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 who missed the cut in our mock signing class.
SEC Country released its latest mock signing class on offense for Alabama and will release the predictions on the defensive side of the ball on Thursday. So, you’ll get a glimpse of who got left off the list.
Below, we take a look at the players who just missed the cut for the mock signing class.
QB — Tanner McKee
As I’ve said for a few months now, it’s going to be difficult for Alabama to sign an elite 2018 quarterback because the team’s depth chart at the position is young. But, my choice of leaving McKee off the list has nothing to do with depth charts because he’s essentially a 2020 prospect. McKee will serve a two-year Mormon mission after graduating from high school.
I think Alabama is in good shape for McKee, but I know how badly he wanted that offer from Stanford. The California prospect got that offer and plenty of 247Sports Crystal Ball picks started to roll in.
McKee will take an official visit to Alabama on Nov. 4 for the LSU game, so the Crimson Tide will have a chance to stymie some momentum the Cardinal has with him. At this time, I think Ohio State quarterback commit Emory Jones is the likelier option for the Tide in 2018.
WR — Justin Watkins
Watkins recently told SEC Country that he’s down to Alabama, Florida and LSU. In my predictions, I have Alabama closing out the class with Justyn Ross and Jaylen Waddle, in addition to current Tide commit Xavier Williams. Watkins is being recruited as a slot receiver, which is where Waddle is pegged. Waddle is the top slot target in the 2018 class, so if he ends up choosing the Tide, there won’t be space for Watkins. Waddle’s recruitment is shaping up to be an Alabama, Florida State and Texas battle, so if he chooses either of the latter two, Watkins would take his spot in my projections.
Petit-Frere is Alabama’s top offensive tackle target. His recruitment is shaping up to be an Alabama, Florida and Notre Dame race. Petit-Frere doesn’t give up any clues to where he’s leaning. I think Alabama has a good chance at landing his commitment, but I’m not confident including him in Alabama’s class knowing I have supreme confidence in Jarrett Bell, Tommy Brown and Penei Sewell being the three offensive linemen in this class.
Barnes is high on Alabama’s wish list, but it would be shocking if he committed to any school other than Florida.
Ekiyor is committed to Michigan, but he’s one of Alabama’s top offensive guard targets. He visited Tuscaloosa in July for the Champions Cookout, and there’s some thought that he’s not 100 percent solid to the Wolverines. I have Sewell rounding out the Tide’s offensive line class in my projections. Sewell and Ekiyor are both being recruited as guards. If Sewell opts for Oregon, Ekiyor would take his spot.
DL — Coynis Miller
Miller has said that Auburn and Florida are the two schools that are sticking out to him the most, with the Gators being his leader. Alabama is likely his No. 3 school at the moment. This recruitment will likely have some twists and turns over the next few months. Miller was in Tuscaloosa last weekend for the Fresno State game, and from my vantage point on the sidelines, he looked like he was enjoying himself.
LB — Andres Fox, KJ Henry, Micah Parsons, Quay Walker
Fox is down to Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Stanford. Alabama is going to have a loaded linebacker class this year, and I don’t think there’s going to be room for Fox to jump on board.
I was really close to including Henry in my projections, and I may do so after he takes his official visit to Alabama this fall. This recruitment is likely an Alabama-Clemson race, though he won’t say that publicly. He’s visited Tuscaloosa several times and is already comfortable there.
Parsons visited Tuscaloosa in July, but his recruitment is too much of a mystery to predict at this point. Interestingly enough, Jeremy Birmingham, who covers Ohio State recruiting for our Land of 10 site, didn’t project Parsons to sign with the Buckeyes. Ohio State is viewed as the favorite. There are some off-field concerns with Parsons and multiple teams recruiting him.
Walker is currently committed to Alabama, so it was clearly difficult to leave him off the list. Out of the current Tide commitments, he’s the least locked in one out of the 10. He’s expressed his desire to take visits elsewhere, and Auburn and Florida State are pushing hard for a flip. It wouldn’t surprise me either way when it comes to him sticking with his commitment or flipping.
DB — Kelvin Joseph, Josh Jobe
Joseph is committed to LSU. At one point, it seemed like a flip to Alabama was inevitable. That doesn’t seem very likely anymore, although the Tide are pushing for Joseph.
Jobe is committed to Miami, but he’s still strongly considering Alabama and Michigan. The Crimson Tide definitely want Jobe in their class, but I just feel more confident in Tyson Campbell, Nadab Joseph, Jalyn Armour-Davis and Saivion Smith being Alabama’s defensive backs in this class.
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