Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Roll Tide-ings, a rundown of everything happening in Alabama Crimson Tide recruiting with Chris Kirschner. It’s Tuesday, and we talk the latest about one of Alabama’s top defensive line targets.
Hakeem Beamon has Alabama and Ohio State on top
Hakeem Beamon was the only defensive lineman to be ranked in the top 25 SPARQ ratings last Sunday at Nike’s The Opening regional camp in Charlotte, N.C. SPARQ is an acronym for speed, power, agility, reaction and quickness. Beamon’s score of 108.9 was the ninth-best at the camp.
Beamon measured in at 6-foot-3½ and 254 pounds. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.9 seconds, had a 33.5-inch vertical jump, posted a 4.59-second agility shuttle time and threw the 6-pound-plus power ball 42.5 feet.
His athleticism is why top schools such as Alabama and Ohio State want to add Beamon to their 2019 recruiting class. Those two programs sit at the top of Beamon’s list, with Penn State and South Carolina trailing.
Beamon (Lloyd C. Bird/Chesterfield, Va.) broke down why Alabama and Ohio State are his top 2 schools.
On Alabama: “Their program is great. They’re known for developing a lot of players. I also really like the strength and conditioning coach. Coach [Nick] Saban is my second-favorite coach of all time. Frank Beamer is No. 1.
On Ohio State: “Ohio State’s defensive line coach [Larry Johnson] is the greatest to me. He’s shown me some stuff and I’ve learned a lot in just like 20 minutes from being around him. That shows me a lot about him. I also really like the staff there.”
Alabama is recruiting Beamon as a defensive end, as are most of the schools in contact with him. The Tide have several top defensive end targets in this class, such as 4-star prospects Antonio Alfano, Jaren Handy, Nathan Pickering and Byron Young.
Beamon, a former North Carolina commit, isn’t sure when he’ll make his next commitment. He said it’s possible a decision could come before his senior season begins this fall or during the season.
He’s said he is planning to take official visits to Alabama, Ohio State, Penn State and South Carolina during the fall. He’s also expected to be on campus in Tuscaloosa this weekend for A-Day. Beamon expounded on what else he likes about the Tide.
“They are just competitive,” Beamon said. “You bring the best players in and if you do that, you’re going to make each other better. All of them have a high standard. When I went there, I met some of the players and I pretty much have the same mindset like them. I work hard and want nothing given to me.”
It’s too early for me to predict whether Beamon will be a part of the Tide’s class. I do know he’s a serious target for the team.
Players stop by Alabama on Tuesday
Alabama hosted a small group of visitors on Tuesday ahead of what’s going to be a busy weekend in Tuscaloosa for the A-Day game on Saturday.
Kane Patterson, a 4-star outside linebacker from Christ Presbyterian Academy (Nashville, Tenn.), made his second trip to Tuscaloosa this year. Patterson visited Alabama in February for junior day, which is when he picked up his offer from the Tide.
Zion Puckett, a 4-star wide receiver from Spalding High School (Griffin, Ga.), is one of the Tide’s top targets at the position. He also could play safety in college.
Omari Thomas, a 4-star 2020 defensive tackle from Briarcrest Christian High School (Memphis, Tenn.), doesn’t have an offer from the Tide just yet, but don’t be surprised to see him get one soon. He’s 6-foot-5 and 285 pounds. He’s very athletic for his size. He plays AAU basketball and grew up playing soccer.
Jabari Small, a 2020 athlete, who is teammates with Thomas, also visited Tuscaloosa.
SEC Country will have a full look of all of the visitors who are expected in Tuscaloosa this weekend for A-Day later this week. It should be a loaded group of prospects.
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