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James Foster could be a backup option at quarterback if Alabama misses on Emory Jones.

Recruiting question of the day: What’s the scoop on late-emerging options for Alabama?

The early signing period is approaching and Alabama is trying to obtain another No. 1 recruiting class. With recruiting ramping up, SEC Country’s Chris Kirschner will answer the Recruiting Question of the Day every day of the week. You can ask him your questions on Twitter or on Facebook. Find our previous question-and-answers here.


There are always a few recruits each cycle who see their names gain traction with Alabama in the final few months and weeks leading up to signing day. This year is no different.

We’ll start with James Foster. Foster, a 4-star quarterback from Sidney Lanier High School (Montgomery, Ala.), grew up wanting to play for Alabama. He received a verbal offer from the Tide in March. It wasn’t a committable offer, and he still doesn’t have one. Emory Jones, a 4-star quarterback committed to Ohio State, remains Alabama’s top quarterback target. If Jones decides to stick with the Buckeyes, it’s very likely Alabama turns its attention toward Foster, the former Missouri commit.

The Tide have been recruiting Foster heavily these past few weeks with offensive coordinator Brian Daboll and defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley making stops to see him and his family, but this is Alabama doing its due diligence here.

Brenton Cox, a 5-star defensive end from Stockbridge (Ga.) High School, long has been a target for Alabama. It wasn’t until recently though that Alabama looked like a possible landing spot for him. Cox de-committed from Ohio State earlier this month, and the Tide and Georgia became the top contenders. Cox took an unofficial visit to Georgia last weekend and is going to take an official visit to Athens this weekend. That doesn’t bode well for the Tide’s chances with him. Cox is expected to make his decision on Dec. 20, which is the first day of the early signing period.

Nick Saban and outside linebackers coach Tosh Lupoi are visiting Stockbridge on Thursday, so Alabama likely will have an idea of where it stands with Cox following this trip.

Isaac Taylor-Stuart, a 5-star cornerback from Helix High School (San Diego), was expected to take an official visit to Alabama this weekend, but he will no longer make the trip because his team has a game on Friday. He told SEC Country on Thursday that he’s going to reschedule, but it’s going to be difficult for him to make the visit.

He has an official visit set to Southern California for the weekend of Jan. 12. He’ll then play in the Polynesian Bowl the weekend of Jan. 20, and he’ll finish up with an official visit to Georgia the following weekend. He has taken an official visit to Texas A&M. If he follows through with his USC and UGA visits, that would leave him two visits to use.

He can take one visit the weekend after the Georgia trip, which would be beneficial for the Tide because it would be the final weekend before the original signing day.

As of now, I don’t expect any of these players to end up in Alabama’s class.