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Alabama Football Recruiting 2017: Things are Starting to Fall Into Place

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A 4-star CB commit, and two more top QB targets now back on the market

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Alabama picks up a huge commitment

Back in February, Alabama wasn’t even in the top six for Jayln Armour-Davis. Now, the 4-star CB from Mobile, Alabama has made his commitment, as he announced his decision to play for the Tide. Armour-Davis stands at 6’0” and is ranked as the 3rd best player in the state and the 120th player in the nation.

Armour-Davis is an athletic, two-way player who will give Alabama a versatile weapon in the upcoming class. He has the size, speed and toughness to play both WR and CB, and he plays both at an extremely high level. The strongest parts of Jayln’s game are his smooth body control and quick change of direction.

Jayln Armour-Davis had a long list of notable offers prior to committing, including: Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Southern California and Ole Miss. Davis initially left the Tide off his top 6 due to lack of communication, but once the Alabama staff turned up the heat, Davis couldn't refuse.

What else is happening around the country?

First reported by Tom Loy of 247, and later confirmed, 5-star QB Matt Corral has decommitted from USC. Corral has been one of Alabama’s top targets at QB. With Corral being from California, it will be crucial for Nick Saban to stay in contact with Matt as well as getting him down to Tuscaloosa for a visit. Alabama should be in the race until the end, but don’t expect anything to happen over the summer.

While Matt Corral is the number one QB target for Alabama, Justin Fields is right up there as well. The former PSU recruit and 5-star QB took his first visit to Alabama this past weekend. While Fields does favor Florida, Auburn and Georgia quiet a bit, I wouldn’t count out Alabama. Fields has said that Alabama will need to talk and communicate with him more if he wants to look at them closer. Fields’ decision should last well past the summer.

Ed. Note: Fields’ decommitment came fairly soon on the heels of a visit from new Tide OC Brian Daboll. Please gump accordingly.

Tampa native and 6’2” ATH Ken Montgomery Jr. has listed his top schools. Alabama does lead for the 4-star recruit, but many other top programs will be wanting his talents as well. Alabama should be able to lock up Montgomery Jr., but keeping the pressure on will be a big determinate. Montgomery Jr. currently holds over 40 offers.

One of Alabama’s top targets is 4-star CB, Jaycee Horn. Horn is 6’1, 180 pound cornerback from Georgia. Horn has always had Alabama as his top school, and I think the Tide will close out. South Carolina is the only other school still in the running for Jaycee, but this one is Alabama’s top lose. Horn has over 40 offers.

The 4-star JUCO TE is one of the most complete TE products in the class. The 6’5, 245lb tight end can do it all. He will visit Alabama just a week before committing to a school, and that visit should seal the deal for ‘Bama. Anderson is also considering Oregon and Texas.

Could Alabama take 2 TEs? Possibly, but who is another big-time target at TE for Alabama? Luke Ford. the 6’7 TE from Illinois has Alabama as his top school. Ford recently decommitted from Arkansas, and then immediately took a trip down to Tuscaloosa. Ford is another big target to keep an eye on.

This was the offer Brown has wanted for a while now. The 4-star OL from California has always wanted to play at his dad’s alma mater, and now he can. Tommy Brown is a 6’6” tackle from Mater Dei, and has been to Tuscaloosa numerous times. He currently holds over 20 offers, making him one of the best recruits on the west coast. Expect Alabama to land Brown.

Ed. Note #2: Keep your ears open for the Elite 11 this week, you never know what QB news might filter out of that. Even better, the Opening is about to get started in Oregon. You know what that means? SPARQ scores!!

  • EIC Note: Oh, god, SPARQ scores. Brent’s going to be in his bunk for a while.