Alabama will know where it stands heading into the 2016 season next Wednesday, as the majority of recruits across the country sign their letter of intent on National Signing Day.
The Crimson Tide currently have 17 commitments with eight of those being early enrollees, which means those players will participate in spring practice.
With only 17 commitments in place, the final week leading up to National Signing Day will be hectic, especially with many uncommitted five stars remaining on the board for the Crimson Tide.
This week, we are including Raekwon Davis as a part of Alabama’s class. He surprisingly showed up on campus this past weekend for an unofficial visit and will be back this weekend in an official capacity. Still, he isn’t a lock to sign with the Crimson Tide come signing day. Alabama shouldn’t feel 100 percent confident until his fax is in. We are also still projecting Trevon Diggs to still flip to Maryland and remain close to home. Here’s what last week’s projection looked like.
Here is what Alabama’s recruiting class looks like as of Jan. 27:
Current class (**indicates early enrollee):
QB: Jalen Hurts**
RB: B.J. Emmons
WR: Tyler Simmons
WR: T.J. Simmons**
TE: Brendan Scales
TE: Miller Forristall**
OL: Jonah Williams**
OL: Charles Baldwin**
OL: Chris Owens**
OL: Deonte Brown
DT: Quinnen Williams
DT: Kendell Jones
DT: Michail Carter
DT: Raekwon Davis
LB: Riley Cole
S: Joshua Perry
ATH: Trevon Diggs
ATH: Shawn Jennings**
Projected class as of 1/27:
QB: Jalen Hurts** (four stars)
RB: B.J. Emmons (four stars)
RB: D’Vaughn Pennamon (four stars)
WR: Tyler Simmons (three stars)
WR: T.J. Simmons** (three stars)
WR: A.J. Brown (four stars)
TE: Brendan Scales (three stars)
TE: Miller Forristall** (three stars)
OL: Jonah Williams** (five stars)
OL: Charles Baldwin** (four stars)
OL: Chris Owens** (four stars)
OL: Deonte Brown (four stars)
DE: Jeffery Simmons (five stars)
DT: Raekwon Davis (four stars)
DT: Quinnen Williams (four stars)
DT: Kendell Jones (four stars)
DT: Jamar King (three stars)
LB: Riley Cole (three stars)
LB: Ben Davis (five stars)
LB: Lyndell Wilson (five stars)
LB: Terrell Hall (four stars)
CB: Shyheim Carter (four stars)
CB: Jared Mayden (four stars)
CB: Nigel Knott (four stars)
S: Joshua Perry (three stars)
ATH: Shawn Jennings** (three stars)
Here’s why I think the Crimson Tide will sign the following players come signing day:
On Pennamon: He’s currently committed to Ole Miss, but is a candidate to flip his commitment depending on how his official visit goes to Oxford this weekend. He told SEC Country that his visit to Alabama this past weekend was excellent. Nick Saban has made Pennamon a priority of his over the past couple of weeks. Alabama is hoping to sign two running backs in this year’s class.
On Brown: Alabama hosted Brown on an official visit this past weekend, and from other recruits, the Mississippi wide receiver seemed to enjoy his time in Tuscaloosa. It may be very hard to pull Brown away from Mississippi because history would tell you that elite prospects from the state don’t leave home often. In the end, I think his relationship with the Alabama coaching staff will be what puts the Tide over the top for him. It should be mentioned that Ole Miss hosts the receiver on an official visit the weekend before signing day, and right now, the Rebels are the biggest competition for the Crimson Tide.
On J. Simmons: Simmons is down to a final four of Alabama, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Tennessee. He visited Alabama this past weekend. I think Simmons ends up signing with Alabama because of the potential to get significant playing time on the defensive line next season. He’s intrigued by that. The Crimson Tide have made Simmons a major priority. Saban paid him a visit Wednesday just days before he’s set to visit Ole Miss. There’s always pressure from elite recruits to leave the state of Mississippi, so it’s not going to be easy for Alabama to pull him away. I’m not very confident with this pick right now.
On M. Carter: Carter says Alabama is recruiting him the hardest, and Saban just paid the Jackson, Ga., native a visit. Like Simmons, Carter believes out of the schools he’s considering (Georgia, Georgia Tech and Clemson), Alabama gives him the best opportunity to see the field as quickly as he can. He also mentioned that his relationship with Alabama defensive line coach Bo Davis is one of two bonds with coaches that stand out among the rest. He begins an official visit to Alabama on Wednesday.
On King: The three-star defensive tackle visited Alabama this weekend, but ended up not committing, as I previously thought he would. He told SEC Country after his visit that Alabama fans just have to ‘wait and see’ on National Signing Day. I think the Crimson Tide will get good news from him.
On Davis: Davis is the son of Alabama’s all-time leading tackler, Wayne Davis. That doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be attending Alabama like his father, though it would be a major surprise. Heading into his official visit to Alabama this past weekend, Davis had Georgia as his leader. He changed that after his visit to Tuscaloosa finished.
On Wilson: Wilson tells reporters a different story every single day it seems like, but one thing that remains consistent is the fact that Alabama has been his dream school since he was a little kid. I think it’s going to be hard for him to leave the state and choose to sign with a school he hasn’t dreamed about his entire life.
On Hall: The Washington, D.C. prospect visited Alabama on Jan. 22, and the recruit from the nation’s capital is very high on the Crimson Tide. He told SEC Country that he is intrigued by Alabama’s versatile defensive players. He wants to drop into pass coverage and play with his hand in the ground on the next level.
On S. Carter: Carter was once committed to Alabama, and it was looking like he was leaning toward Georgia or Ole Miss, but that changed when Jeremy Pruitt was hired to be the Tide’s defensive coordinator. Carter has told SEC Country that he considers Pruitt to be one of the best men around. It would not be surprising if he ended up back with the Tide. Consider Ole Miss Alabama’s biggest competition. Carter, who has two children, said the Rebels coaching staff treats his kids the best out of any school.
On Mayden: Alabama’s chances of landing the four-star corner from Texas improved after hosting him on an official visit two weekends ago. He had a chance to speak with Saban one-on-one, and the coach told him that he had a good chance of making an impact from Day 1 if he were to choose Alabama. He’ll announce his commitment on signing day between Oklahoma and Alabama. The one thing the Tide have working against them is the fact that Mayden is a dual legacy at Oklahoma.
On Knott: A couple of months ago, Knott was very close to committing to Alabama, but he decided to back off of that. Saban recently traveled to Germantown, Miss., to meet with Knott, as he is one of the team’s biggest priorities. Like the other Mississippi natives above, it’s going to be hard to pull him away from the state, but I think after his official visit to Alabama this past weekend, the Crimson Tide like where they stand with the four-star cornerback.