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 Alabama’s official visitors from this past weekend.
Matt Corral was the star recruit on campus this past weekend
Alabama still doesn’t have a quarterback in its 2018 class, but don’t expect Florida quarterback commit Matt Corral to be that guy.
Yes, Corral’s visit went well, but a source close to Alabama told SEC Country that the Gators’ QB commit appears to be locked in with his pledge to Florida and likely won’t flip to the Crimson Tide, even if he was presented the chance to do so.
Right now, Corral remains a backup option for Alabama as the team waits to see what 4-star Ohio State quarterback commitment Emory Jones does.
The Tide still feel like they have a strong chance to flip him from the Buckeyes, but Jones doesn’t plan on making any decision on his recruitment until after his high school football season is over. Jones led Heard County to a win this past Friday with his 6-touchdown performance. You can watch the highlights from SEC Country here. Jones is expected to visit Auburn this weekend for the Iron Bowl. It will be another opportunity for him to see the Crimson Tide in person, which shouldn’t hurt Alabama’s chances at flipping him.
As far as Jones’ backup option is concerned, Corral’s father, Peter, told SEC Country prior to his son’s visit to Tuscaloosa that the trip had no significance.
“We’re just visiting. That’s all it is. It doesn’t mean anything,” Corral’s father said.
The Corral family will visit Gainesville this weekend for Florida’s game against Florida State.
Another Florida commit also was in Tuscaloosa this past weekend for an official visit. Divaad Wilson, a 3-star cornerback from Northwestern High School (Miami), took his first trip to Tuscaloosa this fall and left with a verbal offer.
Despite the Tide offering Wilson, he remains a backup option for the team. Alabama still feels good about where it stands with 5-star prospect Tyson Campbell and 4-star prospects Josh Jobe, Saivion Smith and Nadab Joseph, who we’ll talk more about in a second. Alabama also has a commitment from 4-star prospect Jalyn Armour-Davis.
The Tide also hosted 3-star offensive tackle Daniel Faalele, who stands at 6-foot-8 and weighs 400 pounds (not a typo). Like the other two official visitors, Faalele also doesn’t have a committable offer. Alabama has two offensive linemen committed in 4-star tackle Tommy Brown and 4-star center Emil Ekiyor. The Tide are strongly recruiting 4-star tackles Penei Sewell and Nicholas Petit-Frere. Do not expect the Tide to pursue Faalele even if the team misses on Sewell and Petit-Frere.
So, about Nadab Joseph’s delayed announcement
Joseph was supposed to announce his commitment on Monday. He didn’t.
Joseph was almost assuredly going to choose the Crimson Tide if he went through with his commitment on Monday. The cornerback target is down to three schools: Alabama, Georgia and LSU. He visited Georgia this past weekend for the Bulldogs’ game against Kentucky.
This is now the second time in five days that Joseph has decided to delay his commitment. He was going to announce this past Thursday in a video with SEC Country but decided not to because he wanted to visit Athens.
The Alabama staff was not happy with Joseph’s decision to visit Georgia. It’s very likely that the nation’s No. 21 cornerback has given a strong indication to the Tide that he wants to play for them, which explains why the staff wouldn’t have been happy with him delaying his decision because he wanted to take another visit.
And, he may not be done with visits just yet. Joseph told SEC Country that he will likely visit LSU this weekend for the Tigers’ game against Texas A&M.
I asked a source if it would come to a point where Alabama would move on from Joseph and give his spot to someone else, if he continues to delay his decision. That’s not the case. Joseph has a spot whenever he wants to commit, but there’s definitely some growing frustration with him.
I still expect Joseph to choose Alabama whenever he decides to commit.
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