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 the most important visitors from the weekend.
The 411 on Alabama’s visitors
Alabama hosted some of its most important targets in the 2018 and 2019 classes over the weekend for the Tennessee game. Here’s what I’ve heard on some of the visitors:
Emory Jones, 4-star QB, Heard County High School (Franklin, Ga.) — committed to Ohio State
Jones was arguably the most important and highest-profile recruit in Tuscaloosa this past weekend. The Ohio State quarterback commit arrived at Alabama on Saturday after leading his team to a 49-15 win over Jordan High School on Friday night — a game that saw Crimson Tide defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley and Ohio State quarterbacks coach Ryan Day on the sidelines.
The Under Armour All-American won’t leave Tuscaloosa until Monday, so we won’t know much about how his visit went until he gets back home. Even then, we may not know what he’s thinking.
I quickly chatted with Jones’ coach, Tim Barron, on Sunday, when he told me that his quarterback is trying to keep his recruitment as quiet as possible as he’s “getting hit up from every direction between Alabama and Ohio State.”
I couldn’t find the story, but some Ohio State fans had informed me that Jones told a Buckeyes recruiting reporter that he wasn’t going to visit Tuscaloosa. If so, that would be the second time this year he denied going to Alabama only for him to actually visit.
Make no mistake about it: This recruitment is at a critical point for Ohio State. The Buckeyes have reached out to Kentucky commit Jarren Williams and Virginia Tech commit Quincy Patterson. Ohio State couldn’t afford to sit around and possibly miss out on a quarterback if Jones decides to flip. He’s already gone against the staff’s wishes of shutting down his recruitment, only to visit Tuscaloosa four times this year, which doesn’t include seeing Alabama play in Atlanta for the opener.
Jones is set to visit Ohio State this coming weekend. Will he tell the staff in person that he’s going to flip to Alabama or will Ohio State lock up his commitment? It won’t be a surprise to see him come out with a decision shortly after this visit.
Bobby Brown, 4-star DT, Lamar High School (Arlington, Texas)
You could also make the case that Brown was Alabama’s most important visitor this past weekend with the team needing to land a few elite interior defensive linemen this class.
This will be Alabama’s last time hosting Brown before he makes his commitment on Nov. 2. According to one person close to the program, Brown’s visit couldn’t have gone much better. But, a visit to Texas A&M, arguably Alabama’s biggest competitor at this point, looms this weekend.
Still, the Crimson Tide held a sizeable lead in his recruitment over the summer when he visited for camp. Alabama feels like not much has changed with its chances since then. If anything, this trip helped the team’s chances of landing the team’s top defensive tackle target.
Emil Ekiyor, 4-star OL, Cathedral High School (Indianapolis)
Ekiyor wasn’t an official visitor because he already took his official visit to Tuscaloosa back on Sept. 30 for the Ole Miss game, but the Michigan commit was back on campus. The importance of him coming back to town is astronomical. He/his family had to pay for this trip on their own dime, and, obviously, Indianapolis isn’t around the corner from Tuscaloosa.
A flip from Michigan to Alabama remains imminent.
Penei Sewell, 4-star OL, Desert Hills (St. George, Utah) High School
Once again, the Sewells were having such a good time to Tuscaloosa that they nearly missed their flight. The first time they visited Tuscaloosa over the summer, the family needed to run to their gate in order to not miss their flight. It happened again this weekend.
I know Sewell hung out with Tua Tagovailoa and Alabama commit Cameron Latu after the game on Saturday. Outside of that, I haven’t heard much on Alabama’s chances. I expect to speak with Sewell’s father Monday.
Antwuan Jackson, 4-star DT, Blinn (Texas) College — committed to Ohio State
There’s really not much concern on Ohio State’s end about a possible flip from the junior college defensive tackle. Yes, Jackson enjoyed his visit, but it’s an extreme long shot for him to end up in Alabama’s class.
Joshua Moore, 4-star WR, Yoakum (Texas) High School — committed to Nebraska
I spoke with Moore on Sunday night. Alabama has him thinking, but the staff is still trying to figure out if he’d be a better fit at wide receiver or defensive back at Alabama. Moore, who’s committed to Nebraska, told me that he’s strongly considering the Tide after his visit.
“The biggest thing is the opportunities I would have with the amount of wide receivers leaving this year,” Moore told SEC Country. “I have a great chance to come in and have an immediate impact.”
He’s not wrong. Moore is one of the most fluid route runners in the 2018 class, and the majority of the team’s wide receivers for next season will just be sophomores. So, he won’t be too far behind if he ended up flipping. Right now, I don’t see that happening, but I’ll have more on Moore on SEC Country later.
Jordan Moore, 4-star S, Yoakum (Texas) High School — committed to Texas A&M
Joshua’s brother is not a take at this time. And for those of you who remain concerned with Alabama recruiting this year, the Crimson Tide are passing up on a 4-star prospect. Alabama is fine.
Here are the other visitors who were in town this past weekend:
• Jalyn Armour-Davis, 4-star CB — committed to Alabama
• Skyler Delong, 3-star P — committed to Alabama
• Matthew Flint, 3-star LB — committed to Tennessee
• Andres Fox, 3-star Jack LB
• Tank Jenkins, 4-star OG
• Cameron Latu, 4-star Jack LB — committed to Alabama
• Asa Martin, 4-star RB — committed to Auburn
• Michael Parker, 3-star TE
• Cam Taylor, 3-star ATH — committed to Missouri
• Cortez Andrews, 2019 4-star S
• Mohamoud Diabate, 2019 4-star OLB
• Amari Kight, 2019 4-star OT
• King Mwikuta, 2019 4-star LB
• William Norton, 2019 4-star OL — Alabama offered this past weekend
• Jalen Perry, 2019 4-star CB
• George Pickens, 2019 4-star WR — committed to Auburn
• Pierce Quick, 2019 4-star OT — committed to Alabama
• Taulia Tagovailoa, 2019 4-star QB
• Brandon Turnage, 2019 4-star WR
• Paul Tyson, 2019 3-star QB
• Clay Webb, 2019 5-star OL
• Jeremiah Pegues, 2020 TE
• Tate Ratledge, 2020 4-star OT
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