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 some of Alabama’s top targets in the 2018 class.
Alabama recruiting is on a roll
The most popular question I’ve received this year from Alabama fans is by far: “Is it time to start worrying about this recruiting class?” My answer never changed. It was always, “No, last time I checked, Nick Saban is still coaching Alabama.” That’s literally the only thing you need to know as far as if the Tide will have a good recruiting class or not.
Yet, fans still were worried that Alabama may be losing its sparkle to recruits. I do understand why fans were getting worried and impatient with this recruiting class. For months, it seemed like the Tide had zero momentum on the recruiting trail. It wasn’t the case. The majority of the team’s targets are just waiting to commit this year.
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In the past 48 hours, Alabama has landed three commitments — two of them from giant priorities in cornerbacks Nadab Joseph and Saivion Smith. The Tide also landed a commitment from in-state 3-star tight end Michael Parker, who the coaching staff has loved and was working hard to figure out if it could squeeze him in the class with numbers being so tight. Parker told SEC Country on Wednesday night that taking a blueshirt has been discussed as a possibility.
Alabama now has the 10th-best recruiting class in the country with some major targets still out there for the Tide to land.
5-star DE Brenton Cox de-commits from Ohio State
Brenton Cox, a 5-star defensive end from Stockbridge (Ga.) High School, took an official visit to Alabama this past weekend. Three days later, the nation’s No. 2 defensive end de-committed from Ohio State.
The Tide did everything they could to impress Cox this past weekend — from Saban spending loads of time with him to linebacker Mack Wilson, who is one of the team’s best recruiters, telling him what life at Alabama is like. The message that Cox could make an immediate impact there and develop into a man off the field was well-received by Cox.
Cox has been one of the team’s top targets for several months now, but just because he de-committed from the Buckeyes just days after visiting Tuscaloosa doesn’t mean he’s going to choose the Tide.
This now is a two-team race between Alabama and Georgia. From what I’ve heard the past few days, Alabama should be considered the favorite but only slightly over Georgia. That could change because he will be taking an official visit to Athens either this weekend or the following one. It’s not set just yet.
If you’re Alabama, you want him to take that visit to Georgia this weekend because Cox is planning on being an early enrollee and signing in two weeks. If he visits Georgia this weekend, the visit high will have worn down for a longer period of time than if he visited next weekend right before the dead period begins on Dec. 18. By then, Alabama likely wouldn’t be able to meet with Cox face to face and Georgia’s coaches would have made the last pitch.
Either way, the Tide have positioned themselves nicely for one of the nation’s best players who didn’t seem like a legit possibility more than a month ago.
Miami CB commit Josh Jobe to Alabama becoming more likely
Saban visited Josh Jobe in Connecticut on Tuesday and then traveled to South Florida to meet with his family later that day. Jobe is in Connecticut finishing out his senior year because he’s 19 years old and couldn’t play high school football in the state of Florida anymore because he was too old.
Jobe, who has been one of Alabama’s top defensive back targets since the start of the year, moving to the Northeast couldn’t have worked out better for Alabama. He’s been committed to Miami for more than two years and has told SEC Country on numerous occasions that the pressure to play for the hometown Hurricanes was getting to him.
After Saban’s visit on Tuesday, Jobe told SEC Country that he will be signing early and that he won’t be taking an official visit to Miami before he does that. He also doesn’t want any more coaches visiting him until he signs.
All signs are pointing toward Jobe flipping his commitment from Miami to Alabama.
So, are you Alabama fans still worried about Crimson Tide recruiting?
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