Recruiting question of the day: Answering all of your Emory Jones and QB inquiries
The early signing period is approaching and Alabama is trying to obtain another No. 1 recruiting class. 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.
Bama say no thanks to E. Jones or other way around?
— Bonay (@kbonay) December 18, 2017
If Emory goes to UF, does Bama take a QB this class?
— Bananas HGTV HomeTown FAN ONLY (@geauxcrimson) December 18, 2017
Pretty sure Bear Bryant's lineage is a lock for next yrs class as well as Tua little bro. Missing on 1 QB this year wouldn't be a bad thing. That said, if Jones doesn't sign then I think Tide gets the kid the Foster kid that was committed to Mizzou.
— shane sanders (@shane72774) December 18, 2017
Obviously, the biggest question of the day focuses on what exactly happened between Alabama and 4-star Ohio State quarterback commit Emory Jones, who is the team’s top target at the position.
It has seemed for months now that Jones was Alabama’s likeliest option at quarterback in the 2018 class. He’s visited Tuscaloosa numerous times and has told several players and commits that he was likely going to end up flipping to the Tide. That doesn’t seem likely anymore.
Jones took official visits to Florida and Florida State this past weekend. The Gators should be considered the favorites to land Jones when he signs at 11:30 a.m. ET Wednesday.
To answer the first question from @kbonay, Alabama did not say “no thanks” to Emory Jones. The Tide wanted him in this class. There was one point where 4-star quarterback Jarren Williams, who recently committed to Miami, looked like he was going to commit to Alabama. The Tide wanted Jones instead.
The second question, from @geauxcrimson: Will Alabama decide to take a quarterback in this class if it misses on Jones? That answer is yes. The team currently has three scholarship quarterbacks, and it’s always a possibility that one of them decides to transfer at some point in their career.
Nick Saban has also signed at least one quarterback every year he’s been at Alabama.
With Jones looking like he’s headed elsewhere, James Foster, a 4-star prospect from Sidney Lanier High School (Montgomery, Ala.), is going to be the team’s top target. Here is what I reported on Foster last Friday.
To be honest with you, I think both Jones and Foster are project quarterbacks. I think it’s going to take some time for both to develop.
In regard to Bear Bryant’s lineage being a lock to Alabama, for those who don’t know, he is talking about Class of 2019 4-star quarterback Paul Tyson. Tyson is the great-grandson of Bear Bryant. He’s not ranked highly because of his name, either. Tyson is a legit quarterback prospect. He completed more than 70 percent of his passes and threw for 3,392 yards, 36 touchdowns and just 4 interceptions this season at Hewitt-Trussville, which is in the highest high school classification in Alabama.
Considering his family history, it’s hard to imagine him going anywhere other than Alabama. I know Tyson wants to take some visits elsewhere, but he’s likely going to end up with the Tide. There’s another elite quarterback in the state in the 2019 class in Taulia Tagovailoa, a 4-star prospect in his own right and the little brother of Tua. Both Tyson and Tagovailoa love the Crimson Tide. I think both of them will end up at Alabama.