Alabama doesn’t lose many battles when it comes to the players it really wants, but that’s what happened this past weekend.
Aubrey Solomon, a 4-star defensive tackle from Lee County High School (Leesburg, Ga.), shocked many in the recruiting industry when he spurned Alabama and Georgia for Michigan. A source close to the Crimson Tide program told SEC Country that Solomon was near the top of the team’s board, regardless of position.
His recruitment is not over though.
Solomon told SEC Country that he still has an open mind and will still consider Alabama and Georgia moving forward. Ultimately, I think Solomon will remain in the South for college.
Alabama also lost out on 4-star offensive tackle Austin Troxell to Auburn. While he was torn between the two schools for several months, the choice of him choosing the Tigers wasn’t that surprising after the Tide picked up a commitment from the nation’s No. 1 junior college offensive tackle Elliot Baker two weeks ago. Alabama also has a commitment from 5-star offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood.
Troxell was one of Alabama’s big targets but once Baker was on board, his commitment became much less important.
That did not stop Auburn commit Malcolm Askew from making headlines shortly after Troxell’s commitment by claiming the Tigers are “winning the state” in recruiting. That just isn’t true.
Auburn has two of the state’s top seven prospects committed (Troxell and Alaric Williams) while Alabama has three (Markail Benton, Chadarius Townsend and Brian Robinson). Of of the top 10 prospects in the state, Alabama is in good position to land three more (LaBryan Ray, Ryan Johnson and Kendall Randolph). It’s very possible the Tigers end up with only two or three of the state’s top 10 prospects this year. It is possible that Will Ignont could join Troxell and Williams.
Not only is Alabama “winning the state in recruiting,” it has also “won the country” the past six years and is in good position to be ranked No. 1 this year, too. So even though Alabama missed on two recruits this past weekend, the Crimson Tide will move on and find the next future star elsewhere.
Notes & Nuggets from the weekend:
- Alex Leatherwood visited Florida this weekend. He remains 100 percent committed to Alabama, but will continue taking visits. The Gators are likely his No. 2 choice if he were to change his mind.
- Tide offered an eighth-grade quarterback. Yes, you read that correctly.
- Alabama made 4-star linebacker Tyler Taylor’s top 6. He’s a top target for the Crimson Tide.
- Georgia defensive end Malik Herring included Alabama in his top 7. The Crimson Tide is not a factor in his decision. Georgia is the overwhelming favorite.
- Mississippi State wide receiver commit Monterio Hunt was on campus this weekend. He is not a target for Alabama.
- Jahan Dotson, a 2018 4-star wide receiver from Nazareth (Penn.) High School, will visit Tuscaloosa on Monday. Auburn, Clemson and Georgia are a few of the schools that have offered him.
Who was offered this weekend?
2017 defensive back Kyriq McDonald from James Clemens High School (Madison, Ala.) — He is teammates with major Crimson Tide defensive line target LaBryan Ray. It’s very possible those two could be a package deal for Alabama when it comes time for them to announce their commitment.
— Kyriq McDonald6⃣ (@No_fly29) June 18, 2016
2017 3-star linebacker Sherrod Greene from Rocky Mount (N.C.) High School — Greene holds offers from South Carolina, California and Maryland, among others.
— Sherrod Greene (@Sherrod_D1) June 18, 2016
2017 3-star offensive tackle Thayer Munford from LaSalle High School (Cincinnati) — Munford holds offers from Kentucky, Louisville and Pittsburgh, among others.
— Thayer Munford6️⃣4️⃣ (@Big_Grizze62) June 18, 2016
2018 defensive end Greg Emerson from North Side High School (Jackson, Tenn.) — Emerson holds offers from Georgia, Tennessee, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Texas A&M and Kentucky, among others.
— Greg Emerson/G.mamba (@sneakerhad_greg) June 18, 2016
2018 4-star offensive tackle Reuben Unjie from Johns Creek High School (Alpharetta, Ga.) — Unjie holds offers from Tennessee and Missouri, among others.
— The Reuben Unije (@RUnije) June 18, 2016
2019 offensive guard Clay Webb from Oxford (Ala.) High School — Webb holds early offers from Auburn, Georgia and Mississippi State, among others.
— Clay Webb (@claywebbG3) June 19, 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.