville race more so than a three-team race, with Texas being on the outside. The Longhorns have felt confident that they will land former Alabama tight end commit Malcolm Epps.
Now, the Crimson Tide have reason to feel confident with bringing Wood-Anderson on board on Tuesday. After a multi-day visit in April, Wood-Anderson named Alabama his leader. There was some thought he could actually commit on that trip, but he decided to hold off. I’m told that his official visit to Tuscaloosa two weekends ago was a home run and there really was nothing that Alabama could’ve done better.
He’s also told SEC Country in the past that he believes Alabama gives him a good opportunity to play early and reach the NFL.
“It’s somewhere where I’m going to come in and make an immediate impact and somewhere that’s going to give me the best shot to be a top 5 tight end in the country my first year and be a top 20 draft pick after my second year,” Wood-Anderson said.
I’m not supremely confident in my prediction, but my pick is on Alabama landing one of the top offensive weapons in the country. There’s no set time for when Wood-Anderson is expected to announce his commitment, but with him living on the West Coast, I wouldn’t expect a decision early in the morning.
Top target Cameron Latu committing this Friday
Cameron Latu, a 4-star Jack linebacker from Olympus High School (Salt Lake City), will announce his commitment this Friday at 2 p.m. ET. The expected finalists for his decision are Alabama and Southern California.
Latu has visited Tuscaloosa three times, which is a significant amount considering the fact that Utah and Alabama aren’t close to one another. He also told SEC Country that his mother, Jill Argust, wants him to commit to the Crimson Tide.
“She wants me to go to Alabama,” Latu said. “She loves [outside linebackers coach] Tosh [Lupoi] and thinks he can take me to where I want to be. She wants me to go be myself and be a man.”
I fully expect Alabama to be the choice this Friday. He visited for the cookout, like Wood-Anderson, and may or may not have given strong indications to Tide staff members that he was going to commit to them (hint hint).
Jacob Copeland visits Alabama with commitment coming soon
Jacob Copeland, a 4-star wide receiver from Escambia High School (Pensacola, Fla.), visited Tuscaloosa on Monday. That’s important because a commitment is likely coming this week. Copeland finished filming a commitment video with SEC Country on Sunday. His final two schools are Alabama and Florida.
I will say that there was one ending filmed for Copeland, but I’m not at liberty to say which school was represented in the film.
Alabama gained significant steam for the slot receiver during his visit to Tuscaloosa for A-Day this spring. Nick Saban drove Copeland around in his car and personally escorted him inside Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Copeland was originally going to announce his commitment at the Under Armour All-America Game in January but decided to push up his timetable after visiting Florida for its Friday Night Lights camp. That’s usually a good sign for that school whenever that happens.
Regardless of the school he picks in his commitment video, this recruitment is certainly going to continue until Signing Day.
KJ Henry includes Alabama in his top 5
No surprise at all, but KJ Henry, a 5-star defensive end from West Forsyth High School (Clemmons, N.C.), included Alabama in his top 5 along with Clemson, Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia Tech. Those five schools are all expected to receive official visits this fall.
Henry has been to Tuscaloosa several times. He has previously told SEC Country that he Alabama is “a great place to be.” There are some in the recruiting industry, me included, who believe the Jack linebacker will ultimately decide between Alabama and Clemson when he makes his decision.
A final decision will likely be made in December as Henry is planning on signing his letter of intent on the first day of the new early signing period. Even though Henry won’t give any clues to where he stands with his recruitment, he did say that if the Crimson Tide keep up their efforts, they’ll be one of his finalists when that time comes to announce.
“They will be with me in the long run,” Henry said. “As long as they are staying with it and doing the right things and I continue to see success on and off the field, I don’t see why they wouldn’t be.”
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