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 the nation’s top 5 cornerbacks.
Isaac Taylor-Stuart will visit Alabama this fall
Cornerback is arguably Alabama’s biggest need in the 2018 class after not signing any true corners in the 2017 class. When you factor in that the Crimson Tide will also lose Anthony Averett, Levi Wallace and Tony Brown to graduation, the team must sign several corners this year.
The only true scholarship corners Alabama will return next season are Trevon Diggs and Nigel Knott. While Shyheim Carter and Kyriq McDonald are listed as corners, they are likely going to play star, Brown’s spot, when and if they get a chance to start.
Alabama is in the mix for several elite cornerbacks in the 2018 class, such as 5-star prospects Tyson Campbell and Patrick Surtain Jr., junior college talent Saivion Smith and 4-star recruits Jalyn Armour-Davis, Josh Jobe, Kyler McMichael and Nadab Joseph. Isaac Taylor-Stuart, the nation’s No. 4 cornerback from Helix High School (San Diego, Calif.), told SEC Country that he, too, is hearing from Alabama every day.
“They are recruiting me really hard right now, as [outside linebackers] coach Tosh [Lupoi] is telling me ‘Bama is the right fit for me and that they will be losing a lot of DBs to the NFL draft,” Taylor-Stuart said.
Alabama was Taylor-Stuart’s leader at one point. He visited Tuscaloosa in the summer of 2016 and immediately fell in love with the place. Over time, though, Taylor-Stuart slowly backed off naming the Tide his leader in interviews, but he said that he didn’t lose interest in Alabama since then.
The Army All-American will take an official visit to Tuscaloosa this fall, but he hasn’t locked in the trip just yet. Taylor-Stuart maintains that the reason for the upcoming trip is because of how interested he is in Alabama.
“Alabama is just a top team that I would like to explore more,” Taylor-Stuart said. “They are a top school and I’m very interested in.”
I still don’t believe that Taylor-Stuart is a smart pick to project in this recruiting class. I still think there’s a long way to go if the Crimson Tide want him. My defensive back projections remain the same: Campbell, Smith, Joseph and Armour-Davis.
Taylor-Stuart will make his commitment during the early signing period in December.
Update on a RB target
We don’t talk much about him here at SEC Country, but Alabama fans need to know the name Jerome Ford. Ford, a 3-star running back from Armwood High School (Seffner, Fla.), currently is the team’s top option at the position.
Ford currently lists South Florida as his leader, but I believe if Alabama pushes hard for his commitment, then there’s a good chance he’ll spurn the hometown team for the Tide. He’s the only uncommitted running back target that has a committable offer, and that includes 4-star prospect Harold Joiner. Alabama is also talking to LSU commit Chris Curry and Texas Tech commit Devin Brumfield.
Alabama is looking at bringing in a change-of-pace type of running back in this class because the team currently has several bigger-bodied backs already on the roster. It’s looking like a possibility that both Bo Scarbrough and Damien Harris will declare for the NFL draft. That would leave Alabama with just Josh Jacobs, Najee Harris and Brian Robinson.
SEC Country was told that one of Alabama’s assistants will likely see Ford this Friday at his high school game.
A little tease
I was told that one major target almost flipped his commitment to Alabama last week. It’s possible that he actually goes through with it soon. It’s definitely something to keep an eye on. Fans will be pleased with this if he follows through.
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