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 prospect who could play offense or defense for Alabama.
Micah Parsons making his first visit to Tuscaloosa this weekend
Alabama will host one of its top overall targets in the Class of 2018 for the first time this weekend.
Micah Parsons, a 5-star defensive end from Harrisburg (Pa.) High School, will arrive in Tuscaloosa on Sunday and leave on Tuesday. That’s enough time for the Crimson Tide to gain some serious momentum in the nation’s No. 1 weakside defensive end’s recruitment.
Parsons is looking forward to seeing the hype of Alabama.
“I want to see what it’s all about,” Parsons told SEC Country. “All I’ve heard is Alabama is this and Alabama is that. Why aren’t you going to Alabama? Alabama is always the No. 1 contender for championships. I want to see their development, how can they benefit me, how can they use me because I’m a man who can be used in many ways besides defensive end.”
The 6-foot-3, 235-pound prospect is one of the best athletes in this recruiting cycle. So good that Alabama has actually shown interest in Parsons playing running back and Jack linebacker. Though he’s rated on defense, he does have potential on the offensive side of the ball, too. He helped lead his high school team to the state championship while rushing for 10 touchdowns in the postseason alone.
Still, Parsons doesn’t really know if the Crimson Tide is serious about his chance at playing running back if he did commit to the team. Even then, he’s aware of Alabama’s depth at running back.
“[Outside linebackers] coach Tosh [Lupoi] said we still [looking at you at] running back, but I’m thinking, ‘You’ve got Bo [Scarbrough], you’ve got Damien Harris, you’ve got Najee [Harris].’ I don’t know how that is going to go. Talk is cheap. They’ll tell you anything you want to hear.”
He’s right. Coaches, sometimes, say whatever to prospects in order to get them to commit. It happens all of the time. But, there are multiple schools that have told Parsons he would have the chance to play running back, too.
Parsons, who said he’s also considering Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Penn State and Ohio State, won’t make his commitment until January. Since de-committing from Penn State in April, the thought is Parsons will commit to Ohio State. After all, he did name his dog Brutus, which is the name of the Buckeyes’ mascot.
However, Ohio State is the only school he’s strongly considering that hasn’t offered him the opportunity to play both ways. Parsons has also said he believes his best fit on the next level is in a 3-4 defense, which is what Alabama runs. The Crimson Tide see him playing weakside defensive end and outside linebacker.
The Army All-American is fully aware of all the success Alabama has had at churning out draft prospects at linebacker over the years. It’s one of the main reasons why he’s so high on the Tide without ever stepping foot on campus yet.
“Top contenders, development, how they can endlessly put players in the No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 rounds of the NFL draft,” Parsons said of why he likes Alabama. “They always have top picks. Alabama’s just that team.”
Expect Alabama to become a serious contender for Parsons after this visit.
Two more names added to Champions Cookout list
SEC Country posted an early look at the recruits expected to be on campus next weekend for Alabama’s Champions Cookout, which is the Crimson Tide’s premier recruiting event of the summer. Every year Alabama gets the majority of its top targets on campus, and this year is no different.
When we posted the tentative list on Wednesday, two names weren’t listed that we should have included — 4-star Alabama defensive end/outside linebacker commit Jordan Davis and 3-star offensive guard Jerome Carvin. Davis told SEC Country late Wednesday night that he’ll be in Tuscaloosa next weekend and he’ll be bringing Carvin with him.
If Carvin does follow through with his plans to visit, he will be on commitment watch. He’s one of the team’s top offensive guard targets in this class.
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