Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Roll Tide-ings, a rundown of everything happening in Alabama Crimson Tide recruiting with Chris Kirschner. Today, we discuss the latest with NFL legacy Jaycee Horn.
Horn getting familiar with Alabama
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Jaycee Horn has been around the game of football his entire life. His father, Joe Horn, was a star wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints of the NFL in the early 2000s. Now, Jaycee is making a name for himself on the recruiting circuit.
Alabama offered Horn, a 3-star cornerback from Alpharetta (Ga.) High School, last month. Despite his 3-star ranking, Horn has been one of the hottest recruits in the country over the past few weeks, picking up offers from Auburn, LSU, Ohio State and others, plus being named an Under Armour All-American.
Horn made a return trip to Alabama a little more than a week ago, where he spoke with coach Nick Saban, defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley. His favorite part of the trip was the honesty from the coaching staff.
“Most schools tell you that you’re the No. 1 cornerback on their board,” Horn told SEC Country. “That’s ‘bulljunk’ anyway. I appreciate Alabama for keeping it real with me.”
The Crimson Tide informed him that he’s wanted by the staff, but Horn wasn’t told that he’s the top corner in the Class of 2018 for them. He still feels wanted by the coaches. That’s evidenced by how often Alabama is keeping in touch with him. Horn said he hears from Ansley at least four times a week. The more a school communicates with a recruit, it tells you how high the coaching staff views that prospect.
Alabama isn’t the school that communicates with him the most, though. That distinction goes to Tennessee, and the Volunteers have Butch Jones himself in touch with Horn. That has certainly attracted Horn’s attention.
“I talk to coach Jones every day. We text every single day,” Horn said. “That matters a lot to me because I want to make sure I’m wanted and needed at the school I pick. Tennessee makes me feel that way when I talk to coach Jones and when I have visited there.”
When asked if Alabama makes him feel “wanted and needed,” Horn responded immediately. For one, the Tide didn’t sign any cornerbacks in the Class of 2017, so the position is of extreme importance in this year’s cycle.
“I definitely feel like I’m wanted at Alabama,” Horn said. “They didn’t sign any cornerbacks in the Class of 2017, so I feel like a lot of corners out here are feeling wanted by Alabama.”
The 6-foot-1, 173-pound prospect said he’s been to Tuscaloosa around five times now. He said he’s already familiar with the atmosphere around Tuscaloosa. His most recent trip there was to get face time with the coaching staff, which he did.
Saban and Ansley told Horn about their track record with sending defensive backs to the NFL. It’s something Horn already knows. He said he’s been watching Minkah Fitzpatrick closely these past few years and Dre Kirkpatrick when he was at Alabama.
“I’ve been following them since I was a little kid,” Horn said. “I’ve always loved Alabama.”
Horn said he’s not sure when he’ll make a commitment, but he said it could possibly happen this summer. He wants to take all five official visits this fall. Horn will visit Ohio State for its spring game on April 15 and possibly Tennessee’s on April 22, which is the day of Alabama’s.
But he’ll be back in Tuscaloosa.
“If I was to take my officials right now, Alabama would definitely get one,” Horn said. “It’s Alabama. They’re one of the best teams. They’re in the best football conference. Their coaches send guys to the NFL all of the time. I feel like I can become the best player I can be at Alabama.”
Jobe returns to Tuscaloosa
Josh Jobe, a 4-star Miami cornerback commitment, was back in Tuscaloosa on Thursday. It was Jobe’s first visit back to Alabama since last summer.
Jobe nearly flipped from the Hurricanes to the Crimson Tide last summer. He also, at one point, said Alabama was his No. 1 school … while still committed to Miami. He’s from South Florida, and if you follow recruiting closely, you’d know that shenanigans and trolling from South Florida kids is not uncommon. But Jobe’s interest in Alabama is legit.
What the Crimson Tide have going for them is the fact that he’s very close with Alabama 4-star wide receiver commit Xavier Williams, who is working Jobe hard. Williams told SEC Country that he’s going to be the alpha dog of the Class of 2018 when it comes to rounding up other elite prospects.
Jobe will play his senior season at Cheshire Academy in Connecticut because he turns 19 before Sept. 1. That’s the cut-off date for high school sports eligibility in the state of Florida. The good news there is he won’t be able to take frequent trips to Miami anymore once he leaves for boarding school.
Jobe, who’s rated as the nation’s No. 10 cornerback, is one of the Tide’s top defensive targets regardless of position. He’s definitely one to watch closely over the next few months.