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 an elite quarterback committed to Florida.
Matt Corral will visit Alabama this weekend
SEC Country reported on Wednesday that 4-star Florida quarterback commit Matt Corral would “possibly” visit Alabama this weekend for an official visit. According to a source close to the program, Corral will visit Tuscaloosa. Corral has a playoff game Friday at 10 p.m. ET against Mater Dei. He is expected to arrive in Tuscaloosa at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday. Alabama’s game against Mercer kicks off at noon ET.
This will be Corral’s first visit to any program other than Florida since committing to the Gators during the summer.
Before he chose Florida, Corral had a top 3 of Alabama, Florida and Georgia. The Bulldogs received a commitment from the nation’s No. 1 overall recruit in 5-star quarterback Justin Fields, and the Tide remain without a quarterback in the 2018 class.
We were told that communication between the Alabama staff and Corral continued after his commitment to Florida, but it was never anything serious where the Tide were pushing for a flip. Talks between the two parties only increased after Florida decided to part ways with coach Jim McElwain.
Despite the ramped up communication with Corral, Alabama is still waiting to see what 4-star Ohio State quarterback commit Emory Jones does. He remains the priority target. Corral doesn’t have a spot in the Tide’s class until Jones makes up his mind on whether he wants to flip from the Buckeyes.
And, to be clear, Alabama hasn’t given Jones an ultimatum on when he has to let the coaching staff know if he wants to commit or not. The Tide are going to wait for Jones to make his decision before deciding on a backup option.
As of last check, Jones was on track to graduate high school early and enroll at the college of his choice in January. With the early signing period starting on Dec. 20 and lasting through Dec. 22, we should know what Jones plans to do in the coming weeks.
Intriguing name to know
Alabama has its eyes on several defensive linemen in the Class of 2018, and there’s another player who fans should follow.
Casey Rogers, a 3-star defensive end from Avon (Conn.) Old Farms, has scheduled an official visit to Tuscaloosa for the weekend of Dec. 15. Rogers doesn’t have an offer from the Crimson Tide yet, but he was in Tuscaloosa for camp this past summer where he worked out as a defensive end, outside linebacker and tight end.
Rogers is an intriguing prospect because he was originally committed to play lacrosse at Syracuse, where his dad is an assistant coach on the staff. But Rogers decided to focus on football and reclassified from a 2017 prospect to a 2018 prospect in order to get more time to develop on the football field.
He’s already fully qualified and can enroll at his college of choice in January or this summer. He hasn’t decided when he will enroll likely because he’s waiting to see which schools offer him a scholarship.
Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll visited Rogers’ school during the Tide’s bye week, and Alabama has remained in touch since then.
Other defensive line targets to know include:
• Christian Barmore, a 4-star defensive tackle from Neumann Goretti High School (Philadelphia), is a name to know. Alabama is expected to bring him in for an official visit after the season.
• Tyler Friday, a 4-star defensive tackle from Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.), has started to receive lots of attention from Alabama. The Tide are hoping to bring him to campus for an official visit next month. He announced a top 5 of Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and UCLA earlier this month. That can always change.
• Caleb Tremblay, a 4-star junior college defensive tackle from American River Community College (Sacramento, Calif.), is expected to take an official visit to Alabama next month.
• Mike Williams, a 3-star prospect from Louisiana, was in Tuscaloosa for the LSU game. Alabama has started to recruit him strongly.
• Andres Fox, a 3-star defensive end from Mobile (Ala.), is a major target for the Tide. I expect him to choose Alabama when he commits.
The Tide also have a commitment from 4-star prospect Stephon Wynn.
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