Happy Friday, everyone. We are in the summer doldrums but will give you what we have:
Alabama may only have five commitments in its class, but several names in attendance at The Opening appear trending to the Tide. This weekend we’ll learn if that’s still the case. JJ Peterson, the four-star linebacker from Moultrie (Ga.) Colquitt County, has the Tide atop his list. Four-star offensive tackle Penei Sewell took a multi-day visit to Tuscaloosa earlier this month and was said to be “all Alabama” by the time he left. Four-star cornerback Jaycee Horn will decide between Alabama and South Carolina on July 15. Both programs have trended for the NFL legacy this spring. Four-star tight end Luke Ford backed off saying the Tide is his leader, but remains clearly high on Alabama.
"I'm excited, because when they talk about Alabama, they talk about how much bigger it is than an SEC school," Corral said. "The winning history. I talked on the phone with coach (Nick) Saban. What Coach Tosh pretty much tells me is to come play for the best of the best colleges and to have Coach Saban be your guy for the rest of your life and take care of you, and having connections through him."
Also on the Working Group's agenda is the subject of graduate transfers, which have become more and more common in recent years. One possible change that could be proposed is for a graduate student's scholarship count double to that of an undergrad.
Another topic of discussion is the lack of uniformity in transfer rules, which the NCAA would like to streamline. For example, the SEC has in the past had stricter rules regarding graduate transfers than other conference, which has put the league at a disadvantage in some instances.
Anthony Averett is one of the many players for Alabama football who has shown that having patience can pay off. Averett redshirted his first year in Tuscaloosa (2013), played in one game in 2014 and only saw time in mop up duty in 2015.
His shot to start finally came in 2016 and he took full advantage. Few teams threw at Averett as he was usually a blanket in coverage.
Keep an eye on The Opening as there are a ton of Alabama targets there, three five-star QBs are considering the Tide and one of them loves Coach Daboll, the NCAA is effectively trying to kill grad transfers and may limit coaches’ ability to block, and Averett is a stud.
Other than that, enjoy your weekend.