Alabama currently has the nation’s No. 28 recruiting class and the 10th best in the SEC, according to the 247Sports composite. The Crimson Tide only have 10 commitments, so for them to be ranked that highly shows how elite this class already is.
Nick Saban said the team can only sign 22 Class of 2018 recruits because of the delayed enrollment in the 2017 class of tackle Hunter Brannon, kicker Joseph Bulovas and defensive end 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: Emory Jones
Analysis: This is VERY premature of me to include Jones in a mock signing class. I get that. But, the Alabama interest on his end is very real. It’s the only school he’s kept in contact with other than Ohio State, which is the school he’s currently committed to.
There’s lots of noise in Columbus about making a switch at quarterback from J.T. Barrett to Dwayne Haskins after two mediocre performances from the incumbent starter. If Haskins does take over and excels, will that scare off Jones because Haskins is just a redshirt freshman? I don’t know the answer to that right now. From speaking with Jones multiple times in the past, he has said he doesn’t mind waiting his turn. It’s something he’d have to do at Alabama, too.
I know there are some people in Jones’ family who want him to remain close to home. That’s the biggest reason why I have Jones in this class. He’s the likeliest elite quarterback in the 2018 class to choose Alabama.
Confidence level: 20 percent
RB: Harold Joiner
Analysis: Harold Joiner makes the mock signing class for the first time after Alabama struck out on 5-star prospect Zamir White to Georgia and 4-star prospect Asa Martin to Auburn. Joiner is the next man up. The only problem with him is he has been adamant about not choosing a school that has depth at running back. Alabama does. I don’t think he realized that Alabama may only have three running backs next season if Bo Scarbrough and Damien Harris leave for the NFL.
Joiner has said that there’s no chance he commits to Alabama, but he has been known to frequently change his mind. I think he does.
Confidence level: 30 percent
Analysis: Tommy Bush is another new name. He replaces Justyn Ross. I think right now, Clemson is the team to beat for Ross. Bush has visited Tuscaloosa and is planning on taking an official visit to Alabama this fall. He told SEC Country on Tuesday he talks to multiple ‘Bama coaches every week and the Tide are in a really good spot. He’s keeeping a close eye on how the team’s offense develops, which tells me the interest is high.
Jaylen Waddle is Alabama’s top slot receiver target. Waddle, from Bellaire, Texas, has visited Tuscaloosa twice in the past few months. One source told SEC Country that Waddle’s family has warmed up to the idea of playing for the Tide. Florida State and Texas A&M are big threats. Waddle visited Atlanta for Alabama’s opener against Florida State. Alabama has gained significant ground here.
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: 35 percent
TE: Luke Ford
Analysis: Luke Ford makes his debut in our projections after Dominick Wood-Anderson committed to Texas. Wood-Anderson had told the Alabama staff the morning of his commitment that he was going to choose the Crimson Tide only to commit to the Longhorns. Ford has said that Alabama leads for him, and that hasn’t changed, but he is also considering Georgia. He has said he wants to play with 5-star quarterback Justin Fields in college. If Fields chooses Georgia, Ford to the Bulldogs becomes a strong possibility.
Confidence level: 55 percent
Analysis: Jarrett Bell committed to Alabama on Aug. 7, earning an offer from the Tide in July after a dominant performance at camp. Bell will either play center or guard in college.
Tommy Brown’s father, Vince, graduated from Alabama in the early 1980s. Once Tommy got 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.
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: 85 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 Thursday to see how the defensive class could possibly look come signing day.
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