With two days remaining until Nick Saban puts a few more cherries on top of this 2019 sundae, one thing is certain: Alabama is once again king of recruiting. The Crimson Tide has already clinched the top recruiting class, even if they do not sign another player. But that is not the plan. Alabama has perhaps as many as six more scholarships available to hand out, maybe more depending on certain circumstances. However, they have about 14 prospects that they were still recruiting through the weekend. #BamaProblems.
With the Dead Period that started Monday and will last through Thursday, coach recruiting comes to a halt.
Brent, Josh, and CB969 have their predictions below:
|Khris Bogle DE (Fort Lauderdale, FL)||Alabama||Alabama||Alabama|
|Jerrion Ealy RB (Flowood, MS)||Ole Miss||Ole Miss||Clemson|
|Quashon Fuller DE (Lehigh Acres, FL)||FSU||FSU||FSU|
|Daniel Heimuli ILB (Menlo Park, CA)||Washington||Washington||Washington|
|Nathan Pickering DL (Seminary, MS)||Miss State||Miss State||Miss State|
|Keilan Robinson RB (Washington, DC)||Alabama||Alabama||Alabama|
|Brett Seither, TE (Clearwater, FL)||Alabama||Georgia||Alabama|
|Javonne Shepherd OT (Houston, TX)||Texas||Texas||Texas|
|Ishmael Sopsher DT (Amite, LA)||LSU||LSU||LSU|
|Jaquaze Sorrells DT (Winter Park, FL)||South Carolina||Penn State||Alabama|
|Henry To’oto’o LB (Concord, CA)||Alabama||Oregon||Alabama|
|Christian Williams DB (Daphne, AL)||LSU||Alabama||LSU|
|Byron Young DL (Laurel, MS)||Alabama||Alabama||Alabama|
|Darnell Wright OT (Huntington, WV)||Tennessee||Tennessee||Tennessee|
BRENT: We keep the 4 current commits and don’t pick up anyone else. I just don’t see Ealy or Pickering doing anything but playing games, and To’oto’o has been so hard to read. I can’t see him at Tennessee though. And he has a visit with Oregon just before NSD, so I think they keep him on that side of the country. Among the non-committed, Seither is probably the best bet for an Alabama commitment.
JOSH (regarding Jerrion Ealy): Clemson, but going MLB anyway.
CB969: I think we are all in agreement that Ealy will probably never play a down of college football, instead run for the riches of baseball. Signing him might seem like a waste of a scholarship, but you have to believe Nick Saban has contingency plans.
As I have mentioned in the past, Jaquaze Sorrells might have issues with his academics. It is not a slight to say he might have an easier time qualifying at South Carolina.
Brett Seither ended up not visiting Penn State this past weekend.
Quashon Fuller was all full up with the Crimson Tide spirit after being hosted by 5-star early enrollee Antonio Alfano during his visit to Tuscaloosa this past weekend. Despite his confusing 404 syntax error Tweet, he might still end up at FSU. Often times, recruits are on a high after an OV and they will rave about their visit. For example, look at all the jokers who predicted Tennessee as the leader for Henry To’oto’o (lol) after his trip to Knoxville. Word is that Fuller’s mama might be calling the shots for her baby boy. She likes Alabama but for some reason she is enamored with Willie Taggart.
Josh touched on the subject of Corliss Waitman this morning in the JP. I remember watching this guy punt for South Alabama and being impressed. After looking up his bio at the time, I was disappointed to see he was in his fifth season. What I did not realize was that as a redshirt freshman he was injured in the third game and got a medical redshirt.
His addition would be a big improvement to the Alabama special teams. Waitman is a proven sixth-year senior who punted for a 41.7 yard average last season and 45.2 the year before. In 67 punts this past season, he had only 3 touchbacks and left 19 inside the 20 yard line. He also handled kickoff duties for the Jags the last three seasons.