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Harris says Alabama is hoping he commits
When Xavier McKinney de-committed from Alabama in July, the Crimson Tide were left with zero commitments at safety. Since then, Alabama still hasn’t found a safety commitment in the Class of 2017.
Todd Harris, a 4-star prospect from Plaquemine (La.) High School, could be that guy for Alabama. In the past couple of weeks, Alabama, along with Ole Miss and Arkansas, have been the teams with the most contact with the Under Armour All-American.
“(Alabama) said I’m the top guy on the board at safety,” Harris told SEC Country’s Sam Spiegelman. “They don’t have any safeties committed in 2017, so they are trying to get me to commit. I guess that’s why they are recruiting me so hard.”
LSU is most notably excluded from those three schools Harris named above. The Tigers looked like a sure lock to land his commitment this summer, but things have changed since then. Grant Delpit, a 4-star prospect, committed to LSU in July and 5-star player JaCoby Stevens decided to re-commit to LSU last month.
The Tigers are not only stacked with two top recruits at the safety position in 2017, but they also have a couple of young studs currently on the roster. That could ultimately help Alabama’s chances of pulling Harris out of Louisiana.
“It doesn’t wipe them out of the picture, but I put it in consideration,” Harris said. “They have a lot of safeties. Cam Lewis, Eric Monroe and guys that can play safety, so I don’t want to get there and be dead last on the depth chart.”
It should be noted that Harris and Delpit are very good friends. As mentioned before, it looked like those two guys were going to end up as LSU’s safety commits, but Stevens decided that the Tigers were the right team for him.
Both of LSU’s safety commits are working on getting Harris on board.
“Grant and I were talking it up a bit about committing to LSU. JaCoby asked me when he was coming down to hang out with him and come to LSU. Grant even texted me before this game and told me to win,” Harris said. “Grant and I have a real good relationship. That’s the thing to keep in mind. We’re close friends and we want to ball together, but I got to go somewhere where I’m comfortable, not just because he’s there.”
A commitment for Harris was supposed to come before his season began, but now it’s looking like a decision won’t come until after the season, possibly at the Under Armour All-American game in January.
“I just want to take my time with it. I’m trying not to rush anything,” Harris said. “I want to focus on my team right now and winning a state championship, so there’s no telling when I’m going to commit. I have a few things in mind, but as of right now, I’m holding off to focus on my team.”
Moses likes what he sees from Alabama in opener
As mentioned in Monday’s notebook, there’s still a chance Alabama can pull in the nation’s No. 1 outside linebacker Dylan Moses in the class. He’s as close as you can get to being an LSU lock, but that completely changes if Les Miles is fired. After the Tigers’ season opener, there’s a good chance of that happening unless LSU shows serious improvement.
Alabama led for Moses at one point — when LSU’s administration was strongly hinting at firing Miles at the end of last season. Moses has been close with Miles ever since his eighth-grade year after the Tigers were the first team to offer him a scholarship. University Lab, his former high school before transferring to IMG Academy, was practically on LSU’s campus.
Here’s what Moses had to say about Alabama and Texas on Monday. The Longhorns are also in the mix for Moses at this time.
— King Ⓜ️oses (@Dylan1Moses_) September 5, 2016
Moses will take an official visit to Alabama on Oct. 1 for the Kentucky game.
Wade visits Florida
Shaun Wade, a 5-star Ohio State cornerback commit, took in Florida’s season opener against Massachusetts over the weekend and came away impressed with what he saw.
Wade is one of Alabama’s top cornerback targets in the Class of 2017 despite his commitment to the Buckeyes. The Crimson Tide still are in good position at flipping him down the road, but the Gators not only impressed Wade but also his parents.
“They liked the atmosphere,” Wade told SECCountry.com’s Zach Abolverdi. “They’ve never seen anything like this on the first game of the season. They’ve never been to a Florida game (together). My mom has, but this is my dad’s first time coming up here.”
Florida’s primary selling point is depth.
“They’re thin on cornerbacks. That’s the word,” Wade said. “It means a lot to me. That means I can get on the field right away if I work hard and do what I got to do.”
According to sources close to Wade’s recruitment, this is still a two-team race — Alabama and Ohio State. He is expected to take an official visit to Alabama this fall.
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.