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 a top target who was set to commit this Saturday.
Vernon Jackson no longer committing on Saturday
Vernon Jackson, a 3-star athlete from Boling (Texas) High School, was going to announce his commitment this Saturday at 2 p.m. ET. That will no longer happen.
The state of Texas is bracing for a major hurricane that is being considered “life-threatening.” The governor of the state has issued a state of disaster in 30 counties, including Wharton, which is where Boling High School is located. Because of Hurricane Harvey’s expected destruction, Jackson has postponed his decision until Saturday, Sept. 2, Boling coach Kevin Urbanek told SEC Country.
Alabama dealt with a similar situation in the 2017 class when DeVonta Smith postponed his August decision because of severe flooding in Louisiana. Smith ended up pushing his decision back all the way until National Signing Day and signing with the Crimson Tide.
With Jackson just postponing his decision a week later, I don’t expect anything to change with his choice.
The Crimson Tide started looking like Jackson’s eventual pick after a trip to Tuscaloosa last month. He stayed on campus for three days, which was his first time visiting the school. He loved it.
“He went there this summer and felt that connection with the staff,” Urbanek said. “I think when he went there this summer that he got that feeling, and we always talk with coaches about what he’s looking for in schools. He’s looking for that place where he just knows like he belongs. I think that was the thing with him when he went there.”
Some fans may yawn over Alabama likely getting a 3-star prospect when he commits next week, but this would be a really good pickup for the Tide. Alabama has considered Jackson a priority for several months now.
“I don’t know how 25 guys are rated ahead of him,” Urbanek said of Jackson’s ranking. “I would really like to see those guys. I know if there are that many players rated above him, I would really like to meet them. He’s such a special kid, so if someone is ahead of him, how special is that guy?”
If Jackson chooses Alabama next week, the Crimson Tide would move up to 23rd in the team recruiting rankings on the 247Sports composite, just ahead of Auburn.
Jaycee Horn note
Jaycee Horn, a 4-star cornerback from Alpharetta (Ga.) High School, committed to Tennessee live in the SEC Country studio on Thursday night. Alabama and South Carolina were his other finalists, but he didn’t have a committable offer from the Crimson Tide.
Five-star prospects Tyson Campbell and Patrick Surtain Jr., 4-star prospects Nadab Joseph and Josh Jobe, and junior college prospect Saivion Smith are all higher on the Tide board than Horn. Horn also told SEC Country that the Alabama coaching staff now views him as a safety. The Tide are only expected to take one in the 2018 class. Jobe could play safety and Alabama is also recruiting LSU DB commit Kelvin Joseph as a safety.
I asked Horn, a lifelong Alabama fan, if the team extended a committable offer his way in the future, would that change his mind on Tennessee? He quickly said it wouldn’t. He doesn’t want to go somewhere where he knows he’s a second option. So, it would appear that Horn won’t be considering Alabama moving forward.
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