Alabama recruiting question of the day: Way-too-early projection for Tide D-line class
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.
potential DL class?
— Shaun M. (@MontyBama) March 5, 2018
It’s obviously too early to know which recruits are going to sign with Alabama next February. I guarantee there will be new names emerge at each position group in the coming months as Alabama starts hosting camps this summer.
If I had to guess right now, these are the defensive linemen I am projecting to be in Alabama’s class:
- 5-star defensive tackle Ishmael Sopsher
- 5-star defensive tackle Faatui Tuitele
- 4-star defensive tackle DJ Dale
- 4-star defensive end Nathan Pickering
- 4-star defensive end Byron Young
Sopsher doesn’t have Alabama in his top 12, but I can’t care any less about a recruit’s top whatever list this far out from National Signing Day. Top schools lists that have more than a handful of schools are pointless. Recruits may say they are still considering more than 10 schools, but in reality they likely aren’t.
Sopsher is the nation’s No. 1 defensive tackle in the 2019 class. He’s a former teammate of DeVonta Smith and his current teammate, Devonta Lee, is a major wide receiver target for the Tide. The Tide are strongly recruiting Sopsher and likely will be a major player in the end.
Tuitele doesn’t have an offer yet, but that likely will change when he visits in early April. He’s a former teammate of Tua Tagovailoa and told SEC Country that seeing the quarterback have the success he did as a freshman makes him realize that he can leave Hawaii for the East Coast and have a similar path.
Dale is an in-state prospect who is high on the Tide.
Pickering and Young are from Mississippi. Pickering has visited several times. Young visited Tuscaloosa last month and left with Alabama as his leader.
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