Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Roll Tide-ings, a rundown of everything happening in Alabama Crimson Tide recruiting with Chris Kirschner. After a busy 10 days, we talk the latest with who could potentially commit to Alabama next.
Predicting the next commitments for Alabama
Alabama picked up three 2018 commitments in the last 10 days in Slade Bolden, Jarrett Bell and Cameron Latu. Those commitments were expected for the Crimson Tide, but the question from fans to me immediately started pouring in my direct messages on Twitter. Who’s next?
Well, let’s get to that question now.
Asa Martin, 4-star RB, Decatur, Ala.
Martin will announce his commitment on Aug. 24 during a ceremony at his school. His finalists are Alabama, Auburn, Clemson and Florida. The in-state prospect is the Crimson Tide’s top target at the position now that 5-star running back Zamir White committed to Georgia. Since Martin was offered by Alabama in April, this recruitment has trended the Tide’s way. I expect Alabama to be the choice in 10 days. If Martin doesn’t choose the Tide, I don’t think the team will land a commitment at running back in the 2018 class.
Vernon Jackson, 3-star ATH, Boling, Texas
Jackson will announce his commitment two days after Martin, on Aug. 26. As with Martin, I expect Jackson to pick Alabama. This recruitment is a two-team race between the Tide and Texas A&M. Jackson visited Tuscaloosa last month for the first time, stayed for three days, and became familiar with the campus and coaching staff. Though 247Sports rates him a 3-star prospect, the staff is very high on Jackson’s athleticism and versatility. He plays quarterback in high school but is being recruited as an inside linebacker by Alabama. Jackson is so versatile that schools are recruiting him at quarterback, running back, defensive end and linebacker. It would be a big surprise if he chose anywhere other than Alabama.
Penei Sewell, 4-star OL, Saint George, Utah
SEC Country spoke with Sewell’s father, Gabriel, last week. He said he believes there’s a 75 percent chance his son commits before the month is over. If that’s the case, there are two options: Alabama and Oregon. I think the Crimson Tide are in good shape to land Sewell’s commitment because every time I’ve spoken to him or his father, they have said the ultimate goal is getting to the NFL and the final choice will be the school that puts him in the best situation to get there. There’s no doubt that Alabama has had more success at getting offensive linemen to the NFL than Oregon.
Nadab Joseph, 4-star CB, Hialeah, Fla.
Joseph de-committed from LSU last Thursday. That wasn’t a surprise. What was somewhat of a surprise was that he just didn’t go ahead and flip to Alabama at the same time. The Crimson Tide have felt confident in where they stand with Joseph for several months now. While he doesn’t have a set timeline for his decision, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Joseph jump on board sooner rather than later.
JJ Peterson, 4-star LB, Moultrie, Ga.
Peterson has told SEC Country that he wants to make his commitment after his senior season, but I really can’t see him waiting until then to announce. Alabama has led for months now, and I’m not really sure what he’s waiting on. He’s a major priority for the Crimson Tide and has been at the top of the linebacker board since Alabama assembled its wish list of 2018 recruits. Peterson is coached by Rush Propst at Colquitt County. Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and Propst are very good friends. Pruitt was Propst’s defensive coordinator at Hoover High School.
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