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 several Alabama targets expected to announce during the early signing period.
Alabama poised to land several players during early signing period
The inaugural early signing period begins on Wednesday. Recruits across the country will take advantage of the new three-day window to sign their National Letter of Intent. Alabama currently has 16 commitments, and only two of them aren’t planning on signing early: 4-star linebacker Quay Walker, who is still considering Auburn and Georgia, and 3-star tight end Michael Parker, who is likely going to be a blueshirt or greyshirt.
Alabama is expected to gain several more recruits on Wednesday. Here are my projections on where I think the Tide’s top targets are signing:
Eyabi Anoma, 5-star DE, Baltimore
Eyabi Anoma’s recruitment has been trending toward Alabama for several months now. There hasn’t been a point from talking to people close to Alabama that the team was concerned on losing out on the nation’s No. 7 overall player, according to the 247Sports composite. Maryland and Michigan are the other teams in the mix here, but after Anoma took an official visit to Tuscaloosa earlier this month, we were told that he gave a strong indication to the staff that he was going to choose Alabama when he signed. With him deciding to sign during the early signing period, I definitely think that benefits the Tide.
Anoma will sign at 2 p.m. ET.
Christian Barmore, 4-star DT, Philadelphia
Christian Barmore shot up Alabama’s and other Power 5 schools’ wish lists during the past few months. He took an official visit to Alabama earlier this month. He wasn’t expected to sign during the early signing period entering this week. With him now choosing to do so, I can’t see him choosing any school other than Alabama.
Barmore will make his decision at 2 p.m. ET.
Brenton Cox, 5-star DE, Stockbridge, Ga.
Brenton Cox will make his decision between Alabama and Georgia at around 3 p.m. ET. His signing ceremony will air live on ESPNU. Cox de-committed from Ohio State shortly after taking an official visit to Tuscaloosa earlier this month. Since then, he’s visited Georgia twice, including this past weekend for an official visit. Those close to the Bulldogs have supreme confidence in him choosing UGA, but from talking to people close to Alabama, it doesn’t seem like Georgia should have all the confidence in the world. Cox has still kept in contact with the Tide staff and hasn’t given any indication to either program on what he’s going to do. He has visited Athens more than 10 times and Tuscaloosa roughly five. Just because he’s visited Athens so many times doesn’t mean that’s where he’s headed. Derrick Brown, a 5-star defensive tackle in the 2016 class, visited Athens more than 10 times, too, and signed with Auburn. I still think Georgia wins out in the end, though.
Emory Jones, 4-star QB, Franklin, Ga.
We still don’t know what exactly happened between Alabama and Emory Jones. The Tide looked like they were going to add Jones to their 2018 recruiting class until this past weekend when he took official visits to Florida and Florida State. Jones had told SEC Country on multiple occasions that early playing time wasn’t important to him. He was planning on redshirting if he went to Alabama or Ohio State, the school he’s still technically committed to. A source told SEC Country over the weekend that Alabama was pretty much out of the race. James Foster, a 4-star quarterback from Sidney Lanier High School (Montgomery, Ala.), will become the team’s focus at the position now.
Jones will sign at 11:30 a.m. ET.
Dominick Wood-Anderson, 4-star TE, Yuma, Ariz.
Dominick Wood-Anderson has been all over the place with his recruitment, and that’s where we are today. He shockingly committed to Texas earlier this year, has silently committed to at least four programs and told coach Nick Saban the day he selected the Longhorns that he was going to choose the Tide. That hasn’t stopped Alabama from recruiting Wood-Anderson because he’s a special talent. When he de-committed from Texas, all the confidence was with Alabama. Now, this can go several different ways. Nothing with Wood-Anderson would surprise me. I spoke with one SEC assistant coach on Tuesday and he said he believes it’s between Alabama and Texas A&M with Tennessee surging late.
Wood-Anderson will sign at 11 a.m. ET.
Something to watch
While Walker isn’t expected to sign with Alabama during the early signing period, I have heard that there’s a chance he signs with a different school.
One source close to the Georgia program told SEC Country that the Bulldogs staff was working hard on pushing through Walker’s application to the school so it can have paperwork ready for him to sign on Wednesday.
I don’t know if this will actually happen, but it’s certainly something to keep an eye on.
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