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 and the last day of the Tide’s camp.
Commitment watch on for Jerome Carvin?
Ever since 4-star outside linebacker Jordan Davis committed to Alabama in December, Jerome Carvin has heard a familiar message from his “blood brother” almost every single day: When are you going to join me in Tuscaloosa?
Carvin, a 3-star offensive lineman from Cordova (Tenn.) High School, is one of the Crimson Tide’s top guard targets in the Class of 2018. He’ll visit Tuscaloosa again this weekend as one of many elite recruits in attendance for the Champions Cookout on Friday. Carvin will make the trip with Davis, and the pair plan to spend the entire weekend in Tuscaloosa.
With this being his sixth trip to Alabama, Carvin said he’s already seen everything he’s wanted to. So, is a commitment from Carvin to be expected this weekend? If so, he’s not giving up any hints.
“If everything goes well, it’s possible, but I’m not sure right now,” Carvin said. “I’m not planning on committing this weekend, but we’ll see.”
— JEROME CARVIN7️⃣4️⃣ (@JeromeCarvin) July 18, 2017
The reason why there’s some hesitancy on Carvin’s end is because of the in-state school. Tennessee’s coaching staff is in touch with Carvin every day. His best relationship with any coaching staff is with Tennessee. To show just how often he’s talking with the Vols, read the following quote from Carvin.
“I talk to Coach Butch Jones a lot,” Carvin said. “He’s on vacation right now, so I haven’t talked to him in a few days.”
Carvin knows when Tennessee’s coach is on vacation. He’s obviously a massive priority to the Volunteers, but he is also a priority to the Crimson Tide.
Carvin, who’s rated as the nation’s No. 29 tackle but is being recruited by Alabama as a guard, says he hears from Tide offensive line coach Brent Key every other day. He also talks with tight ends coach Joe Pannunzio often as he’s Carvin’s primary recruiter.
But his main relationship is with Key.
“He really just wants to develop me into one of the next great Alabama offensive linemen that they send off to the league,” Carvin said of Key’s message to him. “I definitely believe him. I truly believe that Alabama is the best team in the nation. It’s really just an honor to be recruited by them.”
The 6-foot-4, 325-pound prospect said Michigan and Mississippi State are also in the mix for him but “Alabama and Tennessee are really pushing me.” He broke down why he’d choose both of those schools if he were to commit today.
On Alabama: “The reason would be because of the dominance Alabama has every year. Just to be able to play for Coach Saban would be an honor. I feel he’s the greatest college football coach of all time — well, definitely one of them. I know if I committed to them, I’d be playing for a national championship almost every year.”
On Tennessee: “My relationship with the coaches is great. I’m close with Coach Jones and [offensive line] Coach [Walt] Wells. I know their commits really well. Cade Mays and Adrian Martinez are really on me hard.
Carvin, who would like to be an athletic director in the future, knows that Tennessee’s AD may have to make a tough decision at the end of the season this year if things don’t go well for the Volunteers.
Butch Jones’ seat is warm in Knoxville, but Carvin thinks his job is safe.
“I have definitely thought about it a few times, but I think Coach Jones is going to be there for a long time,” Carvin said. “I think Tennessee is going to have a great year this year. I’m not really worried about them.”
Alabama concluded its final day of camp on Tuesday. Here are some things I learned:
- Slade Bolden, the nation’s No. 16 all-purpose back, visited Tuscaloosa for camp and left with a committable offer. When Bolden released his top three of Alabama, LSU and TCU a few weeks ago, I called it another “hat on the table” situation. He didn’t have a committable offer at the time he released his top three, but Bolden performed at such a high level in Tuscaloosa that offensive coordinator Brian Daboll compared his game to New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman. That’s high praise. SEC Country was told that Bolden’s mother loved everything about the visit and her son is also being considered for the baseball team at Alabama, which works in the Tide’s favor. Bolden is now one to watch closely moving forward.
- Joseph Scates, a 4-star wide receiver from Ohio, de-committed from Michigan State in February two days after picking up an Alabama offer. He visited Tuscaloosa once again for camp, but he didn’t do enough to jump up the wide receiver board. He still doesn’t have a committable offer.
- LSU defensive back commit Nadab Joseph surprisingly showed up in Tuscaloosa for camp. Alabama should feel very good with where it stands for Joseph.
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