When Tarik Black announces his commitment at the U.S. Army All-American bowl in January, Alabama should expect to be one of his finalists.
Black, a 4-star wide receiver from Cheshire (Conn.) Academy, told SEC Country why the Crimson Tide are solidified in his top five.
“They’re in national championships every other year, if not every single year,” Black said. “It’s definitely a big deal to have them want me because not many kids from Connecticut can say that Alabama came to their school and is recruiting them. It’s definitely an honor.”
When Black released his top five a few weeks ago, Alabama, UCLA, Michigan, Stanford and Notre Dame all made the cut. He named the Bruins his leader, but he now says those five schools are all on equal ground.
Stanford may have a bit of an edge on everyone. He’s great friends with Cardinal quarterback commit Davis Mills. The two have known each other since middle school, and Mills has made persuading Black to join him in Stanford’s class a big priority.
Black flashed a big smile when asked about Stanford.
“There’s no order to my top five, but they are more toward the top of that list,” Black said. “Education is very important to me, and there aren’t many better schools than Stanford.”
The 6-foot-4, 208-pound prospect will make a silent commitment to his school of choice before the start of his senior season. He is choosing to go that route because he said he’d like to continue taking visits to other schools and not have the fanbase of the school he’s committed to criticize his decision.
Black will visit Tuscaloosa this July. Alabama is an intriguing pick for Black because of the receivers the school has developed over the years.
“They produce a lot of receivers — Amari Cooper, Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley,” Black said. “That’s definitely a big deal to me.”
In addition to Black, Alabama is targeting these wide receivers heavily: five-star Devonta Smith (Amite, La.), along with four-stars Jerry Jeudy (Pompano Beach, Fla.), Nico Collins (Pinson, Ala.), Henry Ruggs III (Montgomery, Ala.) and Jeff Thomas (East Saint Louis, Ill.)
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.