ALABAMA RECRUITING UPDATE
The date is October. 5 and we are exactly 75 days away from the first day of the early signing period, which is Dec. 19.
The Crimson Tide currently has 21 commits in their 2019 recruiting class and has room to add more. The Tide are in a great position with some 5-Star recruits and could wrap up their 2019 recruiting class with a barrage of 5-Star guys. Nakobe Dean, Kayvon Thibodeaux, Trey Sanders, Clay Webb, Ishmael Sopsher, Darnell Wright, and Evan Neal all consider Alabama to be one of their top schools.
Dean has been on the Tide’s radar since the summer of his sophomore year, which was before many considered him to be the No.1 linebacker in the nation. He has visited Tuscaloosa just as much, if not more than any other recruit. He took a visit this Summer and got a chance to take an in-depth look at the University of Alabama’s engineering program. He was impressed. The Tide have continuously stayed on Dean as they talk nearly every day and Nick Saban has expressed that he will have an opportunity to play early.
“He basically just told me how much they want me and need me,” Dean said. “He also told me how much of an impact I will make on the team and how I will have a chance to play early due to the low depth at linebacker.”
Dean currently has two official visits set to Auburn and LSU. He will most likely make his decision during the early signing period, so he can enroll early. The Tide are recruiting him hard and want him pretty bad. It is only a matter of time before we see what decision Dean makes.
Thibodeaux took an official visit to Alabama a couple of weeks ago. That marked that third-time Thibodeaux has visited Tuscaloosa in the span of 4 months, which is huge for a California prospect. The California-native has remained high on Alabama and got to share a special moment with Nick Saban, which revealed he has a connection with the state of Alabama.
“I had a great time at Alabama,” Thibodeaux said via Twitter. “I just wanna give a special thanks to Coach Saban, he signed a picture of my great grandfather who passed away, he was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama and was a big #Bama fan. That made my grandmother so happy. So thanks again #RollTide .”
Thibodeaux is the No. 1 recruit in the nation and lines up at the defensive end position. Alabama has already pulled in an impressive defensive line group and Kayvon Thibodeaux’s commitment could be the icing on the cake.
Sanders is the No. 1 running back in the 2019 recruiting class. He was once committed to the Tide, but decided to de-commit and expressed that Alabama would still remain one of his top schools. He has visited Alabama a couple time since then and many feel Alabama is still the team to beat. His decision could be a December one, but might could come earlier than that.
Clay Webb is a name that many Alabama fans know due to him being arguably one of the the top offensive lineman in the nation and an Alabama-native. Webb is still showing that he is high on Alabama as he has visited twice this season already on his own family’s dollar. He has yet to take an official visit to Alabama this season, which will be paid for entirely by Alabama. He has talked about a December decision for quite some time now, so expect his decision then.
Sopsher released a top 7 in July and Alabama was included. He lines up at the defensive tackle position. The Louisiana native’s decision will most likely come down to LSU and Alabama as so many other Louisiana products’ decisions have. The last time he visited Alabama was in April. Sopsher is taken the traditional route by signing during the second signing period in February, which means he will arrive at whatever school he chooses in the Summer.
Wright released a top 10 in July and Alabama was included. The last time the 5-star offensive tackle visited Alabama was also in July. He has taken other visits to different places. Most recently he visited Tennessee and Penn State for their matchup against Ohio State. His recruitment seems to be a battle between the Buckeyes, the Vols, and the Tide at the moment. He has not set a commitment date yet.
Neal is yet another Alabama 5-Star offensive line target. He will visit Alabama sometime later this Season. He has not announced a commitment date yet, but Alabama looks like they will remain in the mix to the end.
Alabama is also targeting 4-Star guys Noa Pola-Gates, Wandale Robinson, Faatui Tuitele, Keon Zipperer and Ty Robinson. Auburn 4-Star wideout commit George Pickens and Florida State’s 5-Star safety commit, Akeem Dent continues to be on their board also.
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