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Alabama Recruiting Update: Returning to Normal

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June brings Nick Saban football camps and more eyes on recruits.

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Summertime and the livin’s easy
Saban’s on the megaphone with B-O-B
All the people in the thread will agree that we’re
Well qualified to represent the 3-4 D

~ Not Sublime

Summertime 2021 brings with it a ray of hope of a return to normalcy. June 1 represents a long-awaited end to the protracted college football recruiting Dead Period that was imposed way back in March 2020. Not that Nick Saban and company struggled with the situation, but he and his colleagues are glad to get back to more face-to-face interactions.

The first sign of summer is the Nick Saban camps. They are a way to get croots on campus for up-close looks at their abilities and how they take to coaching. Some of these prospects can make or break their opportunities to sign with Alabama during their time at these one-day camps. They are not exclusive to just rising seniors.

The Crimson Tide has ten forthcoming camps:

  • 06/02/21 High School Camp 1
  • 06/05/21 High School Camp 2
  • 06/07/21 High School Camp 3
  • 06/09/21 High School Camp 4
  • 06/12/21 Kicking Camp
  • 06/14/21 High School Camp 5
  • 06/19/21 OL/DL Camp *
  • 06/21/21 High School Camp 6
  • 06/23/21 High School Camp 7
  • 06/26/21 High School Camp 8

* The OL/DL Camp has proved to be one of the most valuable camps for Alabama. Thus, UA has one that exclusively features best-on-best linemen matchups.

For recruiting purposes, camping is considered an unofficial visit. June also bring the return of official visits.

Below is a list of official and unofficial visitors coming next month as provided by 247sports with my comments. The highlights will definitely be June 18 and June 25.

June 2

  • Hero Kanu, 4-star DT, Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita Catholic
  • Falentha Carswell, OT, Sandersville (Ga.) Washington County
  • Jayden Wayne, 2023 5-star SDE, Tacoma (Wash.) Lincoln

June 3

  • Justice Haynes, 2023 4-star RB, Roswell (Ga.) Blessed Trinity Catholic

June 4

  • Ty Simpson, 5-star QB, Martin (Tenn.) - Alabama commit
  • Emmanuel Henderson, 5-star RB, Hartford (Ala.) - Alabama commit
  • Barion Brown, 4-star WR, Nashville (Tenn.) Pearl-Cohn
  • Shemar James, 4-star OLB, Mobile (Ala.) - expected to announce his decision in July - official visit
  • Jake Taylor, 4-star OT, Las Vegas (Nev.) - Alabama has struck out with kids from national power Bishop Gorman but that might change with this guy - official visit
  • Jacob Sexton, 4-star OT, Edmond (Okla.) Deer Creek - recently named a top five (Bama, Okie, Okie Lite, Tex, TAMU) - official visit
  • Peter Woods, 2023 5-star SDE, Alabaster (Ala.) Thompson - No. 2 overall MUST HAVE!

June 5

June 5-6

June 8-9

  • Rueben Owens, 2023 5-star RB, El Campo (Texas) - reminds some of T.J. Yeldon - Texas commit

June 9

June 11

  • Ty Simpson, 5-star QB, Martin (Tenn.) - Alabama commit
  • Emmanuel Henderson, 5-star RB, Hartford (Ala.) - Alabama commit
  • Bobby Taylor, 4-star CB, Katy (Texas) - Texas A&M commit - I doubt he flips - official visit

June 11-12

  • Malik Bryant, 2023 5-star WkDE, Orlando (Fla.) IMG Academy

June 14

June 17-18

  • Earl Little Jr., 4-star CB, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) American Heritage - same school as Patrick Surtain II, coach is Surtain Sr.

June 18

  • Ty Simpson, 5-star QB, Martin (Tenn.) - Alabama commit
  • Emmanuel Henderson, 5-star RB, Hartford (Ala.) - Alabama commit
  • Zach Rice, 5-star OT, Lynchburg (Va.) - official visit
  • Enai White, High 4-star WkDE, Philadelphia (Pa.) Imhotep Institute - official visit
  • Isaiah Bond, 4-star ATH, Buford (Ga.) - Florida commit - official visit
  • Bryce Anderson, 4-star S, Beaumont (Texas) West Brook - official visit
  • Dani Dennis-Sutton, 4-star SDE, Owings Mills (Md.) McDonough School - official visit
  • Isaiah Horton, 4-star WR, Nashville (Tenn.) Oakland
  • Arch Manning, 2023 5-star QB, New Orleans (La.) - Have you heard of this guy?

June 19

June 22-23

June 24

June 25 !!!!!

  • Ty Simpson, 5-star QB, Martin (Tenn.) - Alabama commit
  • Emmanuel Henderson, 5-star RB, Hartford (Ala.) - Alabama commit
  • Walter Nolen, 5-star DT, Cordova (Tenn.) - No. 2 overall - official visit
  • Denver Harris, 5-star CB, Houston (Texas) North Shore - No. 6 overall - official visit
  • Omari Abor, 5-star SDE, Duncanville (Texas) - No. 21 overall - official visit
  • Terrance Brooks, 4-star CB, Plano (Texas) John Paul II - official visit
  • Tyler Booker, 4-star OT, New Haven (Conn.) IMG Academy - JC Latham’s bookend, transferred from New Jersey’s Bergen Catholic - official visit
  • Jake Pope, 4-star S, Buford (Ga.) - also played WR, KR for AAAAAA state champs - official visit
  • Dayne Shor, 4-star OT, Alpharetta (Ga.) - official visit
  • Nicholas Singleton, 4-star RB, Reading (Pa.) - official visit

June 26

June 27