The state of Alabama will have a healthy list of football players signing with Division I programs in the 2018 class. With that in mind, SEC Country will routinely rank the Yellowhammer State’s top 15 recruits for the class.
These rankings will be released once a month throughout the football season. The list is based on evaluation by SEC Country reporters, recruiting interest from the two in-state programs, other offers, stats and ratings from the main recruiting outlets (247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout). The star ratings below come from the 247Sports composite.
Here are SEC Country’s top 15 prospects in Alabama for 2018:
15. Cam Taylor, 3-star athlete, Park Crossing — committed to Missouri
Cam Taylor plays quarterback for Park Crossing but will play in the secondary at Missouri. He’s coming off a torn right ACL but already has made a full recovery and has helped Park Crossing start the season 8-1.
14. James Foster, 3-star quarterback, Lanier — committed to Missouri
James Foster has the ability to play more than just quarterback. That’s what Alabama and Auburn both wanted him to do. But Foster wants to be a quarterback, and Missouri fancied him as the face of its recruiting class, which is why he chose those Tigers. Foster performed at a high level throughout the summer in 7-on-7 tournaments. Foster has carried Lanier to a 7-1 record this fall.
13. Tank Jenkins, 4-star guard, Park Crossing — uncommitted
Tank Jenkins had a very good offseason. SEC Country saw Jenkins compete in several camps last spring and summer, where he was one of the top overall linemen at each event. He needed to lose some weight, which he did, and it’s made a big difference. Louisville and Missouri are the main contenders for Jenkins.
12. Kameron Stutts, 3-star offensive lineman, Brooks — committed to Auburn
At 6-foot-5 and 320 pounds, Kameron Stutts surprises with his athleticism and agility. He’s a state champion in the shot put and was close to medaling in the discus as well. Stutts committed to Auburn at the Tigers’ spring game, which was a clear sign of where the big offensive lineman sits on Auburn’s board. On top of his physical skill set, Stutts has a spirit about him that’s impossible to ignore. It’s a big reason why many college coaches were eager to get him.
11. Myles Mason, 4-star safety, Hewitt-Trussville — uncommitted
Myles Mason’s recruitment has been somewhat of a question mark for the past several months. It’s unclear which of his top schools he can commit to at the moment. Alabama, the school he likely wants to pick, is still evaluating him, as is Florida State. Mississippi State has emerged as a program that wants Mason.
10. Jalen Cunningham, 3-star defensive tackle, Saint Clair County — uncommitted
Jalen Cunningham hasn’t had the best coaching in his high school career. That has changed with Matt Glover now at St. Clair County. Since Glover was hired in late February, Cunningham’s recruitment has taken off. Like Mason above, it’s unclear where he can actually commit. Alabama is still evaluating him. If the Crimson Tide want him, he’ll commit to Bama. Though Cunningham is 6-6 and more than 340 pounds, he carries his weight very well. With proper coaching, we believe Cunningham could be a force in the SEC.
9. Shedrick Jackson, 3-star wide receiver, Hoover — committed to Auburn
Despite sitting out a game, Jackson has shown early on in the 2017 season that he’s much more than just Bo Jackson’s nephew. Jackson moved up two spots on this list last month, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see Jackson make a few jumps in some of the other recruiting service rankings as well.
8. Andres Fox, 3-star defensive end, Mobile Christian — uncommitted
Andres Fox is on the wish list for Alabama, LSU, Auburn and Stanford, so that provides a good idea of his skill set. He has a solid combination of strength and agility, which is why he ranges from a Buck target to a defensive tackle target. All four of those programs have specific plans in place to utilize Fox in their schemes. He’s showing why as a standout for Mobile Christian this fall.
7. Jack West, 4-star quarterback, Saraland — committed to Stanford
Jack West is one of the most intelligent recruits SEC Country has interacted with this year. The 6-4 pro-style QB possesses a 4.0 GPA and desires to be president one day. He will not wow you with his athleticism, but he makes up for it with a quick, compact delivery and good instincts.
6. Harold Joiner, 4-star running back, Mountain Brook — uncommitted
Harold Joiner’s college decision hasn’t been as obvious. But when it comes to his play on the field, it’s clear Joiner is one of the best athletes in the country. Is he a running back? Is he a wide receiver? Those questions haven’t been answered yet, but there’s no doubt Joiner will be a difficult asset to defend for whichever program he chooses. This is a guy who is as fast as anyone and can do cartwheels and backflips across an entire football field — all while standing 6-3.
5. Seth Williams, 4-star wide receiver, Paul W. Bryant — uncommitted
Seth Williams is a big-bodied receiver from the Tuscaloosa area. While you may think Alabama is the favorite, it’s Auburn that has the best chance at landing his commitment. Williams is highly coveted by major schools because of his size and how electric he is with the ball in his hands.
4. Asa Martin, 4-star running back, Austin — committed to Auburn
Asa Martin has been a marvelous athlete since returning to the state of Alabama. Don’t be surprised if Alabama tries to make this a recruiting competition as Signing Day approaches because Martin has a skill set that every top program would want.
3. Jalyn Armour-Davis, 4-star cornerback, St. Paul’s Episcopal — committed to Alabama
Jalyn Armour-Davis committed to Alabama over Auburn and seems locked in with his choice. Armour-Davis stands at 6-foot and weighs approximately 165 pounds. He’ll need to add muscle in college, but that shouldn’t be a problem in Scott Cochran’s strength and conditioning program at Alabama. What’s special about Armour-Davis is his ability to play on and off coverage because of his elite speed and athleticism. He’s a state champion in the triple jump and 100-meter dash.
2. Coynis Miller, 4-star defensive tackle, Jackson-Olin — committed to Auburn
Aside from the only person ranked ahead of him, Coynis Miller is the state’s most heavily recruited prospect by Auburn and Alabama, but the Tigers won that recruiting battle earlier this month. The big defensive tackle has the strength and ability to be one of the top prospects in the entire country. As his high school coach has said, if his motor matches his skill set, there’s nothing stopping Miller from being one of the top 10 prospects in the class. There aren’t many offensive linemen in the nation who can stop Miller from doing what he wants.
1. Justyn Ross, 4-star wide receiver, Central — uncommitted
Justyn Ross is the No. 1 or 2 wide receiver target for Alabama, Auburn, Clemson and Florida State. That tells you all you need to know about why he should be considered the state’s top prospect. There aren’t many receivers in the country with his size (6-4), ability to jump and above-average speed. He’s very tough for any corner to lock down because of his physicality. He still needs to polish his route-running, but he has mightily improved from where he was a year ago.
SEC Country’s Auburn recruiting reporter Benjamin Wolk contributed to these rankings and analysis.