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Still a waiting game for two top targets
Devonta Smith, a 4-star wide receiver from Amite (La.) High School delayed his Monday night commitment due to the Louisiana flooding, and there’s not an updated date for his decision just yet.
“We’re not really focusing on a commitment date as of now,” Amite head coach Zephaniah Powell told SEC Country. “Our community is in really bad shape from the flooding. Devonta’s mind is on that right now.”
Smith is one of the most humble, low-key recruits in the Class of 2017, so it comes as no surprise that this decision to delay his commitment to focus his thoughts on the devastation that has affected Southern Louisiana.
“My mind and heart (are) with those who are going through rough times dealing with these tragic events,” Smith tweeted. “Please keep our state and all communities affected by the recent flooding in prayer.”
SEC Country sources maintain that Alabama is still the favorite to land one of the smoothest route runners in the Class of 2017. LSU and Miami are his other two finalists.
Alabama is also waiting for 4-star offensive tackle Jedrick Wills from Lafayette High School (Lexington, Ky.) to make his commitment.
Wills tweeted on July 29 to stay tuned these next two weeks, but it’s now past that timeline. Lafayette coach Eric Shaw told SEC Country Monday night that a commitment date still has not been set just yet.
Like Smith, Wills is expected to choose Alabama when he makes his decision.
Read this story from SEC Country’s Kyle Tucker to get the Kentucky, Alabama’s main competition, perspective. Some interesting details in there.
Alabama commit giving Georgia a look
Nick Saban doesn’t accept many commitments from players three years away from their National Signing Day, but he did take Trey Sanders, the nation’s No. 1 athlete in the Class of 2019. That goes to show you how special of a player he is.
Sanders spoke with our Georgia recruiting reporter Jeff Sentell recently and he told him that he already knows the Bulldogs will get an official visit when his senior year rolls around.
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound prospect visited Athens in June and liked what he saw from the Bulldogs.
“I am still young and going through the recruiting process and just exploring everything out there I can, but I really like Georgia a lot,” Sanders said.
It’s obviously extremely early in his recruitment, but Sanders is a recruit Alabama is going to fight to keep. He’s already been clocked at 4.5 in the 40-yard dash and has the ability to play both running back and safety on the next level.
5-star target re-confirms commitment date
Landing Baron Browning would be a major win for Alabama not only because he is a 5-star linebacker, but also because the Tide are currently running behind in the race. Texas and Ohio State are likely ahead of Alabama at this time.
Browning, the nation’s No. 2 outside linebacker, will make his commitment on Nov. 29, according to Gerry Hamilton of ESPN. That’s his dad’s birthday, and he told reporters at The Opening last month that he was going to make his decision then.
What’s also significant about that decision date? Alabama is going to have the last chance to impress Browning. He has an official visit set to Tuscaloosa for the Iron Bowl on Nov. 26. It’s NEVER a bad thing to host one of the top 10 prospects in the country just days before he’s set to announce his commitment.
Tide land hoops grad transfer
Basketball recruiting is not an area that I focus on, but Alabama has landed graduate transfer Bola Olaniyan from Southern Illinois, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. He took an official visit to Tuscaloosa this past Thursday.
Alabama beat out Georgia Tech, Iona and UNLV for the 6-foot-7 center who averaged 7.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game last season. He’s eligible to play immediately for the Tide this season.
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.
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.