Recruiting question of the day: Which 5-star recruits might commit to Alabama?
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.
Are there any 5 star recruits to watch for that may commit…
— Rock Holmes (@Rocknot4every1) December 26, 2017
Only five 5-star recruits remain unsigned. Alabama is in the mix for four of those players: cornerbacks Tyson Campbell, Isaac Taylor-Stuart and Patrick Surtain Jr. and offensive tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere.
As of now, I can see the Tide getting one of those cornerbacks and Petit-Frere.
The cornerbacks are expected to visit Tuscaloosa at some point in January. Campbell has been the Tide’s top target at cornerback pretty much since the start of the year. It looked like Alabama was in excellent position to land Campbell this past summer when he visited. There was a lot of momentum on the Tide’s side, but, as recruiting goes, the visit high died down after some time and Georgia and Miami started to gain ground. It seems like it’ll be a three-team race to land Campbell’s signature. Alabama has a wide-open depth chart it can sell to Campbell with the team likely losing six defensive backs after this season.
Taylor-Stuart listed Alabama as his leader at one point during his recruitment. Last year, he visited Tuscaloosa during the summer and named the Tide his leader and that held for several months. His interest in Alabama waned a bit and schools such as Georgia, Texas A&M and USC started gaining ground. Alabama had other targets ahead of Taylor-Stuart on the board, but with Nadab Joseph flipping from Alabama to Georgia during the early signing period, that may open a spot for Taylor-Stuart.
Surtain has listed LSU as his leader for more than a year now, but for some reason he hasn’t committed to the Tigers. I still think LSU is the team to beat, but maybe Alabama can make a late run at him next month.
Petit-Frere has been Alabama’s top offensive tackle target for several months. He’ll likely commit to either Alabama, Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame or Ohio State. He stays very quiet when it comes to which way he’s leaning, but he has already taken official visits to South Bend and Ann Arbor. He’ll likely make his way to Tuscaloosa in January before making his decision in February. We’ll know more about where Petit-Frere stands at the end of the week when SEC Country travels to Orlando for the Under Armour All-America Game.
Don’t forget that the Tide already have a 5-star prospect in the 2018 class. Jack linebacker Eyabi Anoma signed during the early signing period.