Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Roll Tide-ings, a rundown of everything happening in Alabama Crimson Tide recruiting with Chris Kirschner. Today, we discuss the latest with in-state defensive tackle Coynis Miller.
Florida, Michigan recruiting 4-star DT harder than Alabama
Coynis Miller, a 4-star defensive tackle from Jackson-Olin High School in Birmingham, Ala., grew up wanting to play for the Crimson Tide. Ever since he can remember watching football, his dream was to play for Alabama.
The Crimson Tide have offered Miller the opportunity to play for them, but he is still exploring all of his options. Just because his childhood favorite school has offered doesn’t mean it’s just a guarantee for him to attend the university.
“It’s a great opportunity because they have a great program and they produce their players to be ready for the next level,” Miller told SEC Country. “Growing up and watching them play and knowing I have the opportunity to play there is a great feeling.
Defensive tackle is a big priority for Alabama in the Class of 2018 and Miller is aware of that. Before Mario Cristobal left for Oregon, he was Miller’s primary recruiter. Cristobal made it crystal clear that signing several defensive tackles in this recruiting cycle was going to be a priority. While that does help Alabama’s chances a bit for Miller, it’s not the most important reason for why he’d choose to play for a school.
“Knowing that they need defensive linemen, I feel like I could make a big impact there, but it won’t weigh too much into my decision,” Miller said. “They still have to recruit me. I’m not just going to go there just because I am a fan. I’ll have to fit with them in their system.”
The 6-foot-4, 290-pound prospect said communication with Alabama has dropped off a bit since Cristobal left the Crimson Tide. Miller has been in contact with his new primary recruiter, offensive line coach Brent Key. He said he and Key are starting to build a “great” relationship since he’s taken over his recruitment.
The coaching change has allowed Florida and Michigan to take advantage. Miller said the Gators and Wolverines are recruiting him the hardest.
“Sometimes I hear from Alabama every day and then sometimes once or twice a week and then sometimes I don’t hear from them at all,” Miller said. “Florida keeps in contact just about every day and Michigan is about the same as Florida.”
Miller said the Alabama staff has told him that he is a priority and he’d be welcomed into the class if he wanted to commit. He won’t be making a commitment until after his senior season, he said.
The state of Alabama’s No. 9 overall prospect said he’s been clocked in the 40-yard dash at 4.63 seconds, which is outstanding for a player his size. That was when he weighed around 270 pounds; however, so that may fluctuate a bit when he runs it again next month at The Opening regional in Atlanta because he’s gained 20 pounds since then.
Although Florida and Michigan are recruiting Miller the hardest right now, it’s going to be hard for those schools to beat out Alabama if he remains a top priority for the Crimson Tide. The team rarely misses out on elite prospects from the Yellowhammer State if it wants that player in its class.
Just how moronic it is that Alabama is banned from Louisiana HS
I have a ton of respect for high school coaches across the country. For the most part, these coaches dedicate countless hours to the school and really want to better the lives of their players during an important time of their lives.
Then you have coaches like David Feaster from Parkway (La.) High School.
Feaster, who is an LSU fan, appeared on a Baton Rouge, La., radio station on Wednesday morning and said the Alabama staff is banned from Parkway High School because of an event four years ago. Parkway has a 5-star wide receiver in Terrace Marshall, who Alabama has offered a scholarship to, and Justin Rogers, a 4-star QB who doesn’t have an Alabama offer.
The ban doesn’t affect Alabama at all. Let’s be clear about that. The Tide have camps at their schools that they invite players to; they can visit recruits in their homes during the contact period and they can communicate over the phone with the kids themselves.
The ban also doesn’t affect Marshall and Rogers. They are elite recruits and have scholarship offers from loads of schools.
The ban does hurt Marshall’s and Rogers’ teammates who don’t have any scholarships.
SB Nation detailed how recruits receiving interest from Alabama get what’s called the “Bama bump” in recruiting rankings. That is, if Alabama shows interest in a recruit and offers that player, his ranking tends to go up. While I don’t agree with that thinking, I do believe that if Alabama offers an unknown prospect, that gets other schools on that player’s radar.
It happened just this past recruiting cycle.
Nicholas Sims, who was an unranked running back in the Class of 2017 from Alabama, posted on Twitter that he received an offer from the Crimson Tide. He didn’t specify on his Twitter account that it was an offer to be a preferred walk-on defensive back, but schools took notice. Before the Alabama offer, he only had an offer from Kentucky Christian University.
Do you want to know what happened next?
Florida, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt started to show interest after Sims’ tweet about getting an Alabama offer. Sims ultimately signed with Toledo.
Alabama is the only school banned from Parkway, and Feaster was clear that he has no problem if his players choose to play for the Crimson Tide. He’s just not going to help Alabama recruit his players because of some “ethical” issues that bother him. Again, read this to get caught up on the facts of why he’s upset.
The problem with Feaster’s thinking that Alabama broke an ethics code is that every school breaks that “ethical” code, even his Tigers. LSU has offered 158 players thus far in the Class of 2018. Are all of those scholarship offers committable? Well, I’d lean toward no, considering you can only have 85 scholarship players on a roster.
Sims is the perfect example of how banning Alabama over a non-issue can hurt someone’s opportunity to go to college.
High school football coaches are educators first, and yet here we have Feaster potentially hurting the kids he’s supposed to help get to college. It’s laughable that an adult would limit any opportunity for exposure for a player on his team. Feaster should feel ashamed.
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