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Grant to announce Friday
Walter Grant, one of Alabama’s outside linebacker targets in the Class of 2017, will announce his commitment after Cairo (Ga.) High School’s game this Friday night. He’ll choose from Alabama, Georgia and Florida State.
According to a source, the Tide do not expect him to choose them. Grant is likely Georgia-bound. That would be a fantastic addition for the Bulldogs because he is, in my opinion, one of the most underrated recruits in the country.
He is a low 4-star recruit and the nation’s No. 15 outside linebacker and the No. 24 prospect in the state of Georgia. How good is Grant? Nick Saban offered him almost immediately after seeing him drop back in coverage during a drill.
Alabama was Grant’s dream school growing up, but there are bigger targets on the board for the Tide at this time. Christopher Allen and Jarez Parks are the likely additions at JACK, which is the position Grant would play at Alabama.
“Coach Saban said the great thing about him is they think he can play outside and inside and also rush the passer,” Cairo coach Steve Devoursney told DawgNation. “They want to play him at both and make him more versatile which will obviously help him for the NFL.”
Georgia and Alabama have long been his top two, but the Bulldogs should win this battle on Friday.
Jeudy to visit Florida
Last time I spoke to 5-star Alabama wide receiver commit Jerry Jeudy he hadn’t planned on visiting other schools. That has changed.
According to Andrew Spivey of Gator Country, Jeudy is expected to make it to Gainesville next month.
“He will take an official visit there in December, I don’t know the weekend,” Deerfield Beach coach Jevon Glenn said. “He’s going to take one to Alabama, too, and he may visit Georgia but he’s only for sure visiting Florida and Alabama. He won’t do all five.”
Florida has continued its pursuit of Jeudy despite his commitment to Alabama. Gators wide receivers coach Kerry Dixon traveled to South Florida two weeks ago to check on Jeudy, and the staff’s communication with him has remained consistent.
The Gators made up considerable ground before Jeudy committed to Alabama this summer, but it’s going to be very hard to flip one of the top receivers in the country.
Jeudy has made it clear how he wants to reunite with his former teammate and good friend Calvin Ridley in college with the hopes of learning everything he can from one of the sport’s best receivers before he heads off to the NFL.
It’s always a bit concerning when commitments visit other schools, but I don’t think there’s anything to worry about when it comes to Jeudy’s commitment.
Conliffe still unsure of commitment date
Elijah Conliffe, a 4-star defensive tackle from Hampton, Va., still hasn’t set his commitment date.
Conliffe was on campus for Alabama’s game against Texas A&M, and he told SEC Country after that visit that the Tide were still his top team.
He was on commitment watch during that trip, but he is expected to announce his decision via commitment video. He told SEC Country on Tuesday night that his decision could possibly come this month, but he’s still waiting things out.
I expect Conliffe in Alabama’s class at this point.
Signing class projection coming later today
At 7 p.m. ET, my projection for who Alabama will sign in the Class of 2017 will drop on SEC Country. I expect Alabama to have a terrific class which will feature multiple 5-star prospects. Make sure you stop by later today or download the SEC Country app on your Apple or Android device.
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