Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Roll Tide-ings, a rundown of everything happening in Alabama Crimson Tide recruiting with Chris Kirschner. In this edition, we talk the latest about some of Alabama’s targets who are committed to other schools.
Alabama’s main flip targets in the 2018 class
Alabama is hoping to flip several elite recruits who are currently committed to other schools. Here are the Tide’s chances at flipping these players:
Emory Jones, 4-star quarterback, Heard County High School (Franklin, Ga.) — committed to Ohio State
Emory Jones is Alabama’s most likely flip candidate. He has visited Tuscaloosa twice this fall, not including a trip to Atlanta for the Tide’s season opener against Florida State.
“I still think there’s a good chance,” a source close to Alabama said. “It’s about his comfortability with the staff at Ohio State [for why he hasn’t flipped yet]. He’s been committed there for so long, and it’s really hard to pull that trigger and then call that program and tell them you’re not going there anymore.”
Jones has been committed to Ohio State since July 29, 2016, but it seems as if the Buckeyes are losing confidence in keeping him committed. They have offered two quarterbacks in recent weeks.
Jacob Copeland, 4-star wide receiver, Escambia High School (Pensacola, Fla.) — committed to Florida
Jacob Copeland is neck-and-neck with Emory Jones as being the likeliest players to flip from their current school to Alabama. Copeland is expected back in Tuscaloosa this weekend for the Tide’s game against Mercer. He has been a frequent visitor to Tuscaloosa this fall.
With Florida firing Jim McElwain and wide receivers coach Kerry Dixon likely not being retained, Copeland no longer will have any ties to the school. He was very close with those two coaches.
I fully expect Copeland to be in crimson in 2018.
Josh Jobe, 4-star cornerback, Cheshire Academy (Cheshire, Conn.) — committed to Miami
Josh Jobe always has been close to being included in the mock signing class for Alabama, but I finally put him in there this week. He replaces 5-star cornerback Tyson Campbell. I’ve heard that even though Jobe shows lots of love toward Miami — the school he’s committed to — on social media, he still has lots of interest in Alabama. He talks to the Tide staff almost on a daily basis.
Brandon Kaho, 4-star linebacker, Reno High School (Reno, Nev.) — committed to BYU
Alabama gained significant momentum with Brandon Kaho, according to a source close to the program, after his official visit for the LSU game. He is one of the team’s top inside linebacker targets in the 2018 class and does, in fact, have a committable offer, despite there being lots of linebacker targets out there for the Tide. He’s going to be one to closely watch.
It’s going to be tough to flip him from BYU, though, because he is a Mormon and has a spiritual connection to the school.
Brenton Cox, 5-star defensive end, Stockbridge High School (Stockbridge, Ga.) — committed to Ohio State
Brenton Cox is one of Alabama’s top Jack linebacker targets. He has been committed to Ohio State since April.
The only school I’m aware of that he’s visited since then, outside of Ohio State, is Alabama. Cox visited Tuscaloosa for the Arkansas game. That was an unofficial visit. I know Alabama has really pushed to get him back on campus for an official visit. We’ll see if it happens.
As far as how committed he is to Ohio State, it seems he’s strongly committed to the Buckeyes. He has kept the coaching staff aware of all of his planned visits to Alabama in the past, and he has canceled some of those trips at the behest of the Buckeyes staff.
All I know is that Cox has remained in contact with the Tide staff, and I know they are working on flipping him.
Antwuan Jackson, 4-star defensive tackle, Blinn College (Blinn, Texas) — committed to Ohio State
Alabama has been trying to chip away at Antwuan Jackson’s commitment to Ohio State. The Tide hosted him for an official visit for the Tennessee game. It’s going to be tough to flip Jackson away from Ohio State as he fought Auburn, the school he transferred from, to have the school not be included on his list of schools that he couldn’t transfer to.
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