Alabama football’s September to-do list on the recruiting trail

The Alabama football season kicked off this past weekend, but recruiting never stops.

The early-signing period in December is three months away. Nick Saban and Co. still have plenty to do to help close out a top-10 recruiting class and address several key positions of need.

Every month, SEC Country will outline the three biggest items that the Alabama coaching staff must accomplish on the recruiting trail to make that a reality. Here is the to-do list for September:

Land a ‘special freak’ 

Vernon Jackson was supposed to make his commitment this past month, but he decided to hold off on his decision due to Hurricane Harvey. Jackson, a 3-star athlete from Boling (Texas) High School, lives about an hour southwest of Houston. Jackson and his family are OK from the storm’s devastation, but there are plenty in his neighborhood who aren’t.

Jackson’s school is closed until next Monday, so I don’t expect a commitment until then at the earliest. Whenever he makes his decision, I expect Alabama to be the choice. What kind of player would the Crimson Tide be getting if they landed Jackson?

“He’s special and freaky,” Boling coach Kevin Urbanek told SEC Country. “He’s 6-foot-3 and weighs over 240 pounds, but he moves like a skill kid. You watch him on film sometimes and you just ask yourself how he made that cut or how he does what he does at that size. He’s a special freak. That’s what I call him.”

Get a commitment from Penei Sewell 

Penei Sewell, a 4-star prospect from Utah, is one of Alabama’s top offensive line targets in the 2018 class. His father, Gabriel, told SEC Country last month that he believed his son would make his decision either in late August or early September. He didn’t make his decision before his senior season, so it should be coming soon.

Alabama has two offensive line commits already in 4-star tackle Tommy Brown and 3-star center/guard Jarrett Bell. The Crimson Tide would like to add at least one more offensive lineman, and Sewell is near the top of the list along with 4-star tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere.

Establish an offensive identity

Alabama’s offensive identity wasn’t clear in its win over Florida State. The Crimson Tide didn’t look like a team that will throw it all over the field and spread the love this fall. If you are a wide receiver not named Calvin Ridley in Alabama’s offense, you got the same number of catches as I did against the Seminoles.

That offense wasn’t exciting to watch, but it got the win, so it really doesn’t matter when we’re talking about results. But, two of Alabama’s big wide receiver targets were in attendance on Saturday night: 4-star prospects Justyn Ross and Jaylen Waddle. Hurts finished the game with less than 100 passing yards, so it’s tough to imagine that performance impressed Ross and Waddle.

The Tide take on Fresno State this weekend, so they should have an opportunity to air it out against a cupcake opponent.

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