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 Alabama’s DB search and Christopher Allen.
Alabama is at the top of Todd Harris’ mind
We’re a week away from National Signing Day, and one of Alabama’s top defensive back targets, 4-star safety Todd Harris from Plaquemine (La.) High School, still is unsure of what he’s going to do when he sits down and makes his decision live on ESPN.
Harris took an official visit to Tuscaloosa last weekend and he admits that Alabama has made his decision a difficult one.
“Alabama made it hard,” Harris told SEC Country’s Sam Spiegelman. “They made me think about stuff more. They just made it hard. They win so many games; they’re so successful.”
There’s a wrinkle in Harris’ recruitment, though. Numbers are extremely tight in Alabama’s and LSU’s classes, which are the believed to be favorites, for his commitment. One source close to the Alabama program told SEC Country that there may not be room for Harris come signing day depending on how other positions fill out. The same goes for LSU.
Another source said 4-star cornerback Ameer Speed, who currently doesn’t have an offer, could potentially get one in the coming days because the staff sees tremendous upside in him. If that happens, we could see a late official visit from him.
We know this: Wide receivers Henry Ruggs III and DeVonta Smith; defensive linemen Aubrey Solomon, LaBryan Ray and Phidarian Mathis; and cornerback Chris Henderson have sure-fire spots in the class. Other than those recruits, it may be a wait-and-see approach for everyone else.
What’s also working against Harris, in some way, is Alabama sees Harris playing the star in its defensive scheme, not safety. That’s the position that Tony Brown and Shyheim Carter both play. It’s also where Kyriq McDonald is likely going to play. Nick Saban will have to decide if he wants to take another star at this time. Alabama also has two true safeties in the Class of 2017 in Daniel Wright and Xavier McKinney.
If he does, it seems like Harris is leaning a bit toward Alabama after his visit this past weekend. The message he heard from the staff resonated with him.
“What am I waiting for, either roll with the Tide or get rolled over,” Harris said of Alabama’s pitch to him. “The secondary is kind of lacking with players leaving for the draft and being seniors. They think they can use me if I come in, put the work in and show I want to be there and play.”
While on his visit, Harris said it was different than ones he’s taken to Tuscaloosa before. He feels like he had a chance to build a better relationship with the staff and got to experience something he hadn’t done before — ride around on golf carts and play around with the other recruits there.
But more importantly, Harris said he could see himself committing to Alabama on signing day.
“I really enjoyed it a lot — football-wise — and I feel like I could be successful as a man by attending the University of Alabama,” Harris said. “It’s a brotherhood over there.”
The Under Armour All-American will take an official visit to Texas Christian this upcoming weekend. He said he should know which school he’ll pick on signing day this Sunday. Until then, he is unsure of what he’s going to do.
“I have a lot of thinking to do,” Harris said. “I’m taking these visits, all these schools showing me a good time and what they got to offer as far as opportunities on and off the field. It came fast, but I’m ready for it to be over with. Nothing is set in stone now. I’ll know for sure when I leave that Sunday what I’m going to do, and take two, three days to finalize things when I get back.”
Allen reaffirms with Alabama
SEC Country reported on Sunday via a source close to the Alabama program that 4-star linebacker Christopher Allen from Southern University Lab High School (Baton Rouge, La.) was 100 percent locked in with his commitment to the Crimson Tide. On Tuesday, we heard from Allen himself and what he told Saban before he left Tuscaloosa last weekend following his official visit.
“I told him that there’s nothing to be worried about,” Allen told SEC Country’s Alabama podcast. “I’m 100 percent committed.”
On the podcast, Allen goes in-depth on what he told LSU coach Ed Orgeron when he gave him the news that he was sticking with Alabama, what it’s like turning down his childhood favorite school and more. Be sure to check it out here.
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