Happy Friday, everyone. It’s mostly about the recruiting this morning:
Walker is the third commitment in the class joining Xavier Williams and Jordan Davis, which boosts the Tide to No. 57 in the country, one spot ahead of Georgia, per the 247Sports Team Rankings.
The Crisp County product is rated the No. 11 outside linebacker and the No. 162 overall player in the country, per the industry-generated 247Sports Composite.
Walker is a 6-foot-4, 220 pound OLB with outstanding athleticism for his height. He chose Alabama over LSU, Auburn, Florida, and South Carolina. Quay has a great chance to move up in the rankings with a big senior season.
Saban will be rubbing elbows with Urban this weekend:
Ohio State's Urban Meyer and Alabama's Nick Saban expected at FIU's Butch Davis Football Camp on Saturday.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) June 8, 2017
Guessing there will be plenty of interest in that camp.
"We believe in commitments," Saban said on the 2013 signing day. "Maybe we have some old-fashioned values and most of the guys that commit really, really early, you almost expect that there may be some bumpy road ahead because eventually the guy will probably want to go look someplace else or whatever, may decommit, which I don't think is good for anybody."
Recruiting has always been silly, but it continues to get worse. Saban would prefer to have his class locked up early every season.
Saban isn’t the only one doing some recruiting:
Sherfield is a Texas shooting guard in the 2019 class who already holds offers from UCLA and Kansas. Kids of this caliber simply would never have been on unofficial visits to Tuscaloosa before Coach Johnson arrived.
“As far as I know, there’s never been any charges and nothing’s really ever happened that -- it seemed like a lot of nothing with everything we can find out about,” Saban said.
While the situation is not resolved, Thompson has not faced a suspension from Alabama.
The Galveston County Sheriff's Office was investigating the assault of Noah Frillou, 18, who was beaten on March 18, 2017. He sustained multiple facial fractures and a major concussion.
The reported details of this incident were awful, but to date no charges have been filed and Thompson is with the team. Good news, I guess?
Simmons, known to those close to him as "Lil Fufu," had the top squat among wide receivers and defensive backs during the Tide's spring testing (500 pounds). The Pinson native was also tied for first among receivers and defensive backs with a 315-pound power clean and was tied for second among wide receivers with a 335-pound bench press.
Simmons did almost 50 pounds more in all three lifts compared to the numbers he recorded during Alabama's 2016 spring testing.
When Saban finds three-star diamonds like T.J. Simmons and Josh Jacobs on top of all the blue chips, it just isn’t fair.
Alabama coach Nick Saban praised Womack for his improvement during the spring. Womack has played mostly in a reserve role to this point with the Crimson Tide, but a strong summer and fall camp could earn him a starting spot on the line for Alabama football.
“I thought he had a really good offseason,” Saban said. “His body is starting to develop, starting to show a lot of maturity, balance and body control, better conditioning, better ability to sustain more mental toughness, better idea of what he’s supposed to do and a better grasp of the offense, which allows him to play with more confidence. So, been really pleased with him.”
I don’t know if Womack is the guy, but the battle at RT is probably the most pressing issue going into the fall.
That’s about it for today. Have a great weekend.