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 what winning a game against an opponent of Florida State’s caliber can do to Alabama’s recruiting efforts.
Alabama commits react to team beating Florida State
Four 5-star prospects were expected to sit in Alabama’s section inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium’s designated for recruits, including the nation’s No. 1 cornerback, Patrick Surtain Jr.
The Crimson Tide beat Florida State, 24-7, in what game organizers were calling the “greatest opener of all time.” So, winning a game of that magnitude in front of numerous elite recruits would surely help Alabama when it comes to the team’s efforts on the recruiting trail? Absolutely.
Here’s what several Alabama commits said about the game:
• 4-star WR Xavier Williams: “If you want to play the best — and beat the best — where else would you go?”
• 4-star OT Tommy Brown: “For me, it just reaffirms the reason why I committed to Alabama. Winning is in their blood. It’s what we do.”
• 3-star ATH Slade Bolden: “It just shows how Alabama continues to put a championship-caliber team on the field every year.”
• 3-star P Skyler Delong: “It was an awesome game and a great experience. It makes me want to get on the field as soon as possible. Nothing is better than ‘Bama football.”
• 2019 4-star OT Pierce Quick: “It definitely proves that ‘Bama is still on top. A bunch of people say the dynasty is ending, but that shows you that we’re just getting started.”
Most recruits will say that the outcome of one game doesn’t mean anything, but it certainly plays some factor because elite recruits won’t want to play for losing teams. The teams normally at the top of recruiting rankings every year are featured in the College Football Playoff or marquee bowl games.
5-star prospect says Alabama impressed him on most recent visit
Kardell Thomas is one of the top prospects in the country — and because of that, Alabama is interested in his services.
Thomas, a 2019 5-star LSU offensive guard commit from Southern University Lab High School (Baton Rouge, La.), told SEC Country’s Sam Spiegelman that while he is still firm with his commitment to the Tigers, Alabama is making things interesting.
“Me and LSU are always close,” Thomas said. “A lot of schools are coming. I ain’t going to lie — ‘Bama is kinda edging it. I didn’t think they’d impress when I was up there, but they impressed me a lot. I’ll probably put them in my top 5 in January.”
The 6-foot-4, 320-pound prospect visited Tuscaloosa a little more than a week ago with 4-star LSU running back commit Tyrion Davis, the latter of whom has now made multiple visits to Alabama since committing to the Tigers.
With Thomas, while those comments are positive for Alabama moving forward, I still believe it’s too early to say that a Baton Rouge kid won’t stick with his commitment to LSU. It should be noted that Thomas is former teammates with Alabama freshman linebacker Christopher Allen.
The latest on Vernon Jackson‘s commitment
Vernon Jackson, a 3-star linebacker target from Boling (Texas) High School, was supposed to make a commitment this past Saturday but chose not to.
Boling coach Kevin Urbanek told SEC Country that he’s unsure when his star player will announce his decision.
“Our school has been closed and we will not go back until Sept. 11,” Urbanek said. “I am not sure when he will do his commitment.”
Boling is a suburb of Houston, which is dealing with the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. That remains the focus of residents in the area and of Jackson himself.
I feel obligated to help people out I can only feel guilty cus my house is ok an literaly blocks away people have 5ft of water in their home https://t.co/nWkr2uAcaH
— action_jackson™ (@vjackkk) August 31, 2017
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.”
Alabama should be the pick whenever Jackson decides to announce his decision.
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