The Iron Bowl may still be seven months away, but the rivalry’s in-state recruiting battles are in full swing.
Alabama and Auburn dominate the state’s recruiting efforts. Since 2013, only 8 of the 50 players ranked top 10 in the state each year landed somewhere other than Alabama and Auburn (one of those eight was then-Ole Miss commit Austin Golson who now starts for Auburn). The Crimson Tide and the Tigers fight for in-state recruiting positioning on a yearly basis.
Alabama has had a clear edge — over Auburn and everyone else — this decade, with the Crimson Tide cruising to the No. 1 team ranking every year since 2011. In that time, Auburn has averaged roughly 8th nationally, and that time frame only includes one non-top-10 finish.
Both programs have work to do in the 2018 cycle. Alabama sits at No. 24 in the team rankings with only four commits. Auburn comes in ahead of that at No. 15 and 6 commits.
The fun is just beginning.
Of the state’s top 30 prospects, only 3 prospects — Jack West (Stanford), Kameron Stutts (Auburn) and Kolbi Fuqua (Auburn) — have made a college decision. That leaves more than two dozen in-state prospects up for grabs in a cycle loaded with in-state talent.
There are 14 prospects from the Yellowhammer State ranked inside the top 500 nationally, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
- No. 22 Justyn Ross
- No. 95 Jalyn Armour-Davis
- No. 97 Jack West
- No. 147 Seth Williams
- No. 209 Tank Jenkins
- No. 218 Myles Mason
- No. 226 Asa Martin
- No. 246 Coynis Miller
- No. 272 Alfred Thomas
- No. 286 Nathaniel Watson
- No. 301 Harold Joiner
- No. 423 Jacquez Jones
- No. 482 Shedrick Jackson
- No. 484 Kameron Stutts
That brings us to the topic of the hour: the recruiting round-trip through Alabama with SEC Country Alabama recruiting reporter Chris Kirschner and SEC Country Auburn recruiting reporter Benjamin Wolk.
Kirschner and Wolk are less than 24 hours from embarking on a weeklong journey from Auburn-to-Birmingham-to-Hunstville-to-Montgomery-to-Mobile-to-Auburn for a full-scale update on the state’s top recruiting talent. The SEC Country tandem will feed readers all the scoop on many of the top-500 targets listed above, as well as a few others ranked outside that range.
Make sure to check back on a daily basis for all the latest news from the recruiting roundtrip.