Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Roll Tide-ings, a rundown of everything happening in Alabama Crimson Tide recruiting with Chris Kirschner. In this edition, we talk the latest with one of Alabama’s top wide receiver targets.
John Metchie committing soon?
John Metchie has taken official visits to both of his top schools, Alabama and Penn State, this month. Metchie says Michigan and Notre Dame are still in the mix, but official visits haven’t been set to either school. It’s likely that Metchie will choose either the Crimson Tide or Nittany Lions.
“The biggest difference to me is the culture of the two teams,” Metchie told SEC Country. “Penn State has more of a family-type of culture around the program. Obviously, Alabama has a family environment, too, but Penn State prides itself on being a family. Alabama is more about getting down to business and getting things done. I would say I am looking for a mix of the two.”
Metchie, who is one of Alabama’s top wide receiver targets in the 2019 class, made his first visit to Tuscaloosa last weekend with his mother accompanying him. The 4-star prospect from St. James School (Hagerstown, Md.) said his expectations of the visit were exceeded. He expected to see great facilities and great athletes, but what left a major impression was how much work goes into being one of the best teams every season.
The 6-foot, 185-pound prospect spent much of his time with his player host, wide receiver Jerry Jeudy, and the other receivers on the roster. He said the conversations he had with them were invaluable because he truly got to understand the time it takes to see the field and how the coaches always push the players.
He also spent time with wide receivers coach Josh Gattis, who has been recruiting him since his days at Penn State. Gattis has prioritized Metchie for about two years now, and that close relationship is a key factor for why Alabama is strongly in the mix.
“He told me I have a big opportunity there to always compete against the best every day in practice,” Metchie said of Gattis’ message. “That’s only going to make me that much better of a player.”
Gattis also broke down how he sees Metchie fitting in the Tide offense.
“The biggest question I needed answered was how I would fit into their scheme,” Metchie said. “They think I’m versatile enough to play any of the wide receiver positions. Because of my skill set and size, they see me being able to play inside or outside, depending on the play.”
Metchie said his mother, Joyce, also had her questions answered. He said that she liked what the school has to offer from an education standpoint — Metchie plans on majoring in communications — to the team’s plans on the field.
“She was really fond of Nick Saban with just how much experience he has and the way he talks about his team and players,” Metchie said. “She could tell that the players mean a lot to him.”
Now that he’s back in Maryland, Metchie plans to use the next few days to decide what his next step is going to be.
“It’s a difficult decision because of the relationships I have at both places,” he said. “I can’t go to both places, so it’s going to be tough.”
Don’t be surprised to see Metchie make his commitment by the end of the week. Alabama is my pick.
Interesting offer extended on Tuesday
Alabama offered Class of 2019 in-state quarterback Cornelious “Quad” Brown IV on Tuesday after his visit to Tuscaloosa. The Crimson Tide already have two quarterbacks committed in the 2019 class in 4-star prospects Taulia Tagovailoa and Paul Tyson.
So, why would the Tide offer Brown? There’s no way Alabama would take three quarterbacks in one class; however, Tagovailoa visited Tennessee over the weekend. I would think that this offer to Brown has to do with the Alabama staff not being pleased that Tagovailoa hasn’t shut down his recruitment if he’s taking visits elsewhere.
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