We’re just two days away from National Signing Day, and there are plenty of big fish still out there for Alabama to reel in.
There are several five-star targets sill on the Crimson Tide’s big board, and there’s an excellent chance that Alabama signs several of them.
Here’s a look at who could end up in Tuscaloosa this season with the hopes of winning a back-to-back title.
Top remaining targets
Ben Davis, five-star linebacker, Gordo, Ala.
Where things stand: The nation’s No. 1 inside linebacker named Alabama his leader after taking an official visit to Tuscaloosa on Jan. 22. Heading into that visit, Georgia led for him. Davis (6-3, 240) told SEC Country the main reason for the change was that he was impressed with the Crimson Tide’s academic pitch — something he had not heard a whole lot about on previous visits.
Right now, the biggest competition to Alabama for his services are the Bulldogs and the Auburn Tigers. In the end, the son of Alabama’s all-time leading tackler, Wayne Davis, is expected to follow in his father’s footsteps. It would be a major surprise if Davis chose anywhere other than Alabama.
Confidence level: 95 percent
Mique Juarez, five-star linebacker, Torrance, Calif.
Where things stand: The nation’s No. 1 outside linebacker made his first trip to Tuscaloosa on Jan. 22, and the trip could not have been better for him. SEC Country caught up with Juarez (6-2, 231) shortly after his official visit, and he could not stop smiling. Juarez called the trip “indescribable.”
Alabama’s biggest competition for the West Coast star includes UCLA and Ole Miss. After his trip to Alabama, the Crimson Tide definitely put themselves in a good position to land Juarez. Even though Alabama is over 2,000 miles away from his home in California, his family has said their son could play for any school he’d like to attend.
Confidence level: 55 percent
Mecole Hardman, Jr., five-star athlete, Bowman, Ga.
Where things stand: The nation’s No. 1 athlete lists Alabama as his leader, but Crimson Tide fans shouldn’t put too much stock into that. While his interest in Alabama is real, he never took an official visit to the school and his mother never got a chance to check the school out. That’s important because Hardman (5-10, 179) is a very family-oriented man.
Georgia is Alabama’s biggest competition, and that’s the school many recruiting analysts are predicting he’ll sign. Just recently, he told DawgNation that the Bulldogs were the team that has been recruiting him the hardest as of late. The school is around 30 minutes from his home, and he’s made so many trips to Athens that it’s hard to keep up with. He’s also been promised the No. 4 jersey — his favorite number — if he were to commit to Georgia.
Confidence level: 10 percent
Lyndell “Mack” Wilson, five-star linebacker, Montgomery, Ala.
Where things stand: Mack Wilson’s recruitment has been interesting to say the least. For several months, Wilson has claimed Florida was his leader. But his story has changed so much that many in the recruiting industry just started to believe that Wilson (6-2, 220) wasn’t being truthful with having the Gators at the top of his list. Wilson was supposed to take an official visit to Florida this past weekend, but he didn’t after saying there was a “miscommunication” between the coaching staff and his mother, and that came after multiple Gators coaches traveled to Montgomery to see him.
In the end, Alabama has been the school many believed Wilson would choose. Despite his story changing frequently, one thing has remained consistent — Alabama has been his dream school since he was a little kid. He told SEC Country that he thinks about playing for the Crimson Tide “all the time.” Georgia is still in the race to land Wilson, mainly because of his strong relationship with Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart, but it would be surprising if he decided to commit to anywhere other than Alabama on Wednesday.
Confidence level: 85 percent
Jeffery Simmons, five-star defensive end, Macon, Miss.
Where things stand: Alabama has made Simmons (6-4, 277) a priority, but it remains to be seen if he’ll leave the state of Mississippi. It’s not the easiest task to take a player from the state of Mississippi, as the majority of them usually stay in-state. Out of the top 15 prospects from the state in last year’s class, only two of them left Mississippi. But, Simmons has long been intrigued with the Crimson Tide. He told SEC Country that he thinks Alabama’s depth on the defensive line is promising for the chance of early playing time.
Mississippi State and Ole Miss are Alabama’s biggest competition. I have projected Simmons to be a part of this year’s class, but I’m not overly confident with that pick.
Confidence level: 50 percent
Next two remaining targets
A.J. Brown, four-star wide receiver, Starkville, Miss.
Where things stand: Even though Brown lives in Starkville, the home of Mississippi State, Ole Miss is the biggest competition right now for Alabama. From other recruits that were on an official visit with him on Jan. 15, the four-star wide receiver looked like he was having a blast and seemed very interested in joining the Tide. Alabama made its last recruiting pitch this past Wednesday as Saban and wide receivers coach Billy Napier traveled to his school to speak with him. The 6-foot-1, 220-pounder is considered Alabama’s biggest priority at wide receiver.
Confidence level: 50 percent
Terrell Hall, four-star defensive end, Washington, D.C.
Where things stand: Just how big of a priority is Hall (6-5, 250)? Saban and linebackers coach Tosh Lupoi met Hall and his family in the airport before they traveled to Ole Miss for an official visit. Unlike many others on this list, the Rebels aren’t considered the biggest contenders for Hall. It’s Maryland. He’s receiving some pressure from those close to him to stay home and play for the Terrapins. But when he does announce his commitment Wednesday, I expect him to choose the Tide. Oh, by the way, he has the Alabama logo tattooed on his arm.
Confidence level: 80 percent