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 a 5-star tackle committed to LSU and one of the top defensive ends in the country.
Alabama makes big move with 5-star prospect committed to LSU
Kenyon Green hadn’t been talking much with Alabama prior to last weekend. He decided to make the drive from his hometown of Humble, Texas, to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to compete in the Crimson Tide’s offensive line/defensive line camp on Saturday.
Before he left, the Class of 2019 5-star tackle who’s committed to LSU picked up an offer from Nick Saban himself.
LSU is Green’s dream school, which is the reason why he committed to the Tigers the day they offered last year; however, he’s not locked in with his commitment just yet.
“I’m still committed, but I’m still looking,” Green told SEC Country. “Alabama is looking very nice right now. I just love how [offensive line] Coach [Brent] Key coaches his players, and I just love the program.”
Alabama, along with Baylor, Florida, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas and Texas A&M are the schools trying to flip Green from his commitment to LSU. Green said now that Alabama has offered him a scholarship, the Tide will be a contender for him until he makes his commitment.
— BIG KEN ™ (@K_Green_01) July 23, 2017
“It’s amazing to get offered from them,” Green said. “When I was sitting there with Coach Saban, I was just trying to stay straight-faced. Inside, I was extremely happy and just jumping up and down. I was just trying to stay serious because Coach Saban — that is a serious man right there.
“You’re just trying to stay focused because you want to pick up on every little detail he says. He knows what he’s talking about, so you just have to take it in and roll with it.”
The 6-foot-5, 315-pound prospect worked out for Saban and Key last weekend where they played Green at every position on the offensive line except center.
Green said he considers himself “an athlete” when it comes to the offensive line and believes he could play any position in college. The main thing that stood out to him on his first visit to Alabama was the level of competition there and how everyone has a common goal.
“Everyone there was just ready to work,” Green said. “I loved the intensity of the camp. There weren’t many breaks. All you do is just keep working and fighting to be that top guy. You just keep rolling there until you get tired. I love doing that.”
The nation’s No. 2 tackle in the 2019 class says he could possibly shut down his recruitment next summer after he analyzes how the schools he’s considering perform this fall.
That’s going to be important for Green because there are some unknowns with how LSU will do under its first full season with Ed Orgeron at the helm.
“That’s the main thing,” Green said when it comes to what the Tigers will need to do to keep him committed. “I need to see what Coach Orgeron does this year and see how LSU looks. LSU, since Les Miles was fired, is trying new things. They’re on a different path now. I think they’re going to do really well this season, but I think Alabama is going to do well, too, so it’s going to be tough.”
He expanded on his thoughts on Alabama.
“Nick Saban has been there for a really long time. It’s a good routine that they have at Alabama. It’s a cool thing to see. It’s like a recording at Alabama. You see the same thing over and over and over again.”
Another positive for the Tide’s chances at signing one of the elite offensive linemen in next year’s class is the environment of Tuscaloosa. Religion is very important to Green and he felt like the city meshed with his beliefs.
“I loved that they had so many churches surrounding the school,” Green said. “They were everywhere. I love that. I’m a Baptist, so it was awesome to see so many churches. The campus is just historical. It’s a nice place.”
While on the visit, Green spent the majority of his time hanging out with 2019 Alabama 4-star tackle commit Pierce Quick and major Tide target Clay Webb. Quick has become one of the team’s top recruiters. If he’s on campus and you’re a major recruit who Alabama wants, Quick will be in your ear.
“He was just telling me that a flip is going to happen,” Green said with a laugh. “He was pushing it. It’s cool that he thinks so highly of me that he wants to play with me. You know, I’m committed, but I’m still looking. I’m not locked in or anything. LSU isn’t my final school right now.”
Alabama has definitely positioned itself nicely for Green moving forward.
Top-10 DE picks up Alabama offer
Brandon Smith visited Tuscaloosa for the first time on Monday and left with an offer from the Crimson Tide.
Smith, a 2019 4-star defensive end from Louisa County High School (Mineral, Va.), spoke with Saban who gave him the verbal offer. After his first visit to Alabama, Smith can already envision himself in Tuscaloosa.
“I can definitely see myself there, but I am going to have to go back home and talk it over with my family,” Smith told SEC Country. “I went with my parents and little brother. They really think that Alabama would be a good fit for me.”
— Brandon Smith (@brand0n_smith12) July 25, 2017
The nation’s No. 10 weakside defensive end in the 2019 class said he’ll make a commitment before his senior season, so getting Smith on campus now is important for the Tide’s chances.
He doesn’t have an official top 5 or a leader right now but Smith named Alabama, Florida State, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Penn State as schools he’s strongly considering at the moment.
Expect the Tide to be a strong contender until a decision is made.
“I can definitely see them being in it until the end because of everything they have to offer as far as academics, football and just the type of good people around the campus,” Smith said.
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