Today we begin our closer look at the 2018 National Signing Day class for Alabama football, beginning with DB Josh Jobe, out of Chesire, Connecticut.
At 6’1” 180, Jobe is listed by all services as a 4-star prospect. Jobe is a defensive back in high school, and no position change is expected at Alabama. 247’s composite has him listed as the 109th overall recruit in the country and as the 14th best corner. Jobe’s highest ranking from any service is 40th overall, and that is from 247sports. He is ranked as the 5th best overall recruit in the Tide’s 2018 NSD class.
Jobe is not originally from New England; he was a Florida product. So, it comes as no surprise that before signing with ‘Bama, Jobe was originally a Miami commit. But, he was always considered a soft lean to Mark Richt, and once Alabama turned up the heat, Jobe was pretty easily flipped by TE coach, Joe Pannunzio: He had his OV on Dec. 15, decommitted from Miami on Dec. 16, and signed his LOI on Dec. 20.
He is a 2018 U.S. Army All-American, and holds 16 offers, including the usual suspects — Miami, Auburn, Florida, Georgia etc.
Jobe is a long cornerback who plays bigger than his 180 pounds, and you can’t help but think that like Levi Wallace, he’ll play closer to 190 after a year with Scott Cochran. In fact, Levi Wallace’s physicality is a good comparison, though Levi obviously has better skills after five years of college ball. Jobe excels in coverage off the whistle, and is a fierce run-stopper with great closing speed, although at 4.57, he doesn’t have elite top-end speed. Still he is a complete package of length, coverage skills, and run support, and that versatility allow Jobe to play both safety and cornerback. But, he projects strictly as a collegiate corner.
Ball-tracking is one area that he will need to improve in order to see significant playing time early. Jobe can lose sight of the play in the air. However, given the Tide’s depth situation at corner, if Jobe can fine-tune his back-end coverage, don’t be surprised to hear his name in the mix for playing time next season, even if it’s only in body bag situations or special teams.
Thanks for reading. If there is any info you guys would like to see for the upcoming features, just comment below. In the mean time follow me on Twitter for more ‘Bama updates.