Alabama will know where it stands heading into the 2016 season Wednesday, as the majority of recruits across the country sign their letter of intent on National Signing Day.
It’s going to be a wild finish as the Crimson Tide have several targets on its recruiting board, which can be viewed here.
This week, we are projecting wide receiver Tyler Simmons to flip his commitment from Alabama to Georgia. The Bulldogs have made a strong, late push to get Simmons in their class. He committed to the Crimson Tide over the Bulldogs last month. Kirby Smart and staff never gave up. Just recently, Smart and almost the entire Bulldogs staff visited Simmons at his home in hopes of getting him to commit.
With that said, here is our final projection of what Alabama’s recruiting class will look like on National Signing Day.
Before we reveal our take on how the class will shake out, view our previous predictions:
Current class (**indicates early enrollee):
QB: Jalen Hurts**
RB: B.J. Emmons
WR: Tyler Simmons
WR: T.J. Simmons**
TE: Brendan Scales
TE: Miller Forristall**
OL: Jonah Williams**
OL: Charles Baldwin**
OL: Chris Owens**
OL: Deonte Brown
DT: Quinnen Williams
DT: Kendell Jones
DT: Raekwon Davis
CB: Nigel Knott
S: Joshua Perry
ATH: Trevon Diggs
ATH: Shawn Jennings**
Projected class as of 2/2:
QB: Jalen Hurts** (four stars)
RB: B.J. Emmons (four stars)
RB: Joshua Jacobs (four stars)
WR: T.J. Simmons** (three stars)
WR: Trevon Diggs (four stars)
TE: Brendan Scales (three stars)
TE: Miller Forristall** (three stars)
TE: Irvin Smith (three stars)
OL: Jonah Williams** (five stars)
OL: Charles Baldwin** (four stars)
OL: Chris Owens** (four stars)
OL: Deonte Brown (four stars)
OL: Scott Lashley (four stars)
DE: Terrell Hall (four stars)
DT: Raekwon Davis (four stars)
DT: Quinnen Williams (four stars)
DT: Kendell Jones (four stars)
DT: Jamar King (three stars)
LB: Ben Davis (five stars)
LB: Mack Wilson (five stars)
CB: Shyheim Carter (four stars)
CB: Jared Mayden (four stars)
CB: Nigel Knott (four stars)
S: Joshua Perry (three stars)
ATH: Shawn Jennings** (three stars)
Here’s why I think the Crimson Tide will sign the following players come signing day:
On Jacobs: The Oklahoma native was offered by Alabama just a week ago. Things moved quickly after that. He took an official visit to Tuscaloosa last Saturday. I think he’s going to hop on the chance to play for the Tide. It’s a school he has wanted to play for.
On Smith: Smith makes his debut in the predictions. My mind was partly made up after Smith chose to cancel an in-home visit with Texas, which is one of his finalists. He also de-committed from Texas A&M a day before visiting Alabama two weeks ago.
On Lashley: Alabama offensive line coach Mario Cristobal visited Lashley several times over the past few weeks. Even though Lashley de-committed from Mississippi State back in May, Starkville, Miss. was thought to be his eventual landing spot because of so many trips he made to the Bulldogs’ campus. In the end, I think because Alabama has made him a big priority as of late, Lashley will choose the Tide.
On Hall: The Washington, D.C. prospect visited Alabama on Jan. 22, and the recruit from the nation’s capital is very high on the Crimson Tide. He told SEC Country that he is intrigued by Alabama’s versatile defensive players. He wants to drop into pass coverage and play with his hand in the ground on the next level.
On King: The three-star defensive tackle visited Alabama the weekend of Jan. 22, but ended up not committing, as I previously thought he would. He told SEC Country after his visit that Alabama fans just have to ‘wait and see’ on National Signing Day. I think the Crimson Tide will get good news from him.
On Davis: Davis is the son of Alabama’s all-time leading tackler, Wayne Davis. That doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be attending Alabama like his father, though it would be a major surprise. Heading into his official visit to Alabama this past weekend, Davis had Georgia as his leader. He changed that after his visit to Tuscaloosa concluded.
On Wilson: It seems like Wilson tells reporters a different story every single day, but one thing that remains consistent is the fact that Alabama has been his dream school since he was a little kid. I think it’s going to be hard for him to leave the state and choose to sign with a school he hasn’t dreamed about his entire life.
On S. Carter: Carter was once committed to Alabama, and it was looking like he was leaning toward Georgia or Ole Miss, but that changed when Jeremy Pruitt was hired to be the Tide’s defensive coordinator. Carter has told SEC Country that he considers Pruitt to be one of the best men around. It would not be surprising if he ended up back with the Tide. Consider Ole Miss Alabama’s biggest competition. Carter, who has two children, said the Rebels coaching staff treats his kids the best out of any school.
On Mayden: Alabama’s chances of landing the four-star corner from Texas improved after hosting him on an official visit two weekends ago. He had a chance to speak with Saban one-on-one, and the coach told him that he had a good chance of making an impact from Day 1 if he were to choose Alabama. He’ll announce his commitment on signing day between Oklahoma and Alabama. The one thing the Tide have working against them is the fact that Mayden is a dual legacy at Oklahoma.