Happy Monday, everyone.
We already have you covered on what was a very successful weekend for the softball team but a rather ugly one for the baseball team. Offseason doldrums are obviously upon us, but we have a few links for you this morning:
The arraignment hearing for Alabama star left tackle Cam Robinson and reserve safety Hootie Jones has been set for June 16 at 1:30 p.m. in Monroe, Louisiana, according to the Ouachita Parish District Attorney's office. At that time, Robinson and Jones will be informed of the charges against them and, if they have already hired attorneys, will enter an initial plea of guilty or not guilty.
Soon the remainder of Alabama’s top-ranked recruiting class will arrive on campus and begin the next steps in their football careers. And it is imperative that several of them are brought up to speed. Players like running back B.J. Emmons and defensive tackle Kendell Jones will likely see the field early due to depth issues at their respective position groups. Developing the rest of the 2015 recruiting class will be key offseason bullet points, too. There seems to always be a freshman or two that comes in and immediately turns heads with their impactful play on the field. Who will that person be this year? Linebackers Ben Davis and Lyndell Wilson? Or one of the many defensive backs in this class? We shall see.
It's odd to think that Alabama suffers from depth issues on the defensive line after watching last year's group, but that is absolutely an issue. Thank goodness Jonathan Allen decided to come back.
Alabama quarterback commit Tua Tagovailoa, a four-star prospect out of Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis, is one of the many players on hand this weekend at The Opening Regional in Oakland. The 6-foot, 210-pound lefty certainly doesn't lack for arm strength and that was apparent when the players went through drills on Sunday, as shown in the videos below.
Alabama holds a commitment from the No. 1 player in the country in five-star running back Najee Harris. On Sunday, the Antioch (Calif.) product competed at The Opening Regional in Oakland, flashing his elite skill set.
Needless to say, Tagovailoa and Harris are important recruits in the 2017 class. Both seem to be very committed to the Tide, but both are still taking visits to schools that are much closer to home. Saban and crew will undoubtedly have to fight to hang on to both.
In an attempt to consolidate all the minor, probably insignificant, numbers thrown your way, we pulled them into one place. From projected win totals to national championship odds (which seem to contradict each other) to Week 1 point spreads and Heisman Trophy futures. This post has it all.
Spoiler: Vegas thinks Alabama has a great chance to repeat.
Alex Reese, 4-star forward, Pelham – The 6-foot-9, 230-pound Reese was the best player on the court, powering his way for buckets down low and hitting a three. He sees himself as a stretch four. He says he's been talking to Cincinnati a lot lately, and also mentioned Alabama, UAB, Vanderbilt and Auburn. Reese went to several UAB games this season, but one source said he had the best relationship with Jeff Wulbrun, the assistant who followed Jerod Haase to Stanford. UAB is still certainly in the mix, but Alabama may be the team to beat. Don't count out Vanderbilt. He's ranked No. 35 in the 247Sports individual rankings, No. 71 in the composite.
Reese is an in-state talent who would fill an important need for Alabama as a legitimate low post threat. Expect Coach Johnson to put the full court press on him.
The teams with the most former Alabama players are the Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans. The Bills have cornerback Javier Arenas, defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio and linebacker Reggie Ragland. The Titans have fullback Jalston Fowler, running back Derrick Henry, safety Rashad Johnson and guard Chance Warmack. Twenty-six of the 32 teams have at least one Alabama player. The six without a former Crimson Tide standout are the Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Pittsburgh Steelers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Well, now we know who to watch and who to ignore. Am I right?
That's about it for today. Have a great week, everyone.