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Wills likely won’t commit until end of November
On July 29, 4-star offensive tackle Jedrick Wills tweeted to his followers that they should stay tuned to these next two weeks. SEC Country confirmed at the time that his announcement was for an upcoming commitment, and it was likely he was going to choose Alabama.
Fast forward almost three months and Wills is still uncommitted. The last time SEC Country got in touch with Lafayette High School (Lexington, Ky.) coach Eric Shaw he said a commitment could possibly come at the end of October. Now a decision is not likely until the end of November.
Wills is fresh off an official visit to Michigan a few weeks ago, and the Wolverines have some momentum. It’s the only official visit Wills has taken so far. An official visit to Alabama has not been scheduled at this time, but Shaw believes Wills is still interested in the Tide.
“I’m still sure Alabama is high on his list,” Shaw said.
Another source close to Wills’ recruitment believes Alabama is not going to be the school for the nation’s No. 10 offensive tackle because of the position the Tide want him to play. Alabama is recruiting him at guard, and Wills wants to play tackle in college.
One of the reasons why Alabama wants Wills to move inside on the offensive line is because it has two big-time tackle commits in 5-star talent Alex Leatherwood and the nation’s No. 1 overall junior college prospect Elliot Baker.
Shaw is unsure if Wills has an official visit to Tuscaloosa set, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see him on campus at least one more time before making a decision.
If Wills doesn’t end up at Alabama or Michigan, my pick is Notre Dame.
Browning comments on upcoming official visitor
Baron Browning would be welcomed with open arms into Alabama’s Class of 2017, and he’s one of the handful of 5-star prospects who will be on the Tide’s campus this weekend for the team’s game against Texas A&M.
Browning is being recruited as an outside linebacker, and even though Alabama has four linebacker commits in this class, the Tide would love to add him.
He’ll be bringing along his family this weekend to Tuscaloosa and knows what he’s looking forward to seeing on this trip.
“Getting my parents down there to get them to meet coach Saban, the strength coach (Scott Cochran), get more familiar with (outside linebackers coach Tosh) Lupoi, the university and how they can develop me mentally, physically and academically.”
Many people in the recruiting industry don’t think Alabama has much of a chance to land Browning when he makes his commitment on Nov. 29, but things could change this weekend.
This trip by Browning shows genuine interest in the Crimson Tide because he was originally scheduled to visit Tuscaloosa for the Iron Bowl, but he didn’t realize the Ohio State-Michigan game was on the same day.
When SEC Country traveled to Texas in September, Browning was unsure if that official visit to Alabama was going to get rescheduled, but he got it done.
Ohio State, UCLA, Texas and Texas A&M all appear to be in better shape for his commitment than Alabama at this point, but he does see a great opportunity in Tuscaloosa.
“I’ve talked to Alabama about it, and I know the opportunity is there for me to come in and possibly start if I work hard,” Browning said. “With where he wants me to play, the only player that would be there still is Terrell (Hall).”
Expect Alabama to roll out the red carpet for Browning this weekend.
Moses headed back to Tuscaloosa
Dylan Moses, a 5-star linebacker commit from IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), announced late Wednesday night that he’ll be back in Tuscaloosa this Saturday for the Texas A&M game.
Moses committed to Alabama out of nowhere earlier this month after he took an official visit to Tuscaloosa for the Kentucky game. Last week, the nation’s No. 1 outside linebacker was on LSU’s campus for the Tigers’ game against Southern Mississippi. That surely raised eyebrows because, at the time of his commitment, he said he was done taking visits to schools not located in Tuscaloosa.
Getting Moses back in Tuscaloosa is always going to be a win for Alabama because it’s one less chance he can be at a different school that weekend.
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