Alabama will hold its invite-only Champions Cookout on Friday, and two 5-star recruits headline the group of blue-chip prospects headed to Tuscaloosa.
Isaiah Wilson, the nation’s No. 7 offensive tackle, arrives on campus Thursday and will stay through Sunday. This is Wilson’s second trip to Alabama this offseason. He made his first visit to Tuscaloosa in April for A-Day. Wilson’s recruitment is likely to come down to Michigan, Alabama, Southern California, LSU and Georgia.
JaCoby Stevens, the nation’s No. 1 athlete, will also be on Alabama’s campus this weekend. This is a giant visit for Stevens as he’s nearing a commitment that could come by the end of the month. He told SEC Country a few weeks ago that he wasn’t expecting to visit Alabama again before his commitment, so to get him back on campus is a very positive sign. Alabama, Georgia, Auburn and LSU remain in the mix.
There are several players who could potentially commit to Alabama before the weekend is over. TE Major Tennison, DB Kyriq McDonald, junior college DB Jhavonte Dean and 2018 DB Myles Mason could potentially be a part of the Crimson Tide.
Here are the prospects expected to be at Alabama this weekend:
(NOTE: This is not an official list. These are only the names SEC Country has confirmed that will be in attendance.)
4-star QB Mac Jones (Jacksonville, Fla.)
4-star LB VanDarius Cowan (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.)
4-star LB Markail Benton (Phenix City, Ala.)
4-star RB Brian Robinson (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)
5-star OT Isaiah Wilson (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
5-star S JaCoby Stevens (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)
4-star DE Ryan Johnson (Mobile, Ala.)
4-star DE Malik Herring (Forsyth, Ga.)
4-star CB DeAngelo Gibbs (Suwanne, Ga.)
4-star OG Kendall Randolph (Madison, Ala.)
4-star WR Henry Ruggs III (Montgomery, Ala.)
4-star DE Jarez Parks (Sebastian, Fla.)
4-star LB Tyler Taylor (Sugar Hill, Ga.)
3-star DB Kyriq McDonald (Madison, Ala.)
3-star TE Major Tennison (COMMITMENT WATCH) (Bullard, Texas)
3-star TE Kedrick James (Waco, Texas)
Junior college CB Jhavonte Dean (COMMITMENT WATCH) (Homestead, Fla.)
2018 4-star DB Myles Mason (COMMITMENT WATCH) (Pleasant Grove, Ala.)
Unsure if they’ll make it
2018 5-star DE Xavier Thomas
4-star defensive end Markaviest Bryant
3-star LB Monty Rice
Notable names not in attendance
Alabama 5-star OT commit Alex Leatherwood
Alabama 5-star RB commit Najee Harris
Alabama 4-star QB commit Tua Tagovailoa
4-star WR Devonta Smith
4-star DE LaBryan Ray
4-star LB Nate McBride
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.