Alabama currently has the nation’s No. 24 recruiting class and the ninth 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 said the team can only sign 22 Class of 2018 recruits because of the delayed enrollment in the 2017 class of center Hunter Brannon, kicker Joseph Bulovas and Jack linebacker Jarez Parks. Brannon and Bulovas were blueshirted and Parks was greyshirted.
How will Alabama fill out the rest of its 2018 class on the offensive side of the ball? Here are SEC Country’s latest projections:
*-indicates current commitment
QB: Jarren Williams
Analysis: Jarren Williams de-committed from Kentucky only to re-commit to the Wildcats, but another de-commitment could soon come. Williams is the leader and face of Kentucky’s recruiting class, but he has been listening to Alabama over the past few weeks and months. He visited Tuscaloosa for the Ole Miss game, where he received lots of face time with the coaching staff and even spoke with athletic director Greg Byrne. I think it’s likely that either Williams or Ohio State quarterback Emory Jones flips. Right now, I’m leaning toward Williams being the guy.
Confidence level: 40 percent
RB: Jerome Ford
Analysis: Jerome Ford says South Florida leads for him, but if Alabama pushes for a commitment, then it’s hard to imagine him passing on the Crimson Tide for the Bulls. Ford is the team’s top uncommitted target at the position right now. The Tide are expected to send an assistant to Ford’s game this Friday.
Confidence level: 30 percent
Analysis: Xavier Williams is committed to Alabama and hasn’t made any intentions of changing his commitment. He’s actively recruiting for the Crimson Tide.
Jaylen Waddle is Alabama’s top slot receiver target. Waddle, from Bellaire, Texas, has visited Tuscaloosa three times since early summer. He was last at Alabama for the Ole Miss game and will return for an official visit for the LSU game. At this point, it would be surprising if he didn’t commit to Alabama.
Confidence level: 80 percent
TE: Luke Ford
Analysis: Luke Ford told SEC Country last week that Alabama, Georgia and Michigan are now tied at the top of his recruitment; however, Ford was in Tuscaloosa this past weekend for the Arkansas game. It wouldn’t be a shock to see Alabama alone at the top now. It should be noted that Ford has said that he wants to play with 5-star quarterback Justin Fields in college. Fields committed to Georgia earlier this month.
Confidence level: 45 percent
Analysis: Tommy Brown’s father, Vince, graduated from Alabama in the early 1980s. Once Tommy received his offer from his father’s alma mater, it was only a matter of time before he committed, which he did July 21. He won’t be flipping.
Emil Ekiyor took an official visit to Alabama for the Ole Miss game, and sources close to the program feel like they have a very good shot at flipping Ekiyor from his commitment to Michigan. If Ekiyor and Sewell both want to commit to Alabama, you may see current Tide offensive guard/center commit Jarrett Bell look elsewhere.
While Penei Sewell won’t say it publicly, this is truly an Alabama-Oregon race. Sewell’s father has said his son is looking for the school that will give him the best chance of making it to the NFL. The Crimson Tide have sent more offensive linemen to the league than the Ducks.
Confidence level: 65 percent
ATH: Slade Bolden*
Analysis: Slade Bolden committed to Alabama on Aug. 3. He likely won’t take visits elsewhere.
Confidence level: 99.9 percent
Check back on Tuesday to see how the defensive class could possibly look come Signing Day.
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