Remember last year how everyone was freaked out about the Alabama recruiting class? How funny was that? Vanderbilt picked up a 3-star receiver in March that catapulted them over the 54th ranked Crimson Tide and everyone was losing their minds. Then along came Nick Saban as stealth as a tiger creeping up on his prey to land the best recruiting class ever. Can he top this class in 2022? Can he come even close? We’ll all have to be patient but he has gotten off to a good start.
Robert Woodyard committed to Bama way back on June 25 of last year. This inside linebacker is a high 4-star and has often been compared to fellow Mobile native CJ Mosley. There is no reason to think he will renege on his pledge.
Elijah Brown was the latest to commit, doing so on Feb. 12. Alabama has struggled with obtaining high-ceiling tight ends the last couple of classes, but this Dayton, OH resident comes with high praise. The Tide may be looking to add a second tight end to this class.
Walter Bob finally has a recruiting ranking. Rivals has started the defensive end out with three stars. 247sports’ assessment is still on hold for now. Crootin reporters are in the same boat as coaches when it comes to evaluations. They get much of their scouting done at the summer camps. With all those being cancelled last year and in danger this year, their jobs are little tougher.
A few high-profile commitment announcements are expected in the coming weeks. Two are directly related to Alabama (don’t believe some of these other jokers).
QB Ty Simpson has long been a target of the Crimson Tide. With his dad, Jason Simpson, as the longtime head coach at Tennessee-Martin, Ty is what you might call the football equivalent of a gym rat. He has grown up around the Skyhawks program and has been a regular fixture at practices, often joining in. The elder Simpson once employed new Tide coach Jay Graham on his UTM staff. He also served on the Jacksonville State staff with Bama’s Charles Kelly.
Ty had a great relationship with Steve Sarkisian and by all accounts Bill O’Brien has picked up right where Sark left off. Jason says it is down to three schools. A few of the “experts” have predicted his pledge to Clemson, but the vibe I am getting is that Alabama is looking really good right now. Especially after conversations he has had with Mac Jones.
The third team has long been Tennessee. Before former Vols coach Jeremy Pruitt was fired, what was the main ingredient most everyone agreed the Vols needed in order to over the hump? Answer: a big-time quarterback. And they had one on the hook in Simpson. Had Phil Fulmer not scorched the earth in Knoxville, this recruitment could have been a slam dunk to UT. Pruitt, who is a fantastic recruiter, took responsibility of the campaign to reel in Simpson and had a great relationship. But then ol’ Fatty McBackstabber burned the final bridge. Add another nugget to the FFPF legacy.
Simpson will commit on 2/26.
5-star running back Emmanuel Henderson will announce on March 13 between Alabama, Alabama, and Alabama. But seriously, it would be the upset of the century if he picked anywhere else. He is from Hartford, AL down near Dothan and is the top running back in the Class of 2022.
The below prospects have not set dates to announce but are favored to eventually pick the Tide.
Jeremiah Alexander, 5-star WDE, Alabaster (Thompson)
Khurtiss Perry, 4-star DT, Montgomery (Park Crossing)
Shemar James, 4-star ATH, Mobile (Faith Academy)
De’Nylon Morrissette, 4-star WR, Snellville, GA (Brookwood)
TJ Dudley, 4-star OLB, Montgomery Catholic
Kaytron Allen, 4-star RB, Norfolk, Va (IMG)
DEAD PERIOD EXTENSION?
There has still been no word on the latest dead period extension proposal which is due to expire April 15, 2021. Last week, the NCAA oversight committee ridiculously recommended to extend the dead period until the end of May, but have experienced quite a bit of pushback from coaches and administrators. With the NCAA steadily losing their grip on the governorship of the FBS, they may want to listen.
Also on the docket are the one-time transfer proposal from the NCAA and the SEC rule requiring non-graduates who transfer within the conference to sit out a year. Get comfy. This might take awhile.
UPDATE: The NCAA’s Division I Council is extending the recruiting dead period for all Division I sports through May 31.
Should the SEC grant intra-conference non-graduates immediate eligibility?
This poll is closed
Yes, sitting out makes no sense.
No, changing that rule will create chaos and unfair advantages.
Maybe (see my wishy-washy indecision in the comments section below)