Cristobal, the Crimson Tide’s South Florida ace and consensus 2015 Recruiter of the Year, made a tear through that area this week. Alabama sent out offers to eight prospects from the greater Miami area, including five from the 2018 class.
Anyone thinking that Mario Cristobal was going to rest on his National Recruiter of the Year laurels underestimates the amount of caffeine the man consumes. FoB, Marc Torrence highlights the long weekend for Coach Cristobal, and the eight Miami-area offers he extended this past week.
"There really is no struggle," Craig said at the time. "They are both two different types of atmospheres... Auburn is more of a laid-back, (Florida State) is more up-tempo. They are both family conditions. I just feel like if everything goes well, we will see what happens."
Nate Craig, the all-everything WR coming off of a nasty broken fibula, broke it off with Auburn and appears to be Tallahassee-bound at this point. So much filthy lucre is alleged to be crossing the FL-ALA border over Craig, don't be surprised if this isn't done yet. (FWIW, Alabama has offered, as one must, but it's a two-horse race at this point, and Auburn has their best negative 'crooter, Dameyune Craig, on the case.)
Perry, a safety from Amite, La., tweeted on Monday that he had committed to Alabama. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Perry is a three-star recruit, rated No. 633 in the 247Sports composite. He also had offers from LSU and Ole Miss...
I'd be stunned if Perry stays at safety (assuming he sticks.) He is definitely built in the Dre' / Dee big-body corner mold. Perry's measurables certainly have to make you giddy, standing 6'1" 181lbs, with legit 4.5 speed, that is the kind of talent on-paper the Tide need to shutdown the larger receivers in this league.
...the four-star safety prospect from Irmo, S.C., indicated that decision may have been a bit premature. "I think I committed too early," Davis said. "Also, I think they signed a little too many DBs this past year."
The Auburn legacy is backing off his Barner commitment a bit, and his comments don't indicate that he'll say at API, owing to Auburn's signing of six DBs the past class (with one more offered just yesterday.) Alabama has not offered the No. 8 all-around athlete, most likely because he is a true 'tweener in this defense (6'3", 202 pounds:) He's too small for LB, too gangly for safety, too big for corner, and we have no idea if he can play WR. You have to think the fact that he's averse to competing for a spot doesn't sit too well with the Alabama coaching staff either. If anyone has any better idea, drop it below, because I'm honestly baffled why he's not on the Tide's radar.
Alabama has picked up its first class of 2018 commitment in offensive tackle Dare Rosenthal, AL.com has confirmed. The 6-foot-7, 290-pound Rosenthal is from Ferriday High School in Ferriday, La. He is not yet rated by the recruiting services.
When you're 6'7", pushing three bills, and play offensive tackle, you don't need a recruiting service to tell you that this kid is going to be a Fluker-saurus Rex in two years.
...Alabama also extended an offer to Brandon Stephens, a 2016 three-star running back from Plano (Texas) High School. Stephens, a 6-foot-0.5, 201-pound prospect, is rated the No. 45 running back in the country. He is trending to Texas at 100 percent.
The other offer is a corner from the NOLA area, where LSU is trending at 67% (don't ask me how the "Crystal Ball" determines percentages. Hell, I think there is a 54% chance that the Tide lose to Georgia in October, but then beat a then-undefeated Dawgs team in an SEC Championship rematch and get invited to the playoffs over UGA. You know why? Because LOLOLOLOL, that's why, Mark Richt.) As for Stephens, it is going to be harder to pry power backs away from the Lone Star State: Charlie Strong has made no secret that physical, pro-set, balanced offenses are the 'Horns direction. Stephens is built like a fireplug, and is probably a perfect guy, skills-wise, for where the Longhorns are headed.