Alabama’s 2018 class may not be complete as Tide look to bolster defensive line
Alabama finished seventh in the recruiting rankings in the 2018 class, but expect the Crimson Tide to be back on top come 2019. SEC Country’s Chris Kirschner will answer the Recruiting Question of the Day each weekday. You can ask him your questions on Twitter or on Facebook. Find our previous questions and answers here.
Bama still needs a DL-man…like right now…after missing on Bobby Brown & Langham from Huntsville. What do know about any JUCO DL or grad xfers Bama may be still trying to get for 2018?
— Shutdown Man (@ShutdownMan) March 19, 2018
Alabama signed two defensive linemen in the 2018 class in 4-star prospects Stephon Wynn and Christian Barmore. The team was hoping to add at least one more but missed on 4-star defensive end Bobby Brown, who flipped from Alabama to Texas A&M on National Signing Day, and 4-star defensive end Malik Langham, who signed with Florida.
“We were actually hoping to get one more defensive lineman in this class,” Nick Saban said on National Signing Day. “We feel really good about the two guys that we got. Stephon Wynn is a really good player, a big power guy. Barmore is the same kind of guy.
“I think some of the outside backer-type guys have become defensive linemen, so the fact that we got some really good guys at outside backer that have really good size and really good size potential may grow into something else in their career here. But that’s something that remains to be seen. But we feel really good about those two guys.
“Again, if we had our druthers we’d have got one more guy at that position, and we’ll continue to maybe look and evaluate and see if there’s somebody out there that would help us.”
The main name to know right now on the defensive line is Tevita Musika, an interior lineman from College of San Mateo (Calif.). Musika, a 6-foot-1, 300-pound prospect, picked up an offer from the Tide earlier this month. Defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi is Musika’s primary recruiter.
Musika is expected to visit Tuscaloosa in the coming weeks but a date has not been cemented. From talking with people with knowledge of the team’s recruitment of Musika, it would not come as a surprise to see him join the Tide when he visits.
He is a Class of 2018 prospect, so he’s able to enroll at the school of his choice this summer.
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