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 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
Analysis: Stephon Wynn has been quiet since he committed to Alabama in July. He took an official visit to Tuscaloosa for the Arkansas game and returned for the LSU game. He hasn’t visited any other schools since committing.
Andres Fox makes his debut in the projections. Fox grew up a major Alabama fan. His parents, at one point at least, wanted him to choose the Crimson Tide. Alabama is very high on Fox and have made him a giant priority.
Christian Barmore has yet to visit Tuscaloosa but is expected to in December. He is Alabama’s top uncommitted defensive tackle target.
Confidence level: 65 percent
LB: Jordan Davis*, Cameron Latu*, Eyabi Anoma, JJ Peterson, Quay Walker*
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. Since then, the Utah native has returned to Tuscaloosa several times. He’s locked in with his commitment.
Eyabi Anoma has visited Tuscaloosa three times already and is expected to return to campus for an official visit after the season. 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. He has said he will make his decision after his senior season. Peterson hasn’t visited Tuscaloosa this fall, but he hasn’t visited anywhere yet.
Quay Walker returns to the projections. Yes, he has visited Auburn numerous times, but he’s also visited Tuscaloosa numerous times, too. He hasn’t given any indication to Alabama staff members that they should fear losing his commitment.
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.
Josh Jobe has always been close to being included in the mock signing class, but I haven’t put him in until now. He replaces 5-star cornerback Tyson Campbell. I’ve heard that even though Jobe shows lots of love toward Miami — the school he’s committed to — on social media, he still has lots of interest in Alabama. He talks to the Tide staff almost on a daily basis.
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 and he could make his decision by the end of the week.
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: 65 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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