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 latest commitment.
Nadab Joseph finally commits to Alabama
In what seemed like an eternity, Nadab Joseph, a 4-star cornerback from Miami (Fla.) Norland High School, committed to Alabama over Georgia and LSU late Tuesday night after having an in-home visit with coach Nick Saban.
The reality was Joseph had been silently committed to the Crimson Tide since at least early November. He took a trip to Tuscaloosa on Nov. 4 for the LSU game. SEC Country was informed prior to him taking that official visit that he had already given his commitment to the Alabama staff.
Joseph was going to publicly announce his commitment to the Tide on Nov. 16 in an SEC Country exclusive video. The plan was to call Joseph on Skype from our studios here in Atlanta and announce his decision that way. It didn’t work out because we were going to film his decision at 6:30 p.m. ET, right after another weekly video segment we do and our time was limited. Joseph’s guardian told me he was training that day until 7:15 p.m, so filming was off. Joseph then tweeted big news was coming that same day. He was going to announce his commitment. He didn’t. He instead announced that he was going to commit on Monday, Nov. 20.
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The reason why he didn’t commit on Nov. 16 was because he wanted to visit Georgia that weekend for the Kentucky game. Georgia, along with LSU, were the other two schools he was considering. He ended up making the trip.
So, Monday came around and Joseph once again held off on making his commitment. He told me that he wanted to take a visit to LSU that weekend for the Texas A&M game.
Usually, when recruits decide to delay going public with their commitments, the coaching staff gets annoyed. According to a source close to the team, the staff was getting impatient with Joseph continuing to delay going public because he had said all along that Alabama was the school he was going to pick. He told me before he went to Athens that he was still going to choose the Tide. Some kids just like visiting schools as an uncommitted player.
Fast-forward to Tuesday night. Saban met with Joseph and his family in Miami. I’m sure Saban told him how he wanted him to make his commitment public before he left town. Joseph listened and the rest is history.
He will be an early enrollee, so that means he’ll be signing his letter of intent during the early signing period that begins on Dec. 20.
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