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 4-star running back and 4-star cornerback committing on Thursday.
Asa Martin committing on Thursday
Asa Martin, a 4-star running back from Austin High School (Decatur, Ala.), will announce his commitment at 11 a.m. ET during a ceremony at his school. Alabama, Auburn, Clemson and Florida are the finalists. The two in-state schools are the clear favorites heading into his decision.
As of Wednesday night, Martin hadn’t told either Alabama’s or Auburn’s staff what he was going to do. There’s confidence on both sides. Heading into the week, Alabama was seen as the favorite, but Martin’s coach, Jeremy Perkins, said the chatter out there was just that.
“What everyone thinks they know out there, it’s not coming from him. Your guess is as good as mine,” Perkins told SEC Country. “He has kept this really close to the vest. I’m pretty sure when he makes his announcement on Thursday that he and his mother will be the only two that know. He may talk to the college coaches before, but as far as teammates, coaches and the public, he isn’t telling anyone.”
He did talk with Alabama coach Nick Saban and offensive coordinator Brian Daboll on Wednesday, and one person who’s talked with Martin a lot recently told SEC Country that he thought the running back was pro-Alabama and that the Crimson Tide will be his choice. I’m still sticking with my prediction I made on Wednesday that Martin will choose Auburn when he makes his decision in a few hours. I am not confident, though.
The reason I am going with Auburn is because the Tigers have prioritized Martin for much longer than the Crimson Tide have. He has said that he believes his game is better suited for a spread-style offense, which is what Auburn runs. Martin has also said that he feels the most comfortable at Auburn because of its family environment.
Auburn’s depth chart also is more open than Alabama’s, and it’s something that Martin has put considerable thought in, but Perkins said if it was a major concern to his running back, Alabama wouldn’t have the chance it does to land his commitment.
“I think if it was an issue for him, he wouldn’t have Alabama as one of his top 4 teams,” Perkins said. “Some would argue one of his top 2 teams. If it was an issue, we would have had a conversation about it. He’s a competitor. He’s not shying away from competition. He never has done that.”
Martin seems like he’s 50-50 heading into his decision. I don’t think this recruitment is over by any means after he makes his decision in a few hours.
Jaycee Horn committing on Thursday
Jaycee Horn, a 4-star cornerback from Alpharetta (Ga.) High School, will announce his commitment live in the SEC Country studios at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday. Horn’s finalists are Alabama, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Though Horn, the son of former NFL wide receiver Joe Horn, is a lifelong Alabama fan, he will not choose the Crimson Tide when he makes his decision. He no longer has a committable offer.
Horn previously tried to commit to Alabama, but the coaching staff told him he needed to wait. There was a point when Horn did have a committable offer, but that was when Alabama wasn’t sure where it stood with other cornerback targets. Since that point, Alabama has gained significant steam with 5-star prospect Tyson Campbell and former LSU commit Nadab Joseph. The Tide have also offered junior college prospect Saivion Smith. All three are higher on the board than Horn. Alabama also has a cornerback commitment from Jalyn Armour-Davis.
It’s possible Alabama could circle back to Horn if it misses on one of those guys listed above, but I’m not sure at this time if he’d entertain the Tide knowing he wasn’t wanted originally.
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