Early Signing Period is well behind us now, but there’s always more recruiting news. First, the Tide extended an offer to 3-star cornerback Ennis Rakestraw out of Texas. Rakestraw had no offers from any Power 5 schools until Missouri in October. Then, a few days after Christmas, he apparently put on an impressive performance in the state championship game, immediately drawing offers from Kansas, Michigan State, UConn, Baylor, Miami, Arkansas, South Carolina, and Georgia. Alabama followed suit yesterday, and Rakestraw seems to be indicating the Tide would be his first choice.
He’s not even ranked by Rivals.com, but maybe he’s another case like Josh Jacobs where nobody noticed him until late?
Alabama also got a commitment from 3-star defensive tackle Kyle Mann, who’s choosing to be a preferred walk-on rather than take the scholarship at Kansas, SMU, NC State, or Eastern Kentucky.
In other recruiting news, 5-star running back Zach Evans has been released from his NLI from Georgia and will be allowed to go to another school. I guess even Kirby didn’t want that headache. On to LSU, then?
When asked who he patterns his game after, Young made a surprising pick.
“For me, someone I pattern my game after, my favorite quarterback in the league is Aaron Rodgers,” Young said. “The way that he can manipulate himself as far as throwing angle, making sure how he moves in the pocket, being able to extend plays, but making sure he all that with his eyes downfield as a passer is something I definitely strive to be.”
I’m honestly surprised he went with Rogers. Most shorter QBs like to point to Drew Brees or Russell Wilson, while the younger high school kids are falling all over DeShaun Watson, Kyler Murray, and Patrick Mahomes these days.
Of course, a game comparison to A-A-Ron is basically the same thing as a comparison to Watson. You’re going to get a lot of sacks in return for a whole lot of big-time throws.
In any case, this article also has a few quotes from Young about how he plays the quarterback position with a height viewed as “non-prototype.”
So that’s my Top 10 (including Tagovailoa), though it’s certainly up for debate. I’d probably put Tua behind Hannah, Bennett and Thomas, but that’s about it.
AL.com is going all out with a Top-Ten Players in Alabama’s History list, with Tua coming in at #4. It’s kind of crazy that a list like that doesn’t even include one of the program’s two Heisman trophy winners in Mark Ingram.
Who would you put as your top-ten all time?
Alabama’s basketball team needs to rebound, and not just rebound from the double overtime loss at Florida after the Crimson Tide had built a 21-point first half lead. An unquestioned strength of Mississippi State, which visits Coleman Coliseum Wednesday, is rebounding, and particularly offensive rebounding.
Alabama (7-6 overall, 0-1 in Southeastern Conference play) and the Bulldogs (9-4, 0-1) tip off at 6 p.m. CST Wednesday with SEC Network televising the game.
Because Bama plays with a so-called small lineup, one big man with a small forward and three outside players, the Tide depends on players like 6-6 wing John Petty, Jr., to snare rebounds. And Petty has done that, a team-leading 7.4 rebounds per game.
Alabama will be looking to right the ship tonight after a tough loss to Florida this weekend. At this point, any win will be gravy for a team that’s learning a completely new system with an entire team of players that trained under a different coach.
Alabama basketball ranks 6th nationally in scoring 83.9 points a game but is 336th of 350 teams in points allowed with 79.7 a game.— Michael Casagrande (@ByCasagrande) January 7, 2020
If anything, this sure has been a wild ride for those of us that so lamented the regular 55-point outings back during the Anthony Grant days of Alabama Basketball
That’s all for now. On tap for today is a bowl game film breakdown for freshman LB Christian Harris and a stats piece that I’ve been chewing on for months and finally got around to writing.