Alabama recruiting mailbag: Possible targets for Tide if Jimbo Fisher leaves Florida State

Have Alabama football recruiting questions? We have the answers. Join us every Wednesday for the SEC Country Alabama recruiting mailbag to discuss Crimson Tide recruiting.  This week, we discuss who Alabama could target if Jimbo Fisher left Florida State, Luke Ford and more.

Let’s get to your questions.

Possible targets for Alabama if Jimbo Fisher left for Texas A&M?

From @hackzubbard

It’s looking likely that Jimbo Fisher will take the Texas A&M job. If the Florida State job opens, there will be absolute chaos on the coaching carousel because that’s one of the best jobs in college football.

There’s only one current Florida State commitment that Alabama is still interested in and that’s 4-star defensive tackle Robert Cooper. Cooper told SEC Country that he will likely take an official visit to Alabama next month. He also recently told SEC Country that Alabama and Georgia were the only other schools he was considering. If Cooper ended up reopening his recruitment, UGA would likely be his landing spot. The Tide need defensive tackles, though, so perhaps things would change when he makes it to Tuscaloosa on that visit.

As far as targets are concerned, 5-star cornerback Patrick Surtain Jr. has listed FSU as his No. 2 school at points throughout his recruitment. Fisher leaving would likely eliminate the Seminoles, but it seems likely Surtain is headed to LSU no matter what happens.

Alabama got a chance with Luke Ford?

From @DrewChamplin

This question is so well thought out that you’d think it came from a former Alabama recruiting reporter who now is the managing editor of Pumps & Systems Magazine.

I do think Alabama has a chance with 4-star tight end Luke Ford. His decision will likely come down to ‘Bama, Auburn and Georgia. I think Auburn and Georgia have the advantage over Alabama because those two schools have offered a walk-on spot to his brother, Noah, a fullback, who is transferring from Southern Illinois. The Tide have not offered Noah a walk-on opportunity and may never do so. Coach Nick Saban has told the Ford family that the Tide don’t use a fullback. Luke and Noah want to play at the same school.

Dominick Wood-Anderson, a 4-star tight end from Arizona Western College (Yuma, Ariz.), is the team’s top target at the position. I expect Wood-Anderson to commit to the Tide this time around.

I don’t expect him to silently commit to four different schools, tell Nick Saban the day of his commitment that he’ll be choosing the Tide, only for him to decide on a different school a few hours later.

Still feel confident in Jacob Copeland and Nadab Joseph signing with Alabama?

From @Alapanic

I’m not as confident as I once was on Jacob Copeland, a 4-star wide receiver from Escambia High School (Pensacola, Fla.), choosing Alabama. Copeland de-committed from Florida on Saturday shortly after the end of the Iron Bowl. That was a likely decision for him after the Gators fired Jim McElwain.

A day after he de-committed, the Gators hired Dan Mullen, who Copeland is a big fan of. Mullen and new wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales have already been in communication with him. He’s a big-time priority for the new Florida staff.

Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, who is Copeland’s primary recruiter for the Tide, met with the Under Armour All-American on Tuesday. The timing of the visit couldn’t have been better because of Pruitt being a top candidate for the Mississippi State job that was filled by Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead on Tuesday night. I’m sure Pruitt had an idea that he wasn’t going to get the job by the time he met with Copeland.

Copeland is a top target for Alabama, and with Pruitt looking like he’s going to stay, I do like the Tide’s chances of landing Copeland, but Florida is going to make this tough.

As far as Nadab Joseph, a 4-star cornerback from Miami (Fla.) Norland High School, I fully expect him to choose Alabama when he signs.

Biggest areas of need in recruiting next year by position?

From @Seagrove_Beach

I’ll be honest, I haven’t started to fully dive into the 2019 class just because there are so many holes to fill in this 2018 class.

But running back, offensive tackle, defensive linemen and defensive backs will likely be the focus.

Have a question about Alabama recruiting?  Tweet me @ChrisKirschner, and we’ll try to answer it in a future mailbag.

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