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 the nation’s No. 1 weakside defensive end.
Alabama doesn’t seem like it’s in the race for Micah Parsons
Micah Parsons, a 5-star defensive end from Harrisburg (Pa.) High School, visited Tuscaloosa for the first time in July. He stayed on campus for three days, but it doesn’t seem like it’ll be enough to get him back on campus this fall for an official visit.
Parsons, the nation’s No. 1 weakside defensive end, spoke with Land of 10 Penn State recruiting reporter Tyler Donohue on Tuesday at his U.S. Army All-America jersey presentation.
The 6-foot-3, 235-pound prospect recently tweeted that he was going to be dropping a top 4 list soon, and it doesn’t seem like Alabama will make the cut if we read into his father’s comments.
“Our next visit is Nebraska [Oct. 6],” said Terrence Parsons, Micah’s father. “Then, we’re going to try to make it out to Georgia and then, hopefully, back up to Penn State. But the way the [Harrisburg] football season is, with games on Saturdays, it’s a struggle.”
Parsons has already taken an official visit to Ohio State and the Nebraska trip is the only one he has set right now. It seems like Georgia and Penn State are the other two teams that are likely going to be on that top 4 list when he decides to release it.
Is there any chance he can make it to Tuscaloosa this fall for a game?
“The Nebraska visit could be our last visit, depending if we can swing one down to Georgia. Other than that, it’s going to be too hard. I know [Alabama] reached out, but it’s just hard.”
While Parsons is ranked as the nation’s No. 5 overall player, SEC Country was told by a source that there are some people inside the Alabama program who are split on actually wanting him in this class due to maturity issues. One example of his lack of maturity was him tweeting that Ohio State should replace starting quarterback J.T. Barrett with Dwayne Haskins. Citing sources, Land of 10’s Jeremy Birmingham said there were several players in the OSU locker room who were “pissed” about Parsons’ tweet while he was in Columbus on his official visit paid for by the school.
It’s probably not wise to displease several players who could be your future teammates. Don’t get it twisted: If Parsons wasn’t as elite of an athlete as he is, the Buckeyes would just revoke his scholarship offer. Like Alabama, Ohio State can generally get whichever recruit it wants. The Buckeyes don’t need to put up with that nonsense. And that’s what Alabama is battling over right now. Is Parsons worth the potential headache he may be inside Alabama’s program, a program that is known for discipline?
I don’t know Parsons personally — but from what I’ve been told — he just doesn’t seem like he has the personality that would fit in a program such as Alabama’s.
Parsons is being recruited by Alabama as a Jack linebacker, which eases the pain of missing out on a player such as Parsons because the Crimson Tide are going to sign several elite players at the position. The Crimson Tide already have commitments from two Jack linebackers in 4-star prospects Jordan Davis and Cameron Latu. Alabama also is in the mix for 5-star Jack linebacker KJ Henry and 4-star prospects Adam Anderson and Eyabi Anoma.
Luke Ford plays 4 games with broken clavicle
The slogan “Built Ford Tough” really applies here for major Alabama tight end target Luke Ford.
Ford, the nation’s No. 2 tight end from Carterville (Ill.) High School, played the first four games of his senior season with a broken clavicle. That injury usually sidelines football players for the majority of the season, but not Ford. How does one continue playing through a serious injury like that?
“He had X-rays after the first game and either the radiologist missed it or there was swelling that kind of obscured it,” his father, Timothy, told DawgNation’s Jeff Sentell. “But after X-rays and an [orthopedic surgeon] visit [Tuesday], the fracture is clearly visible [from] four weeks ago and right now.”
Ford will be in a sling for about 4-6 weeks. He probably will be back in time for the Illinois state playoffs. His father said the teams recruiting him have been notified of his son’s injury.
If anything, having the ability to play through a broken clavicle will only salivate the mouths of all the coaches recruiting Ford.
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