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Jaren Handy is one of Alabama's top defensive line targets in the 2019 class.

Alabama looking to raid Mississippi for some of nation’s top defensive linemen

Alabama is off to an excellent recruiting start, and you should expect the Crimson Tide to continue their success. SEC Country’s Chris Kirschner will answer the Recruiting Question of the Day each weekday. You can ask him your questions on Twitter or on Facebook. Find our previous questions and answers here.


The state of Mississippi is loaded in the 2019 class. It should make for a very fun Alabama-Mississippi all-star game, which features the top high school football players in both states, later this year.

The Crimson Tide have their eyes on several defensive linemen from the Magnolia State, including 4-star prospects Jaren Handy, Charles Moore, Nathan Pickering and Byron Young.

In case you missed my story earlier this week, I ranked the most likely commitments for the Tide in the 2019 class. Two of the players above made the cut.

We’ll start with Jaren Handy. Handy grew up a fan of Alabama and has told SEC Country that Crimson Tide defensive lineman Raekwon Davis is his role model. Handy has an undisclosed leader and has said the Tide are his No. 2 team. I don’t think that’s the case. Alabama is in good shape here. Handy believes he can play if Davis ends up declaring for the NFL draft after this season.

Charles Moore is the nation’s No. 6 strongside defensive end and committed to Mississippi State. He’s one the Crimson Tide are watching closely. Moore tore an ACL last year and doesn’t have an offer from Alabama yet. He potentially could earn one next month when he’s expected to camp in Tuscaloosa.

Nathan Pickering has been one of Alabama’s top overall targets for quite some time. His recruitment is all over the map, and it’s hard to know where exactly the Tide stand right now. He has told SEC Country that Alabama and LSU are the two schools that are guaranteed official visits this fall.

Byron Young named Alabama his leader after visiting Tuscaloosa in February. He backed off those comments shortly after making them, and now he’s back to proclaiming the Tide as his No. 1 team. Young has a very close relationship with his primary recruiter at Alabama, inside linebackers coach Pete Golding.

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