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5-star RB Lingard doesn’t have a leader
Earlier this week, another news outlet reported Miami was the favorite for the nation’s No. 2 running back in the Class of 2018, but that’s incorrect.
Lorenzo Lingard, a 5-star prospect from University High School (Orange City, Fla.), told SEC Country that he currently favors no one. He has a bunch of schools in the mix, and Alabama is one of those schools.
Lingard attended Alabama’s camp Monday and left impressed with what he saw in Tuscaloosa.
“There were three eye-catchers at Alabama,” Lingard said. “The coaching staff is just full of great people. That’s something I am looking for in a college. I like their personalities a lot. They have great energy and knowledge. The second thing was when I went to camp, I really liked the intensity they had going on. That’s my type of style. That’s how I practice and how I play. Then finally, Coach (Burton) Burns, the running backs coach, we got along really well. I think it would be great to be coached by a guy like that.”
The 6-foot, 180-pound prospect is aware Alabama has commitments from the nation’s No. 1 overall player in the Class of 2017, 5-star running back Najee Harris, and 4-star running back Brian Robinson, but he’s not concerned about that.
The U.S. Army All-American lives for competition. It’s one of the reasons why he woke up early in the morning to see what kind of work goes in to being one of the top programs in the country.
“I actually woke up at 5:30 in the morning to watch the guys workout and get a feel for what they do,” Lingard said. “Everything is straightforward there. It’s high-intensity there. They practice like grown men. I like that.”
Lingard had a chance to speak to Nick Saban 1-on-1 for around 15 minutes on Monday. Saban told Lingard exactly what he wanted to hear.
“He looks for guys like me,” Lingard said. “He thinks I have the potential to be a great player for them. He also told me that the guys that play for him not only play for a good football team, but they also get a great education.”
As for why the future business management major thinks many people believe Miami is the school he’ll end up at, here’s what he had to say about that.
“There’s a lot of media hype down there,” Lingard said. “That’s probably why. But also, (Thomas) Brown, the running backs coach, we’re pretty close. Then Coach (Mark) Richt, I met him in eighth grade and there’s a connection there. I see potential in the team, but not as much as I see in Alabama and other bigger schools.”
Major Alabama target sets commitment date
Kendall Randolph, a 4-star offensive lineman from Bob Jones High School (Madison, Ala.), told SEC Country on Wednesday night that he’ll announce his commitment Aug. 2. Randolph is the brother of former Crimson Tide basketball player Levi Randolph.
That’s the day after another major Alabama target is supposed to announce his commitment. Henry Ruggs III, a 4-star wide receiver from Robert E. Lee High School (Montgomery, Ala.), is expected to reveal his commitment Aug. 1.
I believe Alabama will land both prospects when they announce their decisions.
5-star target will make it to Tuscaloosa this weekend
Isaiah Wilson, a 5-star offensive tackle from Brooklyn, N.Y., will make it to Alabama on Thursday for the Crimson Tide’s invite-only cookout Friday, he confirmed to SEC Country. Wilson will stay in Tuscaloosa until Sunday.
Wilson is one of Alabama’s biggest priorities in the Class of 2017, and to host him on campus multiple days is excellent for the team’s chances at landing the nation’s No. 7 offensive tackle.
The 6-foot-7, 354-pound prospect visited Alabama back in April for A-Day.
I believe this is a three-team race right now with Alabama battling Michigan and Georgia.
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.