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 expected official visitors this weekend.
Another big recruiting weekend on deck for Alabama recruiting
We’re just 12 days away from the start of the early signing period. Alabama will host several top targets and commits this weekend on official visits. It should be an interesting weekend because every target and commit expected to visit are all defensive players excluding punter Skyler Delong, and the Tide just lost defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt to Tennessee.
Here is a breakdown of who’s expected to visit this weekend and where their recruitment stands as of Friday:
Alabama targets visiting this weekend
Eyabi Anoma, 5-star defensive end, St. Frances Academy (Baltimore)
Eyabi Anoma has been a major target for Alabama for several months. The Tide are recruiting him as a Jack linebacker. Though he’s from Maryland, he’s visited Tuscaloosa multiple times and Alabama has been considered the team to beat now for several months.
Anoma has planned to announce his decision on National Signing Day in February but the Tide would love to get him on board this weekend. Alabama is competing with Maryland and Michigan for Anoma.
Christian Barmore, 4-star defensive tackle, Neumann Goretti (Philadelphia)
Christian Barmore has risen quickly on Alabama’s board at defensive tackle. He’s arguably the top target now at the position. Coach Nick Saban and defensive line coach Karl Dunbar visited Barmore in Philadelphia on Monday.
Defensive tackle is one of the key positions of need for the Tide this cycle, and Alabama would love to land Barmore’s commitment. It likely will come down to Alabama and Georgia when he makes his decision.
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Andres Fox, 3-star defensive end, Mobile Christian (Mobile, Ala.)
Pruitt was Andres Fox’s primary recruiter before he left for Tennessee, but just how much his departure from Alabama means to Fox’s recruitment remains to be seen.
While Pruitt heavily recruited Fox, I really don’t think his departure means much to Fox just because he grew up a major fan of the Tide and his parents have previously said that they want him at Alabama. If Fox chooses Alabama, he’s going to choose it for the school and not just because of a coach.
Anthony Lytton, 4-star cornerback, Dr. Henry Wise (Upper Marlboro, Md.) — committed to Florida State
Just how much Anthony Lytton is being pursued by Alabama is unknown. There was some interest on the Tide’s side before he committed to Florida State, but I’m not sure where Lytton stands on the defensive back board as of now. The team’s top targets at cornerback are Jalyn Armour-Davis, Nadab Joseph, Saivion Smith, Tyson Campbell, Josh Jobe and Patrick Surtain Jr. Armour-Davis, Joseph and Smith are already committed to the Tide.
Alabama commits visiting this weekend
Jalyn Armour-Davis, 4-star cornerback, St. Paul’s Episcopal (Mobile, Ala.)
Like with Andres Fox above, Pruitt was Jalyn Armour-Davis’ primary recruiter; however, Armour-Davis is locked into his commitment. He hasn’t visited any other schools since deciding on the Tide in June.
Skyler Delong, 3-star punter, Nation Ford (Fort Mill, S.C.)
Skyler Delong may have the biggest impact on Alabama next year out of every Class of 2018 commitment because the team’s current punter, JK Scott, will exhaust his eligibility after the end of this season. Delong hasn’t visited any other school since committing to Alabama in the summer.
Cameron Latu, 4-star linebacker, Olympus (Salt Lake City)
Cameron Latu has visited Alabama numerous times this fall, even though he lives in Utah. His mother works for Delta Air Lines, so Latu is able to travel for free thanks to free flights. Latu hasn’t completely shut down his recruitment. He has expressed his desire to take official visits to Southern California and Utah, but he is locked in with Alabama.
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