Alabama currently has the nation’s No. 24 recruiting class and the 9th best in the SEC, according to the 247Sports composite. The Crimson Tide only have 11 commitments, so for them to be ranked that highly shows how elite this class already is.
Coach Nick Saban himself said the team can only sign 22 Class of 2018 recruits because of the delayed enrollment of Hunter Brannon, Joseph Bulovas and Jarez Parks in the 2017 class because of blueshirting in Brannon’s and Bulovas’ cases and greyshirting for Parks.
How will Alabama fill out the rest of its 2018 class on the defensive side of the ball and on special teams? Here are SEC Country’s latest projections:
*indicates current commitment
DL: Stephon Wynn Jr.*, Bobby Brown, Caleb Tremblay
Analysis: Stephon Wynn has been quiet since he committed to Alabama in July. He said at the time that he’s not expecting to take official visits to anywhere other than Alabama, which he did this past weekend for the team’s game against Arkansas.
There are several schools in the mix for Bobby Brown, most notably Texas, Texas A&M and Oklahoma, in addition to Alabama. Brown will take an official visit to Tuscaloosa this weekend for Alabama’s game against Tennessee where the Tide staff will look to wrap up Brown ahead of his Nov. 2 commitment. He will take an official visit to Texas A&M next weekend. That is a big visit.
Tremblay emerged on the scene in June after a strong performance at Alabama’s camp. It’s hard seeing him choose any other school when he makes his decision.
Confidence level: 70 percent
LB: Jordan Davis*, Cameron Latu*, Eyabi Anoma, JJ Peterson, Vernon Jackson
Analysis: Jordan Davis couldn’t be any more vocal about his commitment to Alabama. He loves everything about the Tide and has said he’s 100 percent committed.
Cameron Latu committed to the team in August. It’s not known yet if he will take official visits elsewhere, but I don’t expect him to change his mind on Alabama.
Eyabi Anoma has visited Tuscaloosa twice already and is expected to return to campus this fall for an official visit. Alabama and Maryland appear to be the favorites. I fully expect the Tide to land his commitment. Those in Tuscaloosa are very confident on this one.
JJ Peterson has named Alabama his leader for several months now. I’m surprised he hasn’t committed yet. He has said he will make his decision after his senior season, but it wouldn’t be shocking to see him commit sooner than that.
Vernon Jackson is Alabama’s most recent commitment. He has already taken visits elsewhere [Baylor and Texas A&M] since his decision, which is never a good thing. If he continues taking visits, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Alabama push for others considering that this year’s linebacker class is deep and Jackson actually plays quarterback for his school, so the learning curve on playing linebacker in the SEC wil likely be large for him.
Confidence level: 85 percent
Analysis: Jalyn Armour-Davis is locked in with his commitment to Alabama. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him take official visits elsewhere, but I would be stunned if he flipped his commitment.
Tyson Campbell visited Tuscaloosa in July and things couldn’t have gone better for Alabama’s chances with the team’s No. 1 cornerback target. There’s still lots of time left in Campbell’s recruitment, but this is trending in a positive direction for the Tide. The team is expecting him to take an official visit at some point this fall.
Nadab Joseph de-committed from LSU in August. I was actually surprised he just didn’t flip his commitment to Alabama at the time. The Crimson Tide have been trending for several months now.
Saivion Smith is now at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College after transferring from LSU. The former 5-star prospect has started off hot in JUCO with the Alabama staff being wowed with his progress. With him wanting to choose a school that will offer a chance for immediate playing time, I think the Tide’s wide-open depth chart at corner next season will be too enticing for him to pass up.
Confidence level: 35 percent
P: Skyler Delong*
Analysis: Delong committed to Alabama over the summer and isn’t planning on taking visits elsewhere. He’s locked in with his commitment.
Confidence level: 99.9 percent
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