Breaking down Alabama’s chances of flipping big Auburn WR commit
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How good of a chance will Alabama have to flip George Pickens?
Alabama still hasn’t offered George Pickens, a 4-star wide receiver from Hoover (Ala.) High School. That’s pretty surprising to me because I know the Crimson Tide would like to have a big-bodied receiver in the 2019 class after missing on Justyn Ross to Clemson in the 2018 class. Pickens is 6-foot-5 and weighs 199 pounds.
At the Atlanta Opening regional camp last month, Pickens arguably was one of the top three receivers in attendance. He consistently beat whichever defensive back was in front of him and caught pretty much every ball in his vicinity.
The only reason I can come up with for why Alabama hasn’t offered yet is because he isn’t the fastest receiver out there. He ran a 4.74-second 40-yard dash, but, again, he was consistently creating separation against some of the top defensive backs in the South.
Pickens is expected to be in Tuscaloosa this weekend for A-Day. It wouldn’t surprise me to see him get an offer from the Tide when he’s on campus. Remember, 4-star running back Asa Martin, who also is from the state of Alabama and was one of the top 2018 running backs in the country, didn’t add an offer from Bama until A-Day last cycle. Martin ended up being a top target for the Tide, but he signed with Auburn.
Alabama clearly will be late in the game for Pickens — if it offers — as he’s been committed to Auburn for almost a year. The good news is that Pickens’ recruitment isn’t shut down. He wants to visit other schools such as Georgia, LSU, Florida, Florida State and Michigan.
But the relationships he has at Auburn are going to be tough for Alabama to overcome. He’s very close with Auburn wide receivers coach Kodi Burns. Gus Malzahn and Chip Lindsey both coached his brother, Chris Humes, at Arkansas State and at the high school level.
Plus, you have to mention the relationship Pickens has with Tigers quarterback commit Bo Nix. They play on the same 7-on-7 team, so those two are only going to get closer this summer.
I would say the Tide’s chances of flipping Pickens should be classified as a long shot at best.
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