Welcome to the Alabama recruiting mailbag, I am your letter-opener Chris Kirschner.
Questions for the mailbag were submitted to me via my Twitter account, which you can follow here. Questions were also submitted via the Alabama Insiders Facebook page. If you didn’t get a chance to submit your question for this edition of the mailbag, you still can send me questions for future editions by tweeting me or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There were A LOT of good questions this week, so let’s dig in.
What are your overall thoughts on what Najee Harris is going to do?
This is the question that obviously everyone wants to know an answer to. And I really don’t know, conclusively, what the 5-star Alabama commit is going to do. There are two options here: stick with Alabama or flip to Michigan.
Sources close to the Alabama program believe they’ll keep Harris committed in the class. From reading stories on the Michigan side of things, the Wolverines appear to be confident that they can flip him from the Crimson Tide. I’m not going to front and say I have sources within the Michigan program — I don’t — so, all I can say is that Alabama is still confident it holds his commitment in the end.
Harris and his inner circle have been tight-lipped on his recruitment ever since he visited Michigan last week. I think that’s just so there aren’t any distractions as they try to figure out where he should play college football.
I spent several days in Antioch, Calif. last month, and there are several people close to Harris who are hoping he sticks with Alabama. Those people are very instrumental in his process.
I still believe Alabama will be the school he attends next month. Until I hear anything otherwise, I’m sticking with my prediction.
Is Alabama really going to pass on DeVonta Smith because of numbers?
Numbers are very tight in Alabama’s class right now. The Tide have 25 commitments and several remaining targets on the board, including 4-star wide receiver DeVonta Smith.
I’ve heard this go back-and-forth over the past couple days. Multiple people have told me different answers. Alabama will only take one more receiver, and that would be Henry Ruggs III, is one of the answers. I’ve also been told that the Tide are trying to figure out how they can take Ruggs and Smith.
So, it seems like it’s early to give a definitive answer here. Alabama loves both of these wide receivers, as both of them are at the top of the big board at the position.
Do you think Alabama gets Henry Ruggs when he commits?
(Jeffery Moore — Alabama Insiders)
I think so. The 4-star wide receiver has a lot of people in his inner circle that are big-time Alabama fans. He’s visited the campus more so than any other school and has the closest relationship with the Alabama commits out of the other other four schools he’s considering — Auburn, Florida, Florida State and Penn State.
With Ruggs being viewed as the No. 1 wide receiver target on the board, it’s hard for me to say Alabama is going to miss on a major in-state priority.
Who is the most important uncommitted recruit Alabama needs to get before signing day?
(Andrew Hamil — Alabama Insiders)
LaBryan Ray, a 4-star defensive end from James Clemens High School (Madison, Ala.), is a must-have in Alabama’s 2017 class. Signing several elite defensive linemen is arguably Alabama’s biggest area of need in this class. There are few in the 2017 class that are as good as Ray.
He has been one of Alabama’s biggest priorities regardless of position. It’s hard for me to see the Tide miss on him.
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