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 who missed the cut in our mock signing class.
Below, we take a look at the players who just missed the cut for the mock signing class.
QB — Emory Jones
Jones, a 4-star prospect from Heard County High School (Franklin, Ga.) is committed to Ohio State, but he has continued to flirt with Alabama. He took a secret visit to Tuscaloosa last month, which he initially denied, only to come clean about it a few weeks after the fact.
There are some rumblings that his family would prefer Jones to stay in the South instead of moving to Ohio for school. That certainly favors Alabama; however, he’s taken three trips to Columbus, which is a significant amount for someone who doesn’t live around the corner from the college owning his commitment. I think Jones’ heart is with the Buckeyes, and it would be a surprise if he flipped his commitment.
If Alabama doesn’t land Tanner McKee or Jones, quarterback recruiting in the 2018 class will be a total unknown. At that point, the Tide may look to add a walk-on prospect.
WR — Justin Watkins
Watkins recently told SEC Country that he’s down to Alabama, Florida and LSU. In my predictions, I have Alabama closing out the class with Justyn Ross and Jaylen Waddle, in addition to current Tide commit Xavier Williams. Watkins is being recruited as a slot receiver, which is where Waddle is pegged. Waddle is the top slot target in the 2018 class, so if he ends up choosing the Tide, there won’t be space for Watkins. Waddle’s recruitment is shaping up to be an Alabama, Florida State and Texas battle, so if he chooses either of the latter two, Watkins would take his spot in my projections.
Petit-Frere is Alabama’s top offensive tackle target. His recruitment is shaping up to be an Alabama, Florida and Notre Dame race. Sources close to the Florida program believe the Gators have the best chance of landing him as of today. The Crimson Tide staff knows it will have to fight to land his commitment.
Barnes is high on Alabama’s wish list, but it would be shocking if he committed to any school other than Florida.
Ekiyor is committed to Michigan, but he’s one of Alabama’s top offensive guard targets. He visited last month for the Champions Cookout, and there’s some thought that he’s not 100 percent solid to the Wolverines. I have Penei Sewell rounding out the Tide’s offensive line class in my projections. Sewell and Ekiyor are both being recruited as guards. If Sewell opts for Oregon, Ekiyor would take his spot.
DL — Coynis Miller
It was hard leaving Miller out of the projections. Alabama has recruited Miller the hardest in going head to head with Auburn and Florida — the schools that are the biggest threats to the Tide at this time.
Miller said in a recent interview that Auburn and Florida are the two schools standing out the most to him, as of this time. He hasn’t visited Tuscaloosa recently, so that could be the reason for his answer. He’s expected to take an official visit to Alabama this fall when the team will look to swing momentum.
LB — Andres Fox, KJ Henry, Micah Parsons, Quay Walker
Fox is down to Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Stanford. Alabama is going to have a loaded linebacker class this year, and I don’t think there’s going to be room for Fox to jump on board.
I was really close to including Henry in my projections, and I may do so after he takes his official visit to Alabama this fall. This recruitment is likely an Alabama-Clemson race, though he won’t say that publicly. He’s visited Tuscaloosa several times and is already comfortable there.
Parsons visited Tuscaloosa for three days last month, but his recruitment is too much of a mystery to predict at this point. Interestingly enough, Jeremy Birmingham, who covers Ohio State recruiting for our Land of 10 site, didn’t project Parsons to sign with the Buckeyes. There are some off-field concerns with Parsons and multiple teams recruiting him.
Walker is currently committed to Alabama, so it was clearly difficult to leave him off the list. Out of the current Tide commitments, he’s the least locked in one out of the 10. He’s expressed his desire to take visits elsewhere, and Auburn and Florida State are pushing hard for a flip. It wouldn’t surprise me either way when it comes to him sticking with his commitment or flipping.
DB — Jaycee Horn, Kelvin Joseph
Horn is off this list mainly because of who I projected Alabama to sign at corner. Those players are ahead of him on the board right now. If they go elsewhere, Horn could have a spot in this class.
Joseph is committed to LSU. At one point, it seemed like a flip to Alabama was inevitable. That doesn’t seem very likely anymore, although the Tide are pushing for Joseph.
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