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 Alabama’s top offensive line targets.
Jarrett Bell making his commitment Monday
We haven’t talked much about Jarrett Bell in this space before Monday, but maybe we should have.
Bell, a 2-star guard from Norco (Calif.) High School, will announce his commitment around noon ET on Monday, according to a source close to the recruit. Alabama is the expected choice, and, yes, despite his 247Sports ranking, Bell does have a committable offer. For what it’s worth, Bell is ranked as a 4-star prospect on Rivals.
The 6-foot-5, 285-pound prospect was a star at the Crimson Tide’s offensive line/defensive line camp and was offered after his performance in Tuscaloosa. It’s been a good summer for Bell, who also was named the offensive line MVP at Southern California’s camp. The Trojans, however, didn’t offer Bell a scholarship. Other offers aside from Alabama include Arizona, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawaii, New Mexico and Washington State.
What’s interesting about Bell’s Alabama offer is that none of the coaches even knew who he was when he arrived at the camp. He was so impressive that now it’s likely that Bell will be a Crimson Tide commit on Monday.
I expect Bell’s ranking to rise this season as he gets a full year of playing offensive line under his belt. He’s mainly played on the defensive line, but he will play offense for the Tide, if he commits and signs.
Bell’s max bench is 365 pounds, his squat is 525 pounds, and his power clean is 315 pounds. Those are impressive numbers for a kid entering his senior season.
What would the commitment mean for Alabama’s OL board?
Bell’s commitment definitely affects the offensive line board because that’s one more spot taken that I have projected someone else to fill. Before Monday, my projected offensive line class was 4-star tackle Tommy Brown, who’s committed, and 4-star guards Jerome Carvin and Penei Sewell.
Brown isn’t going anywhere. He’s a legacy and wanted the Alabama offer for years. He’s locked in with this class. Carvin has told SEC Country that Alabama and Tennessee are standing out to him, but his best relationship is with the Volunteers staff. Sewell seems to be trending Alabama’s way, but the Crimson Tide staff is aware of the push by Oregon.
If Bell, who’s being recruited as a guard, jumps on board, which I’m fully expecting him to do, he would take Carvin’s spot in my projections. Carvin has been on the borderline on having a committable offer. I think Bell takes his spot now.
Sewell will have a spot waiting for him whenever he announces his decision, which is expected before the start of his senior season. That means a commitment could be coming later this month. His father told SEC Country after the family’s trip to Tuscaloosa in June that Alabama was going to be tough to beat.
“We, as a family, need to figure out which school is going to be the best option to help achieve his goals of making it to the NFL,” Gabriel Sewell said. “You do the math. I don’t have to tell you what school that may be.”
Four-star tackle prospects Nicholas Petit-Frere and William Barnes remain in the mix for Alabama, too, but both appear to be trending toward Florida at this time. Petit-Frere is the Tide’s top tackle target. According to sources close to the Florida program, the Gators feel confident with both players.
There’s also 4-star offensive guard Emil Ekiyor, who’s currently committed to Michigan. Ekiyor visited Tuscaloosa in July for the Champions Cookout and left with another favorable impression of the school. The Crimson Tide staff is confident it can get Ekiyor to flip down the road. He’s expected back on campus this fall for an official visit.
If Bell says yes on Monday, he would be the third commitment in the last week for Alabama, joining 3-star athlete Slade Bolden and 4-star Jack linebacker Cameron Latu.
It could be a very good month for Alabama on the recruiting trail. Four-star running back Asa Martin is expected to announce his commitment on Aug. 24, 3-star linebacker Vernon Jackson plans to reveal his decision on Aug. 26 and Sewell could decide by the end of the month, too.
Small note on Xavier Williams
Xavier Williams, a 4-star wide receiver from Chaminade-Madonna High School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), told SEC Country that his official visit to Alabama is set for the Tennessee game on Oct. 21. Williams is 100 percent firm with his commitment to the Crimson Tide and has become the unofficial leader of the team’s 2018 class. He’s consistently in the ears of other top recruits.
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