Recruiting question of the day: Alabama has best chance to gain ground with which recruits this weekend?
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Out of all the visitors coming this week who does Alabama have the most chance to gain on
— Tre (@Earl5perrin) January 16, 2018
I’ll have a full breakdown of all the expected visitors this weekend and where their recruitments stand on Friday, but here’s the list of recruits who are planning on taking official visits:
- 5-star cornerback Tyson Campbell
- 5-star cornerback Patrick Surtain Jr.
- 5-star offensive tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere
- 4-star wide receiver Justyn Ross
- 4-star Tennessee linebacker commit JJ Peterson
- 4-star wide receiver signee Xavier Williams
- 4-star linebacker commit Quay Walker
- 4-star quarterback James Foster
- 3-star linebacker commit Vernon Jackson
- 3-star defensive end Malik Langham
Outside of Williams, who already has signed with Alabama, the Tide have a chance to gain ground on every single prospect listed here.
As far as in-state prospects go, I think Langham is going to choose Alabama when he makes his decision, so I don’t think the Tide have much impressing to do here. It’s possible he goes ahead and makes a commitment this weekend. Foster is still being evaluated. If he’s given the green light to commit, I think he would become the team’s quarterback signee.
Current Alabama commits Walker and Jackson are wavering on their pledge to the Tide. Walker visited Tennessee last weekend and will visit Auburn and Georgia before signing his commitment on Feb. 7. This weekend will give the team a great opportunity to lock him in. Jackson is still flirting with Texas, Oklahoma and Texas A&M.
Peterson committed to Tennessee without taking a visit to Knoxville. He eventually did take that trip last weekend. I have a hard time envisioning him in Alabama’s class because he’s extremely close with Jeremy Pruitt, Tennessee’s new coach, and it’s the main reason why he chose the Volunteers.
Ross is down to Alabama, Auburn and Clemson. He’s been to Tuscaloosa so many times. I doubt anything from his trip this weekend is going to change his mind on what he thinks of the Tide at this point. But, his primary recruiter, Derrick Ansley, is gone, so it’ll be a good opportunity for him to build relationships with other staff members.
A source close to the program told SEC Country that he believes Petit-Frere has Alabama out front with Ohio State in second place. The Tide have done a great job recruiting the 5-star tackle.
But there are no other recruits visiting this weekend that Alabama has a better chance to gain ground with than American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) cornerbacks Tyson Campbell and Patrick Surtain Jr.
The Tide will need to replace every player from the 2017 secondary. The depth in the secondary is very thin. Both Campbell and Surtain would have a good opportunity to play early if they chose the Tide. But, as it stands now, Alabama is not seen as the favorite for either player. Campbell is believed to be favoring Georgia, while Surtain favors LSU.
Fans should expect Nick Saban to spend lots of time with the cornerbacks this weekend and drill the message into their heads that they can play as a freshman. This will be the last chance Alabama has with both players on campus.
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