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 one of Alabama’s top defensive back targets.
Nadab Joseph set to commit on Monday now
Nadab Joseph, a 4-star cornerback from Miami (Fla.) Norland High School, announced at 5:54 p.m. ET on Thursday that he was going to release big news at 7:30 p.m. ET. That big news was going to be a commitment to either Alabama, Georgia or LSU.
An hour later, the plan changed to Joseph announcing that he was going to make his commitment this Monday at 3:30 p.m. ET.
So, how did he go from planning to commit on Thursday to pushing it off until Monday?
SEC Country was told that Georgia has been trying to get Joseph to visit Athens before making his commitment. He’ll do that this weekend. Joseph will be at UGA for the Bulldogs’ game against Kentucky. That means Georgia will get the last visit before Joseph announces his decision.
A lot of the times in recruiting that last visit is important because recruits are easily wowed by the last thing they see. I don’t think this will be the case with Joseph when he releases his decision on Monday.
Joseph de-committed from LSU in August. That didn’t come as a surprise. What did come as a surprise was him just not flipping to Alabama. The Crimson Tide were trending for two months prior to him reopening his recruitment.
I don’t think much has changed since then. Joseph visited Tuscaloosa for the LSU game. That trip was said to have gone great for the nation’s No. 21 cornerback. Sources close to the Alabama program remain confident that Joseph will still choose the Tide on Monday despite visiting one of his finalists this weekend.
My prediction also is Alabama. I’d be shocked if he ended up choosing Georgia after this visit.
Outside of Joseph, the Tide are in good shape to land several other corners such as 5-star prospect Tyson Campbell, 4-star Miami commit Josh Jobe and 4-star junior college prospect Saivion Smith. Alabama also has a commitment from 4-star corner Jalyn Armour-Davis.
Another interesting offer out for Alabama
John Bolding, a 2-star offensive guard from Klein Oak High School (Spring, Texas), reported an offer from Alabama on Thursday. Bolding is currently committed to Florida International.
This offer is interesting because of who Bolding’s brother is. Bolding is the younger brother of the nation’s No. 3 junior college defensive tackle, Tayland Humphrey. Humphrey and Bolding want to play for the same school next season. Humphrey, who’s currently at Hutchinson Community College (Kansas), received an offer from the Tide back in April. Alabama did have some interest in Humphrey back in the spring.
Since then, Alabama has missed on two major DT targets in 4-star prospects Bobby Brown, who committed to Texas A&M, and Coynis Miller, who committed to Auburn.
It’s an extremely thin year at defensive tackle in the 2018 class. But, right now, Humphrey is still just considered a backup plan. This offer to Bolding is likely just Alabama making sure it has a plan in place if a disaster happens and the team continues to miss on several options. Right now, the top 2 defensive tackle targets to know are:
• Christian Barmore, a 4-star defensive tackle from Neumann Goretti High School (Philadelphia), is a name to know. Alabama is expected to bring him in for an official visit after the season.
• Tyler Friday, a 4-star defensive tackle from Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.), has started to receive lots of attention from Alabama. The Tide are hoping to bring him to campus for an official visit next month. He announced a top 5 of Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and UCLA earlier this month. That can always change.
The team also has a commitment from 4-star prospect Stephon Wynn.
Alabama is expected to host three official visitors this weekend for its game against Mercer. Matt Corral, a 4-star quarterback who’s committed to Florida; Divaad Wilson, a 3-star cornerback who’s committed to Florida; and Daniel Faalele, the 6-foot-8, 400-pound mammoth from Australia, are expected on campus.
The three of them aren’t major targets for the Tide at this time. The team will need to miss on some corners for Wilson to get a committable offer and ‘Bama will need to miss on both 4-star offensive tackles Penei Sewell and Nicholas Petit-Frere for Faalele to receive a spot.
This will be Corral’s first visit to any program other than Florida since committing to the Gators during the summer.
Before he chose Florida, Corral had a top 3 of Alabama, Florida and Georgia. The Bulldogs received a commitment from the nation’s No. 1 overall recruit in 5-star quarterback Justin Fields, and the Tide remain without a quarterback in the 2018 class.
We were told that communication between the Alabama staff and Corral continued after his commitment to Florida, but it was never anything serious where the Tide were pushing for a flip. Talks between the two parties only increased after Florida decided to part ways with coach Jim McElwain.
Despite the ramped-up communication with Corral, Alabama is still waiting to see what 4-star Ohio State quarterback commit Emory Jones does. He remains the priority target. Corral doesn’t have a spot in the Tide’s class until Jones makes up his mind on whether he wants to flip from the Buckeyes.
While he’s not taking an official visit, Jacob Copeland, the 4-star wide receiver committed to Florida, is expected back in Tuscaloosa this weekend. Copeland will likely flip to Alabama by the end of December.
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