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Foster’s influence is big reason why Moses committed
When Alabama has a priority official visitor in town, the staff usually assigns the recruit to star linebacker Reuben Foster. Foster was 5-star linebacker Dylan Moses’ host this past weekend for his official visit.
Moses ended up committing to Alabama on Sunday afternoon, and Foster was a big reason why the nation’s No. 4 overall player in the Class of 2017 chose the Tide.
The Under Armour All-American spent all weekend in Tuscaloosa with Foster, which was a big deal to Moses because he considers the potential future first-round draft pick a “big brother.”
Before Moses announced his commitment, Foster told him about what to expect if he chose Alabama. He told him about how he needed to be patient with the coaching staff if he didn’t play immediately as a freshman.
Then Foster told Moses what he had been wanting to hear. The star linebacker told him he wanted him to follow in his footsteps and commit to Alabama.
“When Reuben came to me and told me he wanted me there, that right there just clicked in my mind,” Moses said. “He told me that the night before. When your idol football player comes and tells you that, that just sealed the deal.
“When he said that, it made me so happy inside. It made me just want to commit off of that. On top of that, I was thinking about once I finally got there, wearing his number and honoring him. That was one of my thoughts, but I’m still thinking about it. At the same time, just being in the same presence as him was great.”
Moses will be an early enrollee, which means he’ll start his Alabama career this January. He said his recruitment is complete and he’s 100 percent committed to Alabama.
Leatherwood comments on Michigan official visit
Alabama 5-star offensive tackle commit Alex Leatherwood took an official visit to Michigan this past weekend for the Wolverines’ game against Wisconsin. The visit for Michigan and Leatherwood could not have gone much better.
Leatherwood, the nation’s No. 5 overall player, told SEC Country that Michigan has him rethinking his commitment to Alabama.
“To be honest, they are,” Leatherwood said. “My dad even likes them a lot. We’re gonna do some very deep thinking on this.”
Now, if I was an Alabama fan, I’d take this with a grain of salt. For one, this was Leatherwood’s first and likely only trip to Ann Arbor, Mich. Two, recruits always love visits to other schools, and Leatherwood is no different.
He’s also Alabama’s best recruiter as far as commitments go. He helped the Tide land Moses and has been instrumental in many commits’ decision on choosing the Tide.
There are not many commitments who go above and beyond when it comes to recruiting other top players if they have intentions of de-committing from that school.
Leatherwood did say that the two schools are very comparable.
“Michigan stacks up very well to Alabama,” Leatherwood said. “Facilities and coaching are great at both schools, but what stood out most was the prestige of academics and how far the degree from Michigan can take you.”
Leatherwood said he’s 100 percent committed to Alabama. According to a source close to his recruitment, Michigan now is the No. 3 school in his recruitment behind Alabama and Florida.
I fully expect Leatherwood to be a part of Alabama’s signing class come February.
Akers sets official visit to Alabama
Moses committing to Alabama was shocking, but if 5-star running back Cam Akers recommits to the Tide, that would definitely be a bigger surprise.
Akers, the nation’s No. 2 running back, told SEC Country on Monday night that he has set an official visit to Alabama for the Texas A&M game on Oct. 22. It’s the only official visit he has set so far.
The former Alabama commit had always said after he de-committed from the Tide this spring that he would visit Tuscaloosa again, so it isn’t necessarily a surprise that Akers is following through with those plans.
Sources told SEC Country recently that Tennessee, LSU and Georgia were in the best position to sign Akers. Florida State and Ohio State are in the second tier of schools fighting for his commitment, according to the source.
Akers was in Athens this past weekend for the Tennessee-Georgia game.
I do not expect Alabama to get Akers’ signature come signing day.
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