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 top defensive backs in the country.
Alabama guaranteed to be a finalist for Jalyn Phillips
ROSWELL, Ga. — Alabama lost a commitment from 4-star safety Brendan Gant on Sunday. That was to be expected. Gant was no longer a priority to the staff after former defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley left for the Oakland Raiders and former defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt left for the Tennessee head job.
The Tide have a commitment from 4-star defensive back Brandon Turnage, who could play safety or corner. But like Gant, don’t be surprised to see him reopen his recruitment at some point.
One player who could potentially fill Gant’s spot in the class is 3-star safety Jalyn Phillips from Archer High School (Lawrenceville, Ga.). Phillips estimated that he has been to Tuscaloosa around five times and plans on getting back there several times in the coming months.
When he commits on Aug. 20, he knows two schools which will be among the finalists.
“Oklahoma and Alabama are locked in right now,” Phillips told SEC Country. “I have a really good relationship with the coaches at both of those schools. They’re always real with me. I just took an official visit to Oklahoma. Everything felt good there. It felt like home. With ‘Bama, I’ve been there so many times. I’m building a relationship with the new DBs coach [Karl Scott]. They always keep in contact with me. Coach [Tosh] Lupoi is always hitting me up. We get on FaceTime and talk about football and other things like school and life.”
Phillips said he feels his connection with the Alabama staff is one of the strongest he has of the schools recruiting him. He said he talks to Lupoi almost daily and has met individually with Nick Saban “a bunch.”
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound prospect, who has been clocked at 4.59 seconds in the 40-yard dash, said Lupoi told him that he has the versatility to play all over the secondary, which increases his value. Alabama would like to add around four defensive backs this cycle.
“I know ‘Bama needs some DBs this class,” Phillips said. They’ve lost a lot of DBs to the draft that’s coming up. Some of the guys have told me that I have a chance to come in there and have a chance to compete to play early. I like competing and I know I can go there and compete for a winning team and try to keep the tradition they have going on there.”
Phillips was expected in Tuscaloosa last weekend for A-Day, but he chose to visit Georgia instead. The Bulldogs recently offered Phillips, and he named them, Alabama, Oklahoma and Florida State as the teams that are coming after him the hardest.
If he did choose Alabama, he knows why he would.
“They’re about their business there,” Phillips said. “They have a good business school, and that’s what I would like to major in. School and football is very important there. They don’t play any games when it comes to that.
“I feel at home there and it’s also close to my actual home. I have a good relationship with the coaches and I know I can compete to play early there. They like to win, and I like to win.
Alabama makes top 10 for Nathan Pickering
Alabama made the cut for 4-star defensive end Nathan Pickering. Pickering is one of the Crimson Tide’s top defensive end targets in the 2019 class.
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— Nathan Pickering (@therealnathan22) April 23, 2018
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