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 an NFL legacy and a 4-star wide receiver from Florida.
Jaycee Horn still taking things slowly
Jaycee Horn, a 4-star cornerback from Alpharetta (Ga.) High School, took weekend trips to Alabama and Tennessee. Both schools, along with South Carolina, are finalists for one of the top corners in the country.
Horn, who is one of Alabama’s top cornerback targets, was originally expected to make his commitment earlier this month but now says that a decision will likely come near the start of his senior season this fall.
The son of former NFL Pro Bowl wide receiver Joe Horn has visited Tuscaloosa numerous times and actually is a passionate fan of the Crimson Tide. Because of the amount of visits he’s taken to Alabama, he didn’t learn anything new. Instead, he spent the majority of his time talking with current players.
“The best thing they really told me was that it’s just a family there,” Horn told SEC Country. “Also, you’re going to have to work each and every day. You’re going to compete against the best day in and day out.”
Coach Nick Saban and defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley reminded Horn of the opportunity he would have to play early if he did commit to Alabama. After this season, Tony Brown and Anthony Averett will have exhausted their eligibility and Minkah Fitzpatrick and Ronnie Harrison may declare early for the NFL draft.
That doesn’t mean that Alabama has an advantage over South Carolina or Tennessee, though, because he feels like he could make an immediate impact at any of those schools.
“Out of the three schools I’m looking at right now, I feel like I can start as a freshman at any of them,” Horn said. “So, now I’m looking at relationships and what coaches I feel more comfortable with.”
That’s where South Carolina has an edge over Alabama and Tennessee.
“The best relationship I have overall is with Coach T-Rob [defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson] at South Carolina,” Horn said. “I think the reason for that is we just click. He understands me really well.”
A source close to the Tennessee program told SEC Country on Sunday that the Volunteers believe Horn will wind up at Alabama if he has a committable offer. As of last check, he did. The Crimson Tide are targeting Horn, Tyson Campbell, Miami commit Josh Jobe, Patrick Surtain Jr. and Nadab Joseph, in addition to current commit Jalyn Armour-Davis. Surtain, the nation’s No. 1 CB, seems like a long shot for Alabama as everyone I’ve talked to about him says he’s as close as you can get to a lock for LSU.
On numerous occasions, Alabama and South Carolina have been Horn’s sole leader. Tennessee originally wasn’t one of the teams he was going to consider, but the Volunteers have been recruiting him as strong as they possibly can.
What can one of those teams do to separate themselves from the other?
“I mean, I really can’t tell you,” Horn said. “They are all in a good spot right now. I just want to make sure I’m 100 percent ready because I don’t want to commit, then de-commit. Right now, I feel like there’s not a wrong choice I can make. I don’t know what they could do to separate from one another.”
What to make of Jacob Copeland‘s accelerated timetable
There may not be a hotter team in recruiting right now than the Florida Gators. Florida has landed eight commitments in the past week and has risen 50 spots in the team recruiting rankings, according to 247Sports.
Florida doesn’t look like it’s going to lose momentum anytime soon, either.
Jacob Copeland, a 4-star wide receiver from Escambia High School (Pensacola, Fla.), was originally going to announce his commitment at the Under Armour All-America Game in January, but after a visit to Florida over the weekend, he has accelerated his timeline.
“I’m not going to wait that long,” Copeland told SEC Country. “I’m ready to make my decision.”
Usually, when a recruit advances his timeline to announce a commitment after a visit, good news is coming for that school. From talking with sources, it would be surprising if Copeland chose any other school but Florida when he announces his decision.
“Me and the coaches talk all the time,” Copeland said. “The relationship with them has always been good. I’ve been getting recruited by Florida since my freshman year and it’s always good being back.”
Copeland is a major Alabama slot wide receiver target, as evidenced by Saban personally escorting (not a Hugh Freeze joke) him into Bryant-Denny Stadium during A-Day after driving him there in his car.
I just don’t see him choosing the Crimson Tide when he makes his decision. Jaylen Waddle, a 4-star target who visited Tuscaloosa over the weekend, is a name to know at slot. That visit, according to sources, went very well.
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