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 discuss the latest with top priority cornerback target Kyler McMichael and 2019 defensive back Trikweze Bridges.
Kyler McMichael says Alabama is a top school
Kyler McMichael is one of Alabama’s priority cornerback targets in the Class of 2018, along with Tyson Campbell, Josh Jobe, Patrick Surtain Jr., Jalyn Armour-Davis and Jaycee Horn. The Crimson Tide want to sign four defensive backs this cycle, according to a source close to the program, and the staff hopes McMichael is one of them.
The 4-star prospect from Greater Atlanta Christian School (Norcross, Ga.) told SEC Country that Alabama, Auburn, Clemson and Florida State are recruiting him the hardest. He’s very interested in the Crimson Tide.
“It’s definitely one of my top schools,” McMichael said. “I have been able to communicate with Derrick Ansley almost every day. They talk about how they talk about me all of the time up there. I definitely feel like a top priority to them. I love it.”
McMichael is a priority for Alabama. After signing zero cornerbacks in the Class of 2017, the Crimson Tide are strongly pursuing the names listed above to be anchors in their 2018 class.
“They want bigger press corners, so they see that out of me,” McMichael said. “That’s what I love — getting up on the line, pressing and being physical.”
Auburn and Clemson have emerged as front-runners for McMichael. He was originally going to commit before his senior season, but he will wait now and take official visits during the fall before making any decision.
Both of those programs have discussed the possibility of McMichael playing some offense as a running back or slot receiver. McMichael is one of the most gifted athletes in the Class of 2018. He’s been laser-timed in the low 4.4-second range in the 40-yard dash.
The 6-foot-1, 196-pound prospect also has been compared to one of Alabama’s best players.
“I did have one college coach who compared just his size and skill set defensively to like a Minkah Fitzpatrick,” Greater Atlanta Christian coach Tim Hardy told my colleague Jeff Sentell at DawgNation. “It was a knowledgeable SEC coach. So you just see he has all of that. The size. The length. The speed. He can really do some stuff.”
Fitzpatrick made an immediate impact in the Tide’s secondary as a freshman and likely will be drafted in the first round of next year’s NFL draft if he declares early.
McMichael, who’s rated as the nation’s No. 13 cornerback by the 247Sports composite, said he’s planning on visiting Tuscaloosa in the coming weeks. He estimated that he’s been to Alabama at least three times.
McMichael had 1,493 yards and 16 touchdowns rushing last fall and close to 2,000 total yards.
2019 DB Trikweze Bridges is a name to know
Trikweze (pronounced TRY-Quez) Bridges received an offer from Alabama in early May. It was a moment he was waiting for since he started watching football as a kid.
“It really was a dream come true because they were the team I grew up looking at,” Bridges told SEC Country. “I was proud and motivated to work even harder after that.”
Bridges, a 2019 safety from Lanett (Ala.) High School, was offered by defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley during the evaluation period. According to Bridges, via Lanett coach Clifford Story, Ansley offered the prospect because of his length and coverage skills.
The 6-3, 175-pound prospect grew up a fan of Alabama because the Crimson Tide have had “one of the best defenses since I’ve grown up.”
Bridges is not ranked in the 247Sports composite, but he does have offers from Florida, Kentucky and Louisville, among others. He’s also in no rush to make a commitment. The soon-to-be junior would like to commit during the early part of his senior year.
He knows what he’s looking for in his future college.
“I want to have a good relationship with the coaches, the school needs to have a good academic record and obviously, they need to help develop me as a player,” Bridges said.
He added his thoughts on Alabama: “I’m looking for a team that’s going to help me get into the [NFL] draft. They always have a lot of DBs that go into the draft. It’s definitely a good thing.”
If Bridges continues to improve, expect Alabama to be a factor until he commits.
Recent Arkansas de-commit visiting Alabama this weekend
Luke Ford, the nation’s No. 4 tight end from Carterville (Ill.) High School, de-committed from Arkansas on Saturday. Ford told SEC Country on Sunday that he’ll visit Tuscaloosa this Saturday for the team’s OL/DL camp.
Alabama was interested in Ford before he committed to Arkansas, so perhaps its interest will accelerate when Ford visits Tuscaloosa for the first time.
Alabama’s top tight end targets are Dominick Wood-Anderson, who is a junior college prospect, and Glenn Beal, a 3-star prospect from Louisiana. Both Wood-Anderson (Oregon) and Beal (LSU) seem to be trending away from Alabama, so getting Ford on campus is good news for the Tide.
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