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 Alabama’s top 2019 commit and more.
Trey Sanders still locked in with Alabama
Trey Sanders has been a major reason why IMG Academy is ranked the No. 1 high school football team in the country. Through 5 games, the 2019 Alabama running back commit has 539 rushing yards, 6 touchdowns and is averaging 11.5 yards per carry.
Like current Alabama running back Najee Harris, Sanders committed to the Crimson Tide during his sophomore year at the A-Day scrimmage. It’s rare nowadays for kids to remain committed to a program for over two years, especially the top-rated recruits because nearly every major program in the country is trying to change their mind during that time.
While Sanders says schools such as Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Miami and others still have a “legit shot” at changing his mind, the nation’s no. 3 running back n the 2019 class says he’s 100 percent locked in.
“Every time I go up there, I fall in love with them all over again,” Sanders told SEC Country. “I just like The Process and what [running backs] Coach [Burton] Burns does with the running backs. They always succeed.”
The 6-foot-1.5 215 pound prospect “fell in love with Alabama all over again” earlier this fall when he took an unannounced trip to Tuscaloosa for the Colorado State game. Sanders had a chance to visit Alabama because IMG Academy was closed due to Hurricane Irma. It was his first trip back to Tuscaloosa since the A-Day scrimmage this past spring.
“I decided to go there to talk with the coaches and get a good feeling about them again because that will most likely be my official school,” Sanders said.
That last part of his quote is important to note. Sanders is clear that he’s still young and wants to enjoy his recruitment, which is why he uses the qualifier “most likely” in front of his official school. Nothing in recruiting is official until that letter of intent is signed.
And like many recruits, the thought of having to compete with other stars for playing time is usually what scares them away from the school they’re committed to. Alabama fans won’t have to worry about that with Sanders.
“I don’t really worry about it,” Sanders said. That’s like how it is at IMG [with 2019 5-star running back Noah Cain]. “I like to compete. I don’t like being given anything. It ain’t nothing but competition.”
There will be plenty of competition by the time Sanders enrolls at Alabama in 2019 with Josh Jacobs, Najee Harris, Brian Robinson and whichever Class of 2018 running back the Tide sign this year.
One more official visitor for this weekend
Jordan Moore, a 4-star Texas A&M safety commit from Yoakum (Texas) High School, will take an official visit to Alabama this weekend for the Tennessee game. Moore will visit Tuscaloosa with his twin brother, Joshua, a 4-star Nebraska wide receiver commit.
Joshua is the more intriguing prospect for Tide fans to know. He’s being recruited as an athlete. The coaching staff feels like he can be a star on either side of the ball. Nick Saban actually FaceTimed Joshua while he was at the NFL draft. It’s something Saban does every year — whether it be a phone call or a video chat. It’s a chance for Saban to give these recruits the pitch that if they choose Alabama, they’ll be on that stage one day, too.
With how much of a mess Nebraska has been this season, Joshua is worth following — especially if you’re a recruiting nut.
Besides the Moore brothers, the official visitors we for sure know are going to Tuscaloosa this weekend are 4-star tackle Penei Sewell and 4-star defensive tackle Bobby Brown. We have been told that 4-star Ohio State quarterback commit Emory Jones will take an official visit this weekend, too, but, again, that hasn’t been confirmed just yet.
Adam Anderson committing on Thursday
Adam Anderson, the nation’s No. 2 outside linebacker from Rome (Ga.) High School, will commit to either Alabama or Georgia Thursday evening.
Anderson, a 4-star prospect, visited Tuscaloosa back on Sept. 30 for the Ole Miss game and over the summer. He’s been a major target for the Crimson Tide, but do not expect him to choose Alabama when he announces his commitment.
In fact, it would be a gigantic surprise if he chooses the Tide from what I’ve been told. If he somehow chooses Alabama, it would go down as one of the biggest surprises since I started covering Tide recruiting in 2015.
The good news for the Crimson Tide is that there are plenty of major targets at outside linebacker and Jack linebacker who are strongly considering Alabama this year. It’s a deep class at the position.
Alabama has two Jack linebackers committed in 4-star prospects Jordan Davis and Cameron Latu. The Tide are considered the favorites to land 4-star prospect Eyabi Anoma when he makes his decision. The team is also strongly in the mix for 5-star prospect KJ Henry, who’s seriously considering Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia Tech. And don’t forget about Andres Fox, a 3-star prospect from Mobile.
JJ Peterson, the nation’s No. 1 outside linebacker, is expected to choose Alabama when he makes his commitment. Peterson is being recruited as an inside linebacker but definitely could play outside in college.
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