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 Miami defensive back commit Josh Jobe and Hurricanes wide receiver commit Mark Pope.
Flip watch on for Miami commit Josh Jobe?
Josh Jobe nearly flipped his commitment from Miami to Alabama a few months ago. The talk of him ultimately making that decision hasn’t died down. In fact, the thought of him going through with the flip has only gained more steam.
Jobe, a 4-star cornerback from Columbus High School (Miami), spoke with SEC Country’s Sam Spiegelman over the weekend to recap his visit to Tuscaloosa, which took place last week, and just where he stands with Alabama.
“It went really well,” Jobe said. “I really like the coaching staff and facilities they have there. I feel like I can be a part of the family there, so I wanted to see if it felt like home to me.”
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound prospect is one of the Tide’s most-wanted targets on the defensive side of the ball. Coach Nick Saban wasn’t pleased with the Tide not signing a true cornerback in the Class of 2017 when he spoke to the media on National Signing Day in February, so expect at least 3 corners in this class.
There aren’t many more important recruits to Alabama’s class than Jobe.
“They tell me how much they need me there, and it’s not all about football at Alabama,” Jobe said. “That means a lot to me. That’s important to me.”
One thing the Tide have going for themselves is the fact that Jobe is very good friends with Alabama wide receiver commit Xavier Williams. Williams told SEC Country shortly after committing to the Tide that he wants to be the alpha dog in the Class of 2018 and help Alabama land several more elite prospects. Williams has been working Jobe ever since his commitment in January.
Williams is expected to make the trip from South Florida to Tuscaloosa this weekend for A-Day and he’s trying to get Jobe to tag along. If Jobe makes it back to Alabama this weekend, flip watch will be on.
Even with his commitment to Miami, Jobe said the Alabama staff hasn’t talked much about it. The coaches just talk to him like any other prospect they want.
“They don’t focus on talking about other schools while I’m there,” Jobe said. “They’re just focused on talking about their home in Tuscaloosa and why I should be there.”
Can he see a future there?
“Yes, sir,” Jobe said emphatically.
Jobe will play his senior season at Cheshire Academy in Connecticut because he won’t be eligible to play high school football in Florida due to age restrictions. The nation’s No. 9 cornerback will turn 19 before Sept. 1, which is the cutoff date.
I expect Jobe to be part of Alabama’s Class of 2018.
Canes wide receiver commit still considering Alabama
A few months before Mark Pope committed to Miami in March, Alabama was considered the favorite to land the South Florida wide receiver. Once OL coach Mario Cristobal left for Oregon, the Crimson Tide lost all momentum mainly because of the coaching change and the immediate uncertainty of who would actually pick up the recruitment of players residing in South Florida.
Pope, a 4-star wide receiver from Miami Southridge High School (Hialeah, Fla.), told Spiegelman that the Tide have still kept in touch with him since his commitment to the Hurricanes.
“They texted me, ‘Good luck and I’m proud of you. You made a great decision for you and your parents,'” Pope said of Alabama’s message to him.
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound prospect says he will take an official visit to Tuscaloosa this fall. But it’s highly unlikely he backs off of his commitment to Miami.
“My decision was all off of academics,” Pope said. “Going to Miami, I get a private education. I just fell in love with it. The football part — I’m just trusting Coach (Ron) Dugans. He says he got me. I’m taking his word.”
Trip around Alabama
SEC Country’s Auburn recruiting reporter Benjamin Wolk and I will travel around the state this week to meet with Alabama’s top prospects.
You should expect comprehensive coverage of some of the Crimson Tide’s top targets in this space every day this week and throughout the day. Here are some of the following players that I expect to meet up with that Alabama has offered:
- 5-star wide receiver Justyn Ross (Phenix City)
- 4-star defensive tackle Coynis Miller (Birmingham)
- 4-star athlete Harold Joiner (Mountain Brook)
- 4-star safety Myles Mason (Pleasant Grove)
- 4-star cornerback Jalyn Armour-Davis (Mobile)
- 3-star defensive end Andres Fox (Mobile)
- 3-star quarterback James Foster (Montgomery)
- Linebacker Kevontae’ Ruggs — brother of Alabama signee Henry Ruggs (Montgomery)
- 2019 4-star quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa — brother of Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (Alabaster)
- 2019 4-star quarterback Bo Nix (Pinson Valley)
- 2019 4-star offensive tackle Pierce Quick (Trussville)
- 2019 4-star offensive guard Clay Webb (Oxford)