Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Roll Tide-ings, a rundown of everything happening in Alabama Crimson Tide recruiting with Chris Kirschner. In this edition, we talk the latest with a 5-star running back.
Florida adds brother of former Alabama commit
Umstead Sanders had been looking for his next home for quite some time. Sanders, a junior college linebacker, had received considerable interest from Texas A&M, which hosted him on an official visit. The Aggies didn’t push for Sanders’ commitment, though.
That brings us to Sunday. Sanders, who is the brother of the nation’s No. 1 running back in the 2019 class in Trey Sanders, visited Florida last Saturday for the Gators’ spring practice with his brother and mother, who is a noted Gators fan.
The Gators decided to offer the elder Sanders brother, who is in the 2018 class, a preferred walk-on spot with the possibility of earning a scholarship down the road. He’ll join the team this summer. That undoubtedly will help Florida when it comes time for Trey Sanders, a former Alabama commit, to make his next decision.
Trey de-committed from the Crimson Tide on Jan. 1, but he told SEC Country just days later that Alabama remained his No. 1 team and the reason for backing off his pledge had to do with him wanting to take visits as an uncommitted prospect. He has since backed off that stance of declaring Alabama his top school.
Alabama is going to be a factor for Sanders until he signs his letter of intent, but the addition of his older brother by Florida, combined with his mother’s support of the school, weakens Alabama’s chances of adding Trey Sanders to its 2019 class.
Kenyon Green names favorites
Kenyon Green, a 5-star tackle from Atascocita High School (Humble, Texas), released his top 10 schools and Alabama made the cut with Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma, TCU, Tennessee, Texas and Texas A&M.
The former LSU commit is one of the Tide’s top offensive line targets in the 2019 class. Alabama caught Green’s attention last summer when he visited for camp.
“Everyone there was just ready to work,” Green said. “I loved the intensity of the camp. There weren’t many breaks. All you do is just keep working and fighting to be that top guy. You just keep rolling there until you get tired. I love doing that.”
Alabama already has a commitment from 5-star tackle Pierce Quick, but the team is trying to add several more on the offensive line, including 5-star center Clay Webb, 5-star tackle Darnell Wright and 4-star tackle Amari Kight, to name a few.
Green was back in Baton Rouge last weekend checking out the school to which he was once committed. Read this from SEC Country’s Sam Spiegelman to get an update on where the nation’s No. 2 tackle stands with LSU.
Alabama keeping current with social media
Over the weekend, offensive line coach Brent Key and defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski tweeted the hashtag #ROLL1N9. I confirmed with Alabama commit Quick, who also tweeted the hashtag, that it will be the Tide’s official slogan for the 2019 recruiting class.
To my knowledge, this is the first time Alabama has a hashtag for its recruiting class. I’m not sure if the coaches are going to start acknowledging verbal commitments like other schools do and tweet the hashtag when a player chooses the Tide, but it’s just another example of the team becoming more current with social media. Alabama, in my opinion, is well behind schools such as Clemson and Ohio State, which make fancy graphics for recruits and acknowledge commitments on Twitter.
Quick, who has shut down his recruitment and is locked in with the Tide, told me that the Tigers constantly would send him graphics.
“Clemson is the best [on social media],” he said. “They would send me sick edits every single day. I loved it. My dad and I have been telling [Alabama] they gotta catch up in social media and all that stuff.”
We have already seen the assistant coaches be more vocal on Twitter since the start of the new year. Perhaps Alabama is getting with the times and will utilize social media when it comes to recruiting.
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