Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Roll Tide-ings, a rundown of everything happening in Alabama Crimson Tide recruiting with Chris Kirschner. Today, we discuss the latest with wide receiver Seth Williams and 5-star offensive tackle Jackson Carman.
Alabama still a top school for Williams despite silent recruitment period
BUFORD, Ga. — One result when a coaching change happens is the new staff member needs to quickly repair and establish a relationship with a recruit who may have already had a strong bond with the former staff member who was spearheading his recruitment. Sometimes, the new bond could be better than the previous one and then sometimes it can start slowly.
The latter has happened for 4-star wide receiver Seth Williams, who is the No. 4 prospect in the state of Alabama, and the Crimson Tide. Williams visited Tuscaloosa for Alabama’s junior day event on Feb. 25, but as of March 25, which is when this interview was conducted, the team hadn’t talked to him during that time frame.
That would tend to be an issue for a majority of recruits, especially for a recruit who lives fewer than 15 miles away from the university, one who attends Paul W. Bryant High School and one who grew up a Crimson Tide fan.
Williams is taking things in stride, though.
“They’re one of my top schools, but I don’t really communicate with them,” Williams said. “They don’t really communicate with me.”
Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll has taken over Williams’ recruitment, and, obviously, the new coach is still getting adjusted to being in a new place and establishing a new offensive identity. That could be a reason for the lack of communication.
The 6-foot-3, 212-pound prospect said his February visit went well and he did get a chance to speak with the staff then. Williams said he was given no indication that he had fallen down the staff’s main targets at wide receiver, which could be a reason for the lack of communication. Hence, he doesn’t have a clue as to why the staff hasn’t reached out since.
“I really don’t know why they haven’t talked to me,” Williams said. “It’s just recruiting. It happens.”
Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Ole Miss and Oregon have been communicating with Williams. He said those schools hit him up nearly every single day. Williams nearly committed to Florida State back in January. He decided to hold off because he felt like a January commitment was too early. He’s now going to make a decision after his senior season ends, so there’s plenty of time for Alabama to get back in Williams’ good graces.
“It’s just recruiting,” Williams explained. “You’re going to have some schools show you love and some that don’t. I still have lots of schools that are interested in me.”
Williams and 5-star wide receiver Justyn Ross, who is from Central High School in Phenix City, Ala., are believed to be near the top of the Tide’s wish list at the position. It’s hard imagining the Tide striking out on both of them, but there’s obvious work to do with Williams. Auburn is also strongly in the mix for Ross, who lives approximately 30 minutes or so from the school’s campus.
It’s possible the Tigers can come into Cottondale, Ala., and steal a recruit from Paul W. Bryant High School, but the Tigers have a legitimate chance. He’s visited Auburn numerous times and has become comfortable there.
“They want to build me into an NFL wide receiver,” Williams said. “I just want to look at the entire offense, but the quarterback situation is nice.”
I would expect things to heat up with Williams once again. After all, he lives in Alabama’s backyard.
Alabama fighting to stay alive in the race for 5-star OT
Jackson Carman, the nation’s No. 1 offensive tackle, has been told by the Alabama staff that he’s one of the top offensive tackles that has ever been recruited by the coaches. How true that is is unknown. This is recruiting, after all, where recruits are always told what they want to hear every single day. Granted, Carman is one of the best players in the country in the Class of 2018.
But if Alabama is going to land him, it has some work to do.
“(Clemson and Ohio State) are like 1A and 1B,” Carman told our own Jeremy Birmingham who covers Ohio State for Land of 10. “I’d say ‘Bama is kind of tied for No. 3 with the other five schools I’m considering.”
There really aren’t five other schools in the race for Carman at this time, though he says otherwise. The Tigers lead for Carman after a trip to Clemson a few weeks ago. It was his first-ever trip there.
“I liked the people (at Clemson), how they recruit,” he said. “They’ve never signed a JUCO player; they sign high-character guys. They’re going to only sign like 15 guys this year.”
The good news for Alabama is that Carman, who is from Fairfield, Ohio, is talking about leaving the state for college. Carman has been viewed as a near lock for the Buckeyes ever since he became a national recruit, but things don’t look as cut and dried as they once did.
“I’m not sure that I want to stay close to home,” Carman said. “The other reason (he would consider going somewhere other than Ohio State) would be that I just found a place I feel in love with more. It’s not like I don’t like Ohio State, but I feel like if Ohio State wasn’t in Ohio, I’d already be committed there. They can’t fight that.”
Carman, who visited Alabama last fall, said he wants to make it back to Tuscaloosa this summer. With someone who is actively talking about leaving the state, you better believe offensive line coach Brent Key and coach Nick Saban will show him why Tuscaloosa is better than Columbus and Clemson if he makes it to campus this summer.
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