Alabama currently has the nation’s No. 21 recruiting class and the eighth 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 offense? Here are SEC Country’s latest projections:
*-indicates current commitment
QB: Emory Jones
Analysis: It seems like it’s just a matter of time before Emory Jones flips from Ohio State to Alabama. The Buckeyes already have started to offer other quarterbacks. That tells me that the team is not very confident that Jones sticks with OSU. Jones has been a frequent visitor to Tuscaloosa this year.
Confidence level: 55 percent
RB: Jerome Ford
Analysis: Jerome Ford recently told SEC Country that Alabama and South Florida lead for him. He visited Tuscaloosa for the LSU game and absolutely loved his time. It’s hard to imagine him choosing the Bulls over the Crimson Tide, knowing Ford is the team’s top uncommitted running back target.
Confidence level: 70 percent
Analysis: Jacob Copeland makes his debut in our mock signing class. Copeland, a 4-star prospect from Escambia High School (Pensacola, Fla.), is committed to Florida. The Gators have fired Jim McElwain and likely won’t retain wide receivers coach Kerry Dixon. Those are the two guys Copeland was closest to at Florida. He’s expected to visit Tuscaloosa once again this weekend for the team’s game against Mercer, if that tells you anything.
Jaylen Waddle is Alabama’s top slot receiver target. Waddle, from Bellaire, Texas, has visited Tuscaloosa four times this year. He took an official visit to Alabama for the LSU game. At this point, it would be surprising if he didn’t commit to Alabama.
Xavier Williams is committed to Alabama and hasn’t made any intentions of changing his commitment. He’s actively recruiting for the Crimson Tide.
Confidence level: 85 percent
TE: Dominick Wood-Anderson
Analysis: Dominick Wood-Anderson was once silently committed to Alabama before publicly committing to Texas. He has since backed off his commitment to the Longhorns. One of the big reasons why he chose to back off his Texas commitment was because of the Tide’s pursuit of him. This time around, I expect Wood-Anderson to publicly choose the Tide.
Confidence level: 75 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 committed to Alabama last month. He will sign his letter of intent in December before enrolling at Alabama in the summer because his school doesn’t allow early graduates.
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 far 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
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