Recruiting question of the day: What’s the likelihood Alabama keeps LB committed?
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.
What are your thoughts on Quay Walker? Also, who are the remaining DBs on the board? With the new coach from A&M, does that help with Isaac Taylor-Stuart?
Quay Walker, a 4-star linebacker from Crisp County High School (Cordele, Ga.), has been committed to Alabama since June, but he’s not 100 percent on board with the Crimson Tide.
Walker is still taking visits. He took an official visit to Tennessee this past weekend and will visit Auburn and Georgia before making a final decision on National Signing Day. The good news for the Tide is they have a chance to reel him back in this weekend when he visits Tuscaloosa. There’s no better time for a top target to visit Alabama than this weekend because the national championship parade is on Saturday. You better believe recruits will have a front-row seat to the festivities.
Alabama has its work cut out for itself with Walker because he was close to Jeremy Pruitt and former defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley, who was his primary recruiter. Outside linebackers coach Tosh Lupoi visited Walker this past weekend.
As of today, I don’t expect Walker in this class, but my answer could change after he visits.
For the second part of your question, the remaining defensive backs on the board are: 5-star cornerbacks Tyson Campbell, Patrick Surtain Jr. and Isaac Taylor-Stuart and 3-star cornerback Eddie Smith. All of them have committable offers.
Campbell and Surtain will visit Alabama this weekend. Taylor-Stuart said he will “for sure” visit Tuscaloosa before making his decision on National Signing Day. Smith will visit Tuscaloosa next weekend.
New special teams coordinator Jeff Banks was Taylor-Stuart’s primary recruiter at Texas A&M. There are some who believe A&M was the favorite prior to Banks’ departure from College Station. Now that he’s at Alabama, one would think that the Tide’s chances at landing Taylor-Stuart have increased.
Remember, there was a time period going into Taylor-Stuart’s junior season that Alabama was his leader following a summer trip to Tuscaloosa. I think if he does make it to campus, they’re going to get his commitment.
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