It’s been a busy week for Alabama as far as visitors are concerned, and the weekend will be, too.
So far, Alabama has hosted 5-stars Shaun Wade (cornerback, Jacksonville, Fla.) and JaCoby Stevens (safety, Murfreesboro, Tenn.); 4-stars Lamont Wade (cornerback, Clairton, Penn.), Anthony McFarland (running back, Hyattsville, Md.) and Kendall Randolph (offensive guard, Madison, Ala.) to name a few.
This weekend is highlighted by 4-star wide receiver Jeff Thomas from East Saint Louis, Ill. Thomas had previously named Alabama his leader, but has since named a top six. The Crimson Tide are in the mix.
Wide receiver spots are going to be tight considering 4-stars Devonta Smith (Amite, La.), Jerry Jeudy (Pompano Beach, Fla.) and Henry Ruggs III (Montgomery, Ala.) are near locks for the Tide. Also, 4-star Tyrell Shavers (Lewisville, Texas) committed to Alabama earlier this week.
The question with Thomas becomes will Alabama take five receivers? And if so, will the Tide take a commitment from him? Alabama would certainly take a commitment from 4-star Nico Collins (Pinson, Ala.) if he wants to join on National Signing Day, but the interest level in Thomas from the staff is unknown. Thomas rarely talks to the media and doesn’t talk much with college coaches either as he has chosen to remain mysterious with his recruitment.
If Thomas wants to commit this weekend, perhaps Alabama accepts his commitment. This could be his only chance to join the Tide if he wants in this class with wide receiver appearing nearly locked up.
What Thomas decides to do is the biggest storyline this weekend. Here are some other recruiting items worth tracking:
Who else is visiting this weekend?
Trey Smith, 4-star offensive tackle (Jackson, Tenn.). Smith is strongly considering Alabama, Tennessee, among others.
Hezekiah Jones, 4-star WR (Stafford, Texas). Jones is strongly considering Alabama and Auburn, among others. Jones de-committed from Baylor shortly after Art Briles was fired.
Jhavonte Dean, junior college cornerback from Blinn College (Homestead, Fla.). Dean claims offers from Alabama, Kentucky and Florida, among others.
Who got offered this week?
4-star cornerback Kary Vincent from Port Arthur, Texas:
— Kary Vincent Jr. (@__KCINCO) June 13, 2016
3-star athlete Tariq Castro-Fields from Upper Marlboro, Md.:
— Tariq Castro-Fields (@ayeewonton) June 15, 2016
4-star tight end Jimmy Jaggers from Roseville, Calif.:
— Jimmy Jaggers (@jimmy_jaggers) June 15, 2016
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All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.
Chris Kirschner covers Alabama football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Bryant-Denny.