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 LSU commit Nadab Joseph, Texas wide receiver Tommy Bush and Tennessee offensive linemean Jerome Carvin.
Flip watch on for LSU DB commit?
Nadab Joseph visited Tuscaloosa last week. Before he left, the Crimson Tide extended an offer his way. That moment was more than a month in the making.
Joseph, a 4-star defensive back from Champagnant Catholic School (Hialeah, Fla.), told SEC Country that Alabama coaches have been in frequent contact with him for that duration of time. Once he visited, an offer was expected.
The nation’s No. 20 safety in the Class of 2018, according to the 247Sports Composite, is being recruited as a cornerback by Alabama. That’s important because it’s one of the team’s biggest, if not the biggest, positions of need.
Alabama’s top targets in this year’s class include: Tyson Campbell, Josh Jobe, Patrick Surtain Jr., Jalyn Armour-Davis, Kyler McMichael and Jaycee Horn. Joseph is working his way up the list. It should be noted that Alabama isn’t considered the favorite to land Campbell, Surtain and McMichael. Jobe is committed to Miami. So, it’s likely that a spot for Joseph is open to join the class.
With Alabama desperately needing some corners this year as Tony Brown and Anthony Averett will exhaust eligibility and Minkah Fitzpatrick is a likely candidate to declare for the NFL draft, the Tide need several corners to step in right away.
“Coach (Nick) Saban and (defensive backs) Coach (Derrick) Ansley talked to me about that a lot,” Joseph told SEC Country. “We went over the depth chart and they told me I’m one of the best they’ve seen and that I can definitely come in and compete to play early. It definitely gives me something to think about.”
Joseph committed to LSU in June of 2016. His commitment to the Tigers should be considered shaky at best. He told Jeff Sentell of DawgNation in March that he was ’82 percent’ committed. Which, as an aside, is hilarious because how does one classify that they are precisely 82 percent committed to something?
While he didn’t specify a percentage this go around, it’s clear that a de-commitment wouldn’t be a surprise in the near future.
“My recruitment isn’t shut down, and it can possibly open up completely soon,” Joseph said. “I will be taking all five official visits.”
To LSU’s credit, the Tigers still have Joseph on their commitment list because of defensive backs coach Corey Raymond. If Raymond wasn’t in Baton Rouge, Joseph likely would’ve de-committed by now.
“Coach Raymond has always been real with me,” Joseph said. “That’s my guy. But, I just don’t want to miss an opportunity somewhere else if I end up not feeling LSU is the right place.”
Joseph named several schools — not just Alabama — who have him thinking on his commitment. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound prospect said if any school had a “slight lead” for his services that it would be LSU.
“Alabama, Georgia, FSU and Oregon are right up there with LSU,” Joseph said. “LSU used to be way out in front, but I’ve been impressed with Georgia the last couple times I’ve been up there and I’ve always liked ‘Bama. I love the atmosphere in Tallahassee. Oregon — I like their staff. I just want to see the school.
“But, I would say ‘Bama and Georgia are right there with each other.”
One interesting factor for Alabama’s chances with Joseph is the fact that his legal guardian is one of Tide safety Ronnie Harrison’s cousins. Harrison and Joseph have a very strong bond. When Joseph visited last week, he spent a lot of time with Harrison. He’s also close with Deionte Thompson.
“Ronnie and I are very close, so I guess you can say like we are cousins,” Joseph said. “Ronnie and DT are on me hard. They’re telling me that they know I can come in and play. Ronnie would probably be leaving (next season), but it will be really fun to play with DT.”
Joseph acknowledged that Coach Raymond has asked Joseph several times on his status with his commitment to LSU, but he hasn’t pressured him to keep his word to the Tigers.
At this point, though, it would be a surprise if Joseph is committed to LSU by the end of summer. As for a possible de-commitment in the near future?
“It’s very possible,” Joseph said.
Texas wide receiver Tommy Bush high on Alabama
Tommy Bush, a 4-star wide receiver from Samuel Clemens High School (Schertz, Texas), wrapped up a southeastern tour of schools that included Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Tennessee and Vanderbilt over the weekend.
Bush, the nation’s No. 33 wide receiver in the Class of 2018, has been on the Crimson Tide’s radar for some time now; however, it’s unclear where he stands on the board at the position because in-state targets Justyn Ross and Seth Williams are the clear top dogs as far as X and Z receivers are concerned.
But, Bush said he’s talking to the Alabama staff several times a week.
“They are communicating with me quite often,” Bush told SEC Country. “I talk to Coach (Burton) Burns, the running backs coach, and Coach (Mike) Locksley, the wide receivers coach, and I’ve talked to Coach (Nick) Saban a couple of times, too. So, I talk to Alabama quite a bit.”
Bush is an interesting prospect because of his size and speed. He’s 6-foot-4, 193 pounds. There aren’t many wide receivers in the country bigger than him. He’s also been clocked at 4.47 seconds in the 40-yard dash, which is elite speed for a player at his size.
The Texas product isn’t anywhere close to making a decision. He said he would like to make a top 10 before his senior season begins, which is an indication of just how far away he is to really narrowing down his recruitment process. When he does make that list, though, Alabama will make the cut.
“The new offensive coordinator (Brian Daboll) is going to have a beautiful offense for Alabama,” Bush said. “It’s in the SEC. They have several wide receivers in the NFL. They’re definitely going to put you in the league. With Coach Saban there, you know that staff is going to be stable. It’s pretty easy to have interest in them.”
Saban has told Bush that if he did go to Alabama that they would like him at the ‘X.’ For context, that’s the position Cam Sims lines up at. Sims will be gone after this season, as will Robert Foster. Calvin Ridley is a likely candidate to declare for the draft, too.
But, there’s some depth at the position. Alabama signed four receivers in the Class of 2017. Tyrell Shavers would be the closest comparison to Bush in regards to size and speed. Shavers is 6-foot-6 and was clocked at 4.38 in the 40-yard dash.
Bush believes that the opportunity for significant playing time, though, is there for the taking if he did commit to the Tide.
“I feel like I could play a big role there,” Bush said.
Alabama remains in good position for both Justyn Ross and Seth Williams. If both of them end up choosing the Tide, it’s hard to imagine there being space for Bush, too. But if Alabama misses on either, it’s very possible Bush could be that next recruit the team strongly pursues.
Alabama makes top 10 for OL Jerome Carvin
Jerome Carvin, a 3-star offensive lineman from Cordova (Tenn.) High School, released his top 10 on Monday. Alabama, along with Arkansas, Auburn, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Tennessee were the SEC schools to make the cut.
I know some fans may grumble and say why is Alabama recruiting a 3-star offensive lineman, but the Crimson Tide really like Carvin’s game. He does hold a committable offer from Alabama, and I think that’s where he’ll commit when he makes his choice.
Carvin is being recruited as a guard and is expected to return to Tuscaloosa in July for Alabama’s camp. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him give a commitment at that time.
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