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Commitment likely for Mayden if offered?
MESQUITE, Texas — Jalen Mayden, the nation’s No. 6 dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2018, was on the phone with a friend at midnight on Sept. 1 when the conversation got weird.
He had forgotten that Sept. 1 marked the first day college coaches could reach out to junior prospects via Twitter direct message. His phone did not stop buzzing from all of the messages he was receiving. There were so many in his inbox from coaches coast-to-coast that he could not recall all of the schools who reached out to him.
“Alabama, Auburn, Louisville, Mississippi State, Texas, there’s a handful of more schools,” Mayden said. “It’s a lot that I just can’t remember right now.”
The Crimson Tide are the most intriguing option out of the schools he was able to name. His brother Jared Mayden is a freshman cornerback at Alabama and a former teammate of Jalen at Sachse High School.
Jalen currently does not hold an Alabama offer, but make no mistake about it, if it comes from the staff, the Tide are likely the team to beat.
“I would like the chance to play with my brother,” Mayden said with a giant smile on his face.
Offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin and wide receivers coach Billy Napier were the two coaches who reached out to Mayden shortly after midnight. They invited him to attend a game in Tuscaloosa, which will likely happen this fall. He already is planning on being there this Saturday for his brother’s first college game.
Alabama wants Mayden to continue to develop, which is the reason why an offer has not been extended just yet. Kiffin has told Mayden that he wants him to send his game film after Sachse High School’s sixth game of the season, which is on Oct. 7.
Keeping coy with his recruitment, Mayden said he doesn’t think a commitment would come immediately if Alabama did offer, but from his answer about wanting to play with his brother, it’s obvious Alabama would be hard to beat.
“I wouldn’t say commit on the spot because I would have to see what schools are best for me,” Mayden said, once again, with a smile. “I know Alabama will get you right for the NFL, if that’s where I decide to go.”
The 6-foot-2, 208-pound prospect is also considering Louisville, Miami, Texas, Mississippi State and Houston among others right now.
Alabama already lost out on two of its quarterback targets in the Class of 2018 as 4-star Jack West committed to Stanford and 4-star Cameron Rising chose Oklahoma. Allan Walters, who’s also a 2018 QB target, remains uncommitted at this time.
It’s possible that Mayden could be Alabama’s quarterback if his first 6 games are electric.
Who else did Alabama reach out to in the 2018 class?
The following 2018 prospects have been confirmed by SEC Country as receiving direct messages from the Alabama staff:
5-star running back Lorenzo Lingard, 5-star defensive end Xavier Thomas, 5-star cornerback Derrik Allen, 5-star tight end Zack Kuntz, 4-star quarterback Allan Walters, 4-star cornerback Issac Taylor-Stuart, 4-star tight end Jeremy Ruckert, 4-star linebacker Bumper Pool, 4-star offensive tackle Owen Condon and 4-star safety Josh Proctor.
That is not an official list. These are just the prospects we confirmed that received some sort of communication from a staff member. Prospects that receive communication almost immediately usually are top targets for the team.
Wade looking at 4 schools
Shaun Wade, a 5-star Ohio State cornerback commit, is going to be talked about a lot on SEC Country during the next several months, so get used to seeing his name.
In an interview with 247Sports, Wade said four schools likely are going to get visits from him in the near future.
“I’m going to Florida and then I’m going to Notre Dame September 17,” Wade told 247Sports. “I know Ohio State and Alabama [will get visits], but I got to set them dates.”
What’s interesting about that list is the fact that Michigan is not mentioned. Wade’s father told SEC Country that his son had finalized an official visit to Michigan for the Wisconsin game on Oct. 1. Perhaps Wade forgot? Or maybe the Ohio State staff axed that trip? He’s still saying Ohio State is where his focus is right now.
“Ohio State is still No. 1,” Wade told 247Sports. “It’s Ohio State, Alabama and Notre Dame and Florida.”
Expect his recruitment to come down to Alabama and Ohio State.
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Chris Kirschner covers Alabama football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Bryant-Denny.