Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Roll Tide-ings, a rundown of everything happening in Alabama Crimson Tide recruiting with Chris Kirschner. It’s Wednesday, and we talk the latest with an Alabama commit still exploring his options and an early look at visitors in town this weekend.
Brendan Gant‘s recruitment is still open
Brendan Gant committed to Alabama in December. Since then, there have been significant changes on the coaching staff, with former defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley leaving for the Oakland Raiders, Jeremy Pruitt becoming Tennessee’s coach, Tosh Lupoi getting promoted to defensive coordinator and Karl Scott being the new defensive backs coach for the Tide.
Gant, a 4-star safety from Kathleen High School (Lakeland, Fla.), has remained committed to the Tide but has taken visits elsewhere. Florida hosted him last weekend for its spring game. Miami has gotten him on campus. He also visited Georgia when he was in the area for a 7-on-7 tournament.
The nation’s No. 6 safety told SEC Country that he’s still solid with the Tide, despite his visits elsewhere.
“I’m staying firm with it, but I’m still getting around more and exploring my options,” Gant said of his commitment status. “I have a couple schools I’m still into like Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, Miami and Georgia. Really anyone who just comes at me hard.
“I just want to see how they compare with things like education, would I be able to live there and help my career with football and school. … I’m not really sure [about a final decision]. There’s not really a specific date. Just whenever I feel like it’s complete and I’m ready.”
Gant said he will be in Tuscaloosa for A-Day and is planning to visit Florida State on Sunday. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Gant reopen his recruitment down the road.
Early look at visitors heading to Tuscaloosa this weekend
We’re still a few days away from A-Day, so visitors will be added or subtracted as we get closer to the weekend. But here is an early look at who’s expected in Tuscaloosa for the Tide’s biggest event of the spring.
- Pierce Quick, 5-star tackle, Hewitt-Trussville (Trussville, Ala.)
- Rashad Cheney Jr., 4-star defensive end, Cedar Grove (Ellenwood, Ga.)
- Brendan Gant, 4-star safety, Kathleen (Lakeland, Fla.)
- King Mwikuta, 4-star outside linebacker, Troup County (LaGrange, Ga.)
- Paul Tyson, 4-star quarterback, Hewitt-Trussville (Trussville, Ala.)
- Christian Williams, 4-star cornerback, Daphne (Ala.)
- Jackson Bratton, 4-star linebacker, Muscle Shoals (Ala.)
- Jay Hayes, Notre Dame defensive end graduate transfer (committed to Oklahoma)
Top 2019 targets
- Ishmael Sopsher, 5-star defensive tackle, Amite (La.)
- Clay Webb, 5-star center, Oxford (Ala.)
- Darnell Wright, 5-star tackle, Huntington (W.Va.)
- Tanner Bowles, 4-star tackle, Glasgow (Ky.)
- Rian Davis, 4-star outside linebacker, Wekiva (Apopka, Fla.)
- Mohamoud Diabate, 4-star linebacker, Auburn (Ala.)
- Jerrion Ealy, 4-star running back, Jackson Prep (Flowood, Miss.) — committed to Ole Miss
- John Emery Jr., 4-star running back, Destrehan (La.)
- Daxton Hill, 4-star safety, Booker T. Washington (Tulsa, Okla.)
- Siaki Ika, 4-star defensive tackle, East (Salt Lake City)
- Braylen Ingraham, 4-star defensive end, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
- Jaylen McCollough, 4-star safety, Hillgrove (Powder Springs, Ga.)
- George Pickens, 4-star wide receiver, Hoover (Ala.) — committed to Auburn (offer watch)
- Amari Kight, 4-star tackle, Thompson (Alabaster, Ala.)
- Jalyn Phillips, 4-star safety, Archer (Lawrenceville, Ga.)
- Isaiah Rutherford, 4-star cornerback, Jesuit (Carmichael, Calif.)
- Lloyd Summerall, 4-star linebacker, Auburndale (Fla.)
- Taulia Tagovailoa, 4-star quarterback, Thompson (Alabaster, Ala.)
- Howard Allen Jr., 3-star tackle, Baldwin (Jacksonville, Fla.)
- DJ Dale, 3-star defensive tackle, Clay-Chalkville (Pinson, Ala.)
- Will Reichard, 3-star kicker, Hoover (Ala.)
Top 2020 targets
- Jayson Jones, 5-star defensive tackle, Calera (Ala.)
- Roydell Williams, 4-star running back, Hueytown (Ala.)
- Dazalin Worsham, 4-star wide receiver, Hewitt-Trussville (Trussville, Ala.)
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