Relative to its normal standards, Alabama recruiting for 2018 is lagging behind a bit.
That is not to say that coach Nick Saban’s recruiting machine is about to suffer a permanent demise — the Crimson Tide do have five 4-stars already — but Bama isn’t the top-ranked program for the class of 2018.
As of right now.
Anyone who doubts the Tide will get there by signing day is likely wasting their breath, but the point remains: Alabama’s class, as is stands at this moment, is below its normal standards.
But you know what would help? Earning a commitment from one of the best defensive backs in the country.
On July 27, the Tide will have a chance to do just that, as cornerback Ken Montgomery Jr. is set to decide between Alabama, Ohio State, Penn State and UCLA.
July 27th I will be committing on @SpecSportsFL
Penn state 🔵
— Ken Montgomery Jr (@KenKensmiley5) July 8, 2017
A 3-star according to 247Sports, Montgomery has an offer list of a more highly ranked player, as that short list of schools will attest. He hails from Tampa, Fla., where he plays for Hillsborough High School.
Montgomery stands nearly 6-2 but at just 155 pounds, he does not figure to be the type of player who makes a difference in year one. With that said, he has rare athleticism, and if Alabama (or whichever school he chooses) is able to remake his body in the weight room, we could be looking at an all-conference type of player.