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Jacob Copeland is one of Alabama's top targets.

Recruiting question of the day: How does Tua Tagovailoa’s emergence affect WR targets?

The early signing period has passed and Alabama is trying to obtain another No. 1 recruiting class come February. With recruiting ramping up, SEC Country’s Chris Kirschner will answer the Recruiting Question of the Day every day of the week. You can ask him your questions on Twitter or on Facebook. Find our previous question-and-answers here.


It’s likely that Alabama’s outlook at the quarterback position has changed for good after the Tide’s national championship win against Georgia on Monday night. It’s clear that the position has improved with Tua Tagovailoa behind center. And that should help the Tide when it comes to recruiting wide receivers.

There are three main receiver targets left on the board for the 2018 cycle: 4-star prospects Jacob Copeland, Justyn Ross and Jaylen Waddle.

Copeland will likely choose from Alabama or Florida; I do not believe the interest in Tennessee for one second. Copeland loves the recruiting process and the attention it brings, so the more schools he can claim an interest in, the better it is for him. He will take an official visit to Tuscaloosa on Jan. 26. He’ll visit Texas A&M the weekend before and then Florida on the final weekend before signing day, which is when he’ll make his decision.

I asked Copeland last week if he would have committed to the Tide had Jeremy Pruitt, his primary recruiter, stayed at Alabama. He said indeed there is a good chance he would’ve ended up in Tuscaloosa if Pruitt didn’t leave. He said the entire staff is in touch with him, though, including Nick Saban. Alabama remains in good shape because Copeland does have a relationship with Saban and Mike Locksley.

The staff actually called Copeland shortly after the game on Monday.

Ross is down to Alabama, Auburn and Clemson. He’s still giving consideration to Florida, but it seems like it’s too late for the Gators to get in the mix — even though he may visit. Lots of people believe the No. 1 prospect in Alabama will choose Clemson, but he swears that he has no idea where he’s going. I asked Ross if there was ever a time where he had a private leader and he said no. I also asked if there was a time where he felt like he was close to choosing a school or even leaning toward a school and again he said no. He still says Clemson is the school that impressed him the most when he visited.

Here’s what Ross tweeted Monday when Jalen Hurts was in the game.

And here’s what Ross tweeted after Tagovailoa was doing his thing.

He took notice. He’ll visit Tuscaloosa on Jan. 19 and Auburn on Jan. 26. He has already taken his visit to Clemson.

Waddle will likely choose from Alabama and Texas A&M. He told SEC Country last week where the two programs stood for him right here. Here’s what he tweeted at DeVonta Smith right after he caught the game-winning touchdown.

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