Alabama picked up a big piece to the Class of 2017 on Monday when four-star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa announced his commitment to the Crimson Tide. Alabama can possibly pick up a 2017 recruit Thursday, and that’s what we’ll begin this week’s mailbag with.
Each week, we hope to answer some of the most pressing questions asked by our readers. You can either ask me on Twitter (@ChrisK_AJC) or comment below this article and we’ll use the best ones for next week’s mailbag.
That said, here are the top questions from our readers this week.
Will Alabama land Josiah Coatney tomorrow?
I spoke with Coatney, a 6-foot-5, 290-pound defensive end Tuesday, and in case you missed my story, he told me that he’s down to Alabama and Ole Miss. When he released his top four a few weeks ago, Florida and Texas A&M were also in the mix.
I could not get a read on Coatney on which way he was leaning. It seemed like he was truly 50-50 on his decision. He gave me his reasons on why he would choose each school.
On Ole Miss: “They have a great coaching staff; it’s a great place to be; it’s a great environment. They have a bright future.”
On Alabama: “They have a great tradition. They have a history of winning championships. Like Ole Miss, they also have a great coaching staff.”
My guess right now is Ole Miss will land Coatney when he makes his decision tomorrow. It does not help that Bo Davis resigned earlier this week, even though Coatney said he wasn’t concerned about it.
Who do we have the best chance at flipping?
I’m glad I get to keep the streak alive and mention Shaun Wade in the mailbag.
Wade, the five-star Ohio State cornerback commit from Trinity Christian High School (Jacksonville, Fla.), is my pick for most likely to flip to Alabama this cycle.
I don’t think it’s as clear as when VanDarius Cowan, the four-star LB who flipped to Alabama from Florida State, did it last month, but I am fairly confident in the Crimson Tide’s chances. He’s already named Alabama his No. 2 school.
Even though he lives in Jacksonville, Wade considers Montgomery his true hometown. What works in Alabama’s favor is the fact that the majority of his family still lives in Alabama, and that means a lot to him.
I don’t think a flip will come anytime soon, but I do think Alabama will sign this five-star prospect when his recruitment ends.
What’s with CBs this class? How many are we planning on signing and who are we looking at?
Don’t expect many cornerbacks in this class. Alabama signed four of them last cycle (Shyheim Carter, Nigel Knott, Jared Mayden and Aaron Robinson). The staff likes all four of those guys and expect them to contribute early on.
The projected amount of corners in this class is two. I think Shaun Wade will be one of those corners, but the next one is a mystery. Alabama is in the mix for five-star corner Stanford Samuels, but I think he’s a virtual lock to play for his father’s alma mater, Florida State, even though he visited for A-Day. DeAngelo Gibbs, a five-star, is highly considering Alabama and could play either corner or wide receiver on the next level. I think it’s a Georgia and Tennessee battle for him, though.
Tre Swilling, a three-star from New Orleans, is a name to keep an eye on. Alabama likes Swilling’s ability to either play corner or safety on the next level. His brother, Bruce Jordan-Swilling is a running back that is also high on Alabama. Even though the Tide have two RBs in this class already (Najee Harris and Brian Robinson), Alabama could sign three, and perhaps they would be a package deal.
I think more names will emerge this summer at the cornerback position, but it’s not a priority at all in this class.
Who do you think will be the next to commit?
I think Will Ignont, the four-star linebacker from Buckhorn High School (New Market, Ala.), will be the next to commit. He has not set a date yet but it’s expected to come soon.
Ignont told me shortly after visiting Alabama for A-Day that he had a school in mind that he wanted to play for. The timing of those comments would suggest that Alabama is in a good spot for his services. Alabama wants around four to five linebackers this class and it already has two commitments from VanDarius Cowan and Gary Johnson.
Tadarian Moultry, another four-star linebacker, is supposed to make his college decision soon and most feel like his decision will come down to Alabama and Auburn. I do not see Moultry in this class, though. My pick is for Auburn.
What is going on with Marvin Wilson?
Minutes after news broke that Bo Davis was going to resign, five-star defensive tackle Marvin Wilson announced he was no longer considering Alabama because of that.
Around 1 a.m. Wednesday, Wilson tweeted that Alabama was back in his recruitment.
Well, the nation’s top DT did receive a visit from Alabama outside linebackers coach Tosh Lupoi on Tuesday. Clearly, the conversation Lupoi and Wilson had made Wilson believe that Alabama was still going to be OK without Davis, who was his primary recruiter.
Wilson’s recruitment is going to be a wild one, and I expect Alabama to be in it until the end.
That’s all for this week. Make sure you comment below to have the chance to have your questions featured next week.
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.
Chris Kirschner covers Alabama football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Bryant-Denny.