Nick Saban and Alabama staff making use of off week by meeting team’s top targets

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Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Roll Tide-ings, a rundown of everything happening in Alabama Crimson Tide recruiting with Chris Kirschner. Today, we talk the latest with some of Alabama’s top targets in the 2018 class. 

Alabama contact period updates 

Alabama has used this week to visit some important targets in this class. The contact period started this past Sunday. For those who don’t know, college football programs are allowed to visit recruits on and off campus. This is usually when we see recruits tweet out a bunch of pictures with college coaches in their living rooms.

Some important rules to know concerning the contact period: Head coaches can only conduct one in-home visit with a prospective student-athlete. Each school gets six in-home visits with a recruit, but none of those in-home visits can happen more than once during a calendar week. Head coaches can stop by the school of the athlete and then visit their home later that day to maximize time. That only counts as one visit.

Here’s who the Alabama staff saw on Wednesday:

Nick Saban met with 4-star wide receiver Jaylen Waddle. Waddle is the team’s top slot wide receiver target in this class. His recruitment will likely come down to Alabama or Oregon. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if he’s given some indication to Tide staff on what he plans to do when he makes his commitment public.

Saban and outside linebackers coach Tosh Lupoi visited 4-star Texas A&M DE commit Max Wright. Alabama had lots of interest in Wright before he committed. Wright did recently reaffirm his commitment to the Aggies, though.

Saban and Lupoi also visited with 4-star Texas A&M DL commit Bobby Brown. It’s unclear if Texas A&M firing Kevin Sumlin will play any factor in Brown’s recruitment. We’ll see if Aggies defensive line coach Terry Price is retained or not. If not, that could be the opening Alabama needs to get Brown on board. He was the team’s top defensive line target before he chose the Aggies.

Saban, along with wide receivers coach Joshua Moore, was also expected to visit Nebraska wide receiver commit Joshua Moore in Texas. I haven’t been able to confirm if that trip actually happened.

Defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt visited 3-star Mobile (Ala.) Christian DE Andres Fox. Fox is down to Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Stanford. I expect his recruitment will come down to the in-state schools. Fox grew up a Tide fan, and Alabama needs several defensive linemen this year. Fox is one of the team’s top priorities.

Other confirmed stops for the coaching staff:

Offensive line coach Brent Key and wide receivers coach Mike Locksley were at Berkeley Prep (Tampa, Fla.) to see Nicholas Petit-Frere, who is the team’s top offensive tackle target. Key also met with Petit-Frere at his house. Key also stopped by Apopka High School to see 4-star offensive tackle William Barnes. Barnes will likely end up committing to Florida at some point, even with the coaching changes.

Defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley stopped in South Florida to see 4-star cornerback Nadab Joseph, who is down to Alabama, Georgia and LSU. Joseph has delayed his decision a few times now, but I still expect him to choose the Tide when he signs. Ansley also traveled to Connecticut to meet with 4-star Miami cornerback commit Josh Jobe. Sources in Tuscaloosa remain confident that the team can flip Jobe from the Hurricanes.

Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll met with 3-star athlete commit Slade Bolden. The Louisiana native is locked in with his commitment to the Tide and will sign early.

Tight ends coach Joe Pannunzio also was in Connecticut to see 3-star defensive lineman Casey Rogers. Rogers doesn’t have an offer from Alabama just yet, but the team will host him for an official visit next month. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see an offer come his way soon.

Expected Thursday visits 

On Thursday, Lupoi is expected to be in Utah, where 4-star Jack linebacker commit Cameron Latu and 4-star offensive tackle target Penei Sewell live. Sewell will likely commit to either Alabama or Oregon. With Oregon coach Willie Taggart being mentioned for the potential Florida State opening, that certainly can’t hurt the Tide’s chances of capitalizing on that.

Saban and Key will have an in-home visit with 4-star center commit Emil Ekiyor. Ekiyor will sign in December but won’t enroll at Alabama until the summer because his school doesn’t allow early graduates.

Defensive line coach Karl Dunbar will have an important day because he’s expected to meet with the Tide’s top uncommitted defensive tackle targets, 4-star prospects Christian Barmore and Tyler Friday.

Ansley is expected to see 4-star Central High School (Phenix City, Ala.) wide receiver Justyn Ross. There’s a lot of buzz with Clemson surrounding Ross’ recruitment, but don’t count out Alabama and Auburn.

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