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 two 4-star cornerbacks who are strongly considering Alabama.
Jaycee Horn no longer committing this Saturday
After announcing he’d commit on July 15 between Alabama and South Carolina, 4-star Alpharetta (Ga.) High School cornerback Jaycee Horn has decided to back off his plans, he told SEC Country.
Horn doesn’t have a set date for when a commitment could come, but Tennessee has now entered the mix. The Volunteers were being considered before Horn announced his top 2, but they didn’t make the cut. Since he announced the Crimson Tide and Gamecocks were his final two choices, Tennessee’s staff turned up the heat to get back into the mix.
I still think Alabama is in good shape to land Horn, whenever he announces his commitment. He grew up a big Crimson Tide fan and the team has a serious need for corners after not signing any in the Class of 2017. His father, former NFL wide receiver Joe Horn, actually believes Alabama is the closest program you can get to being in the league.
“He thinks it’s the closest thing you’re going to get to the NFL, especially for a DB,” Jaycee Horn said to SEC Country in an interview. “They run an NFL type of defense. They play a lot of man to man. Nick Saban, you can debate on the fact that he’s the best DB coach in the nation right now.”
Alabama will make the cut for Tyson Campbell
Tyson Campbell is viewed as Alabama’s top cornerback target in the Class of 2018. When he trims his list to seven schools, four are certainly going to be on there, according to Campbell: Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and Ohio State.
Campbell, a 4-star prospect from American Heritage High School (Plantation, Fla.), hasn’t visited Tuscaloosa since he was going into his sophomore season. At the time, he wasn’t being recruited by the Crimson Tide. That has changed tenfold.
“I hear from Alabama almost daily,” Campbell said. “I talk to Coach Saban a lot, coach [Derrick] Ansley, I talk to them a lot. I plan on visiting them sometime in July.”
When in July isn’t known yet. Campbell said he’s planning on visiting Clemson on July 21. That’s the day Alabama would love to have him on campus because it is having its invite-only cookout event where the majority of its top targets will be present. Another potential visit day could be this Sunday for camp.
Either way, getting Campbell on campus this summer is important because, as stated above, Alabama needs several elite cornerbacks this year after signing zero in the last recruiting cycle. The nation’s No. 3 cornerback said that lack of depth could help the Tide’s cause.
“That can influence my decision,” Campbell said. “Early playing time, come in early, learn the system and get on the field.”
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound prospect said he’s planning on taking an official visit to Tuscaloosa this fall. Despite not visiting Alabama since he became a national recruit, Campbell has received face time with the coaching staff. Campbell attended a satellite camp at Florida International last month, where he spoke with Saban and defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt.
That visit definitely helped Alabama’s chances with Campbell, but he’s in no rush to make a decision.
“I’m just taking it day by day,” Campbell said of his recruitment. “It’s a fun process, but at the same time it’s a tough one. You’re making a decision that can dictate your future. Your life can change in the next three or four years, so I am taking my time to make sure I’m making the right decision.”
Ken Montgomery Jr. has Alabama in final four
Ken Montgomery Jr., a 3-star cornerback from Hillsborough High School (Tampa, Fla.), included Alabama, Ohio State, Penn State and UCLA in his final four schools. He’ll commit to one of those programs on July 27.
While the Crimson Tide may be in his final four, he cannot commit to them as of Monday. Montgomery is planning on attending camp in Tuscaloosa this Sunday, so maybe a good performance will shoot him up the board.
Armour-Davis, Campbell, Jobe, Surtain Jr. and Horn remain the priority cornerback targets.
July 27th I will be committing on @SpecSportsFL
Penn state 🔵
— Ken Montgomery Jr (@KenKensmiley5) July 8, 2017
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