Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Roll Tide-ings, a rundown of everything happening in Alabama Crimson Tide recruiting with Chris Kirschner. In this edition, we reveal the latest about the nation’s No. 2 defensive tackle, and a new QB to watch.
Michael Thompson to visit
Alabama signed two defensive linemen during the early signing period in 4-star prospects Stephon Wynn Jr. and Christian Barmore. The Crimson Tide also have a commitment from 4-star prospect Bobby Brown. The team would like to add at least one more defensive lineman to its 2018 class, and one name to watch in these final few weeks is Michael Thompson.
Thompson, the nation’s No. 2 defensive tackle from Parkway North High School (St. Louis), told SEC Country at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio that he will take an official visit to Tuscaloosa this month. The date for that trip isn’t set just yet.
“They’re recruiting me very hard,” Thompson told SEC Country. “They don’t lie to me. They keep it 100 [percent] with me. They don’t feed me [expletive] like other coaches do.”
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The Army All-American has already taken official visits to Southern California and Missouri. He’ll visit Miami on Jan. 26. Thompson isn’t sure if he’ll use his fifth and final official visit.
How is Thompson going to ultimately choose his college destination?
“How comfortable I am,” Thompson said. “That’s going to be the factor for me.”
Thompson will sign with his school of choice on National Signing Day on Feb. 7. Outside of Thompson, the Tide are recruiting 4-star defensive tackle Tyler Friday and 3-star defensive end Malik Langham.
New QB target to watch?
SEC Country was informed over the weekend that James Foster, a 4-star quarterback from Sidney Lanier High School (Montgomery, Ala.), is still being evaluated and doesn’t have a committable offer yet. Foster is down to Alabama, Florida State, LSU and Texas A&M. He grew up a Crimson Tide fan and Alabama is his dream school.
But a name Alabama fans should keep in the back of their pockets is Brock Purdy, a 3-star quarterback, according to 247Sports, from Perry High School (Gilbert, Ariz.).
The 6-foot-1, 197-pound prospect led his school to the state championship while throwing for 57 touchdown passes and 4,410 passing yards. He also rushed for 1,016 yards and had 10 touchdowns. Purdy was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in Arizona.
Purdy’s recruitment is still in its infant stages. The only FBS offers he claims are Boise State and Kansas. Expect Alabama coaches to evaluate Purdy further after the National Championship Game.
Purdy was offered a preferred walk-on spot by the Tide in December and he’s expected to visit Tuscaloosa on Jan. 26.
Alabama getting back in the mix for 2019 5-star LB
Owen Pappoe is the nation’s No. 1 outside linebacker in the 2019 class. Pappoe, a 5-star prospect from Grayson High School (Loganville, Ga.), has a top 2 of Clemson and Georgia, but Alabama is getting back in the mix.
“They’ve turned the recruiting up hard,” Pappoe told SEC Country. “[Outside linebackers] Coach Tosh [Lupoi] and before Coach [Jeremy] Pruitt left, they have just been on me hard. Now that Coach Pruitt is at Tennessee, I’m going to visit them [this] weekend.”
When asked if Pruitt’s departure is going to hurt Alabama’s chances with him, Pappoe said he’ll have to see who the Tide hire as their defensive coordinator before offering an answer.
“I want to see who they bring in first, and then I can answer that,” Pappoe said.
What can Alabama do at this point to overtake Clemson and Georgia as his top 2 schools?
“They just have to show me that they really want me,” Pappoe said. “It’s all about football there. I really just want to see what they have to offer.”
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