Alabama currently has the nation’s No. 26 recruiting class and the eighth-best in the SEC, according to the 247Sports composite. The Crimson Tide only have 10 commitments, so for them to be ranked that highly shows how elite this class already is.
Nick Saban said the team can only sign 22 Class of 2018 recruits because of the delayed enrollment in the 2017 class of tackle Hunter Brannon, kicker Joseph Bulovas and defensive end Jarez Parks. Brannon and Bulovas were blueshirted and Parks was greyshirted.
How will Alabama fill out the rest of its 2018 class on the offensive side of the ball? Here are SEC Country’s latest projections:
*-indicates current commitment
QB: Tanner McKee
Analysis: Tanner McKee makes a lot of sense for where Alabama’s quarterback recruiting efforts are. The team’s depth chart at the position is very young with sophomore Jalen Hurts and freshmen Tua Tagovailoa and Mac Jones. That situation is not very appealing for any 2018 quarterback, except McKee. He’ll do a two-year Mormon mission trip after graduating from high school, which effectively makes him a 2020 prospect. That means the current depth chart will play zero factor for McKee when he makes his decision. Alabama is recruiting McKee very strongly and he has told SEC Country he can see himself playing for the Tide. He will take an official visit to Tuscaloosa on Nov. 4 for the LSU game.
Confidence level: 30 percent
RB: Asa Martin
Analysis: Since Asa Martin picked up an offer from Alabama at A-Day, the Crimson Tide have gained significant steam with the in-state prospect. Before he got his offer, he told SEC Country he didn’t think he fit in the Tide’s offense. He has changed his mind on that. He’ll announce his commitment on Aug. 24. He’s down to Alabama, Auburn, Clemson and Florida, and all signs are pointing to Alabama right now. The Gators added a commitment from former Tide running back commit Dameon Pierce, so that’s one less team in the mix for Martin. Auburn felt good with where it stood with Pierce, so I would expect the Tigers to turn up the heat these next 10 days.
Confidence level: 75 percent
Analysis: Justyn Ross is Alabama’s top outside wide receiver target. Most people believe his recruitment will come down to Alabama and Auburn. Clemson is a big threat, too. His mother is an Alabama fan and the team has done a very good job at developing a relationship with her.
Jaylen Waddle is a new name for our predictions. He is Alabama’s top slot receiver target. Waddle, from Bellaire, Texas, has visited Tuscaloosa twice in the past few months. One source told SEC Country that Waddle’s family has warmed up to the idea of playing for the Tide. Florida State and Texas A&M are big threats.
Xavier Williams is committed to Alabama and hasn’t made any intentions of changing his commitment. He’s actively recruiting for the Crimson Tide.
Confidence level: 60 percent
TE: Luke Ford
Analysis: Luke Ford makes his debut in our projections after Dominick Wood-Anderson committed to Texas. Wood-Anderson had told the Alabama staff the morning of his commitment that he was going to choose the Crimson Tide only to commit to the Longhorns. Ford has said that Alabama leads for him, and that hasn’t changed, but he is also considering Georgia. He has said that he wants to play with 5-star quarterback Justin Fields in college. If Fields chooses Georgia, Ford to the Bulldogs becomes a strong possibility.
Confidence level: 55 percent
Analysis: Jarrett Bell committed to Alabama on Aug. 7, earning an offer from the Tide in July after a dominant performance at camp. Bell will either play center or guard in college.
Tommy Brown’s father, Vince, graduated from Alabama in the early 1980s. Once Tommy got his offer from his father’s alma mater, it was only a matter of time before he committed, which he did July 21. He won’t be flipping.
While Penei Sewell won’t say it publicly, this is truly an Alabama-Oregon race. Sewell’s father has said his son is looking for the school that will give him the best chance of making it to the NFL. The Crimson Tide have sent more offensive linemen to the league than the Ducks.
Confidence level: 85 percent
ATH: Slade Bolden*
Analysis: Slade Bolden committed to Alabama on Aug. 3. He likely won’t take visits elsewhere.
Confidence level: 99.9 percent
Check back on Tuesday to see how the defensive class could possibly look come signing day.
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