Alabama recruiting question of the day: What kind of receivers will Tide target for 2019?
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.
Will Bama go after more WR's like Waddle or will they go for big bodies?
— Justin Waldrop (@Jwaldrop32) February 19, 2018
First off, wide receiver will not be an important position for Alabama to recruit in the 2019 class. You could make the case that it’s the least-important position for the Tide this cycle. Why? Well, Alabama has one of the best wide receivers rooms in the country.
The Tide returns three playmakers who are all sophomores in Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs and DeVonta Smith. We have yet to see Tyrell Shavers. He’ll be a redshirt freshman, but I was very impressed with him when he was a recruit.
Alabama adds Slade Bolden, Jaylen Waddle and Xavier Williams to that group, too. All three of them are expected to play in the slot.
So, to answer your question Justin, I think Alabama is going to target more big-bodied receivers this cycle. We know that the Tide wanted at least one in the 2018 class but missed on Justyn Ross, who signed with Clemson.
I think Alabama will sign two receivers this cycle and I expect at least one of them to be a big receiver. Some names to know: Auburn wide receiver commit George Pickens, Theo Wease Jr., Frank Ladson and Devonta Lee. Pickens and Lee don’t have an Alabama offer yet, but I expect them to get one down the road.
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