Soon after Max Wray de-committed from Georgia on March 10, the thought was that the elite tackle would commit to Alabama at some point. He decided to back off his pledge to the Bulldogs while visiting Tuscaloosa, so all signs pointed to him choosing the Crimson Tide.
That won’t be happening now.
Wray, a 4-star prospect from Franklin (Tenn.) High School, committed to Ohio State over Alabama on Saturday morning. The timing was surprising because he was expected to wait until May to make his decision.
Why did Max Wray commit to Ohio State? According to his father, Sam, "When you know you know, no reason to wait."
— Jeremy Birmingham (@Birm) April 15, 2017
The Tide were confident in where they stood with Wray after his visit last month, but the team lost steam after he took visits to LSU, Texas and Ohio State. The Buckeyes became the favorites after his trip to Columbus, and they never lost momentum.
Now that the Tide have lost out on 1 of their top tackle targets in this class, here are a few of the team’s top targets at the position: 5-star prospect Jackson Carman, 4-star prospect Nicholas Petit-Frere, 4-star prospect Reuben Unije, 4-star prospect Penei Sewell and 3-star prospect Rafiti Ghirmai.
Alabama signed 3 tackles in the Class of 2017, but it would like a few more in this cycle, too.