Alabama’s 2018 RB options after Asa Martin commits to Auburn

Asa Martin committed to Auburn over Alabama during a ceremony at his school on Thursday. The Crimson Tide had been confident for months that Martin was going to commit to them when he announced his decision.

What changed?

Auburn’s coaching staff drilled its favorable depth chart at running back over Alabama’s. Martin bought into it. It’s the same thing the Tigers did last year with 4-star offensive tackle Austin Troxell, who’s a lifelong Tide fan. Troxell was all Alabama until Auburn’s staff made him second guess the Tide’s depth at offensive tackle.

It’s possible Alabama only has three running backs heading into next season as Bo Scarbrough and Damien Harris could decide to leave for the draft. That would leave the Tide with just Josh Jacobs, Najee Harris and Brian Robinson. And Martin is nothing like those three, as he is more so of a change of pace back, ala Kenyan Drake, so he likely would have seen the field early.

Martin, a 4-star prospect from Austin High School (Decatur, Ala.), didn’t give Auburn his final word until a few hours before his decision. There was a lot of back-and-forth between he and his family. I don’t think this recruitment is over by any means as he was 50-50 last night and didn’t decide on the Tigers until a few hours beforehand.

So, now that Martin has committed elsewhere, who are Alabama’s other options at running back?

Zamir White, 5-star prospect, Laurinburg, N.C. — committed to Georgia

White committed to Georgia over Alabama in late June. It was much closer than people think. White had been pegged to UGA for about a year prior to his decision. He actually told the Alabama staff the night before his decision that he was going to choose the Tide.

Since his commitment to Georgia, Alabama has kept in contact with White almost every single day. The staff is aware that flipping White from the Bulldogs is going to be a challenge, but it will continue to try to chip away at his commitment. Who knows; perhaps another underwhelming season by Georgia and another national title game appearance from Alabama will be enough to change White’s mind.

Harold Joiner, 4-star prospect, Mountain Brook, Ala. — uncommitted

Joiner recently said that he’s down to LSU and Michigan State, but that really doesn’t matter. He has changed his mind so many times on the schools he’s considering that what he says and what he does are two totally different things.

Now that Martin has committed to Auburn, I fully expect Alabama to turn the heat up on Joiner. The staff was waiting to see what Martin did before deciding to strongly pursue Joiner. At least one person close to the Alabama program believes Joiner has more ability and upside than Martin.

Joiner has told SEC Country before that there’s no chance he commits to Alabama because of the team’s depth at running back, but, again, what he says and does are two different things.

Jerome Ford, 3-star prospect, Tampa, Fla. — uncommitted

Ford is a prospect we haven’t talked about much on here, but he is in the mix for Alabama. Ford attended a satellite camp at the University of South Florida where Alabama’s staff was in attendance, too. While there, Ford got to speak with Nick Saban where the recruit was told that he has a scholarship offer and is wanted in this class.

He’s ranked as the nation’s No. 24 all-purpose running back.

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