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 about the latest news regarding a 5-star Florida State commit.
Akeem Dent is one to closely watch
One cornerback whom we haven’t talked about much on SEC Country Alabama is 5-star prospect Akeem Dent. Dent, the nation’s No. 3 cornerback in the 2019 class from Palm Beach Central High School (West Palm Beach, Fla.), has been committed to Florida State since July 2017 but has kept his recruitment open.
When asked which schools were trying to push for him to flip from the Seminoles, Dent specifically named one program.
“Bama. Pretty much all of them,” Dent told our DieHards Miami reporter David Wilson.
Eight days after beating Georgia in the National Championship Game on Jan. 8, Nick Saban arrived at Palm Beach Central by helicopter to recruit Dent. A year before, Saban also showed up at the school to recruit Dent and safety Gurvan Hall, who ended up signing with Miami.
Dent said he knows he’s a priority to Saban.
“When he recruits you, when he goes in and shows love, it’s real. He knows DBs,” Dent said of Saban.
He continued reminiscing about Saban’s helicopter landing on his school’s football field.
“That’s a moment I’ll never forget,” Dent said. “It was a good visit. I liked it. I have a good feeling about it. I’ve got it in my mind.”
Dent said he plans to visit Tuscaloosa this summer. Alabama running backs coach Joe Pannunzio, who doesn’t get enough credit for being an excellent recruiter in his own right, is leading the charge for Dent. What the Tide have done over these past few months seems to be working to some degree with him wanting to visit.
“They ain’t really saying [much],” Dent said. “They’re just showing. They’re doing more action than talking.”
There are some things working against Alabama in Dent’s recruitment, though. His mother’s favorite school is Miami, and his older brother, Adarius, is a walk-on at Florida State.
Nakobe Dean sets official visit
Nakobe Dean, one of Alabama’s top inside linebacker prospects in the 2019 class, told SEC Country that he will take an official visit to Alabama on June 15. The timing shouldn’t be a concern for fans, even though he has told SEC Country in the past that he would likely make his decision in December.
Dean has visited Tuscaloosa approximately five times already and it’s not too far from his home in Horn Lake, Miss., so he likely can return to Alabama during the season for games if he chooses to.
Dean’s recruitment is wide open, according to multiple sources I have spoken with during the past few weeks. He is a 5-star prospect and the No. 1 inside linebacker in the nation, according to the 247Sports composite.
If we follow his history of visits, Alabama is one of his top schools. He’s been to Alabama, LSU and Ole Miss the most. He’s also taken a couple of visits to Georgia, and the Bulldogs are definitely a contender for Dean. His brother attends Ole Miss, and he’s visited that school more than Bama and LSU. However, Dean is adamant that it won’t play a factor.
Depth charts also will not factor into Dean’s decision. He told SEC Country that he knows he must work to start at whichever school he attends. Inside linebacker is one of the Tide’s biggest needs after signing only one prospect in the 2018 class.
Alabama has a few things working in its favor. Dean seeks a school where he can compete against the top players daily, something the Tide can offer. He’s also emphasizing relationships. That helps the Tide too, because out of all the coaches he communicates with, inside linebackers coach Pete Golding is one of Dean’s closest relationships.
And arguably the most important thing to Dean is academics. He possesses a 4.7 GPA and is interested in majoring in engineering. Dean met with the head of the engineering department at Alabama and left impressed with the program. Because of his academic prowess, Stanford is a big player in Dean’s recruitment. If he ends up taking an official visit to Palo Alto, the Cardinal could end up being the team to beat.
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