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 one of Alabama’s top cornerback targets.
Former LSU commit Nadab Joseph impressed by Alabama’s opener
Nadab Joseph, a 4-star cornerback from Miami Norland High School (Miami Gardens, Fla.), was one of the numerous elite recruits who visited Atlanta for Alabama’s season opener against Florida State. He also is one of several prospects who are strongly considering both schools.
Ever since Joseph de-committed from LSU a month ago, Alabama has been viewed as the favorite to land his next commitment. The Crimson Tide’s performance inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium impressed the elite recruit.
“From the beginning to the end, man, that game was lit,” Joseph said. “Alabama is definitely in a good position with me.”
Joseph, who’s one of Alabama’s top cornerback targets in the 2018 class, took a surprise visit to Tuscaloosa in July. It was his second trip to Alabama in as many months.
One interesting factor for Alabama’s chances with Joseph is the fact that his legal guardian is one of Tide safety Ronnie Harrison’s cousins. Harrison and Joseph have a very strong bond. When Joseph visited last week, he spent a lot of time with Harrison. He’s also close with Deionte Thompson.
But, the nation’s No. 21 cornerback isn’t saying Alabama is on top right now.
“Right now, it’s really a three-way tie between Alabama, LSU and Georgia,” Joseph said. “I just want to wait until I get on each school’s campus for my official visit.”
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound prospect has two of those official visits set. He’ll return to Tuscaloosa when Alabama hosts LSU on Nov. 4 and travel to Tallahassee on Sept. 16 when Florida State plays Miami. Joseph said he will lock in official visit dates to LSU and UGA later this week.
With Alabama desperately needing some corners this year as Tony Brown, Levi Wallace and Anthony Averett will exhaust their eligibility and Minkah Fitzpatrick is a likely candidate to declare for the NFL draft, the Tide need several corners to step in right away.
Joseph, along with Tyson Campbell, Patrick Surtain Jr., Josh Jobe, Kyler McMichael and Alabama cornerback commit Jalyn Armour-Davis, are the top targets.
“Coach [Nick] Saban and [defensive backs] coach [Derrick] Ansley talked to me about that a lot,” Joseph told SEC Country. “We went over the depth chart and they told me I’m one of the best they’ve seen and that I can definitely come in and compete to play early. It definitely gives me something to think about.”
Quick note on another Alabama-FSU visitor
Pierce Quick, a 2019 4-star Alabama offensive tackle commit from Hewitt-Trussville High School (Trussville, Ala.), has quickly turned into one of the Tide’s best ace peer recruiters in recent memory. Quick was back at it this past Saturday.
Sitting next to Quick at the game was 4-star running back Harold Joiner from Mountain Brook (Ala.) High School. Joiner now is Alabama’s top running back target after Asa Martin’s commitment to Auburn earlier this month.
Joiner recently said that he’s down to LSU and Michigan State, but that really doesn’t matter. He has changed his mind so many times on the schools he’s considering that what he says and what he does are two totally different things.
After talking to Joiner all game this past Saturday, Quick gave his thoughts on where he thinks Alabama stands with the in-state prospect.
“I talked and sat by Harold the whole game and we’ve gained a ton of ground on him,” Quick told SEC Country. “From what I’ve seen, his mind changes a lot, but I definitely wouldn’t throw ‘Bama out of the equation.”
Joiner has told SEC Country before that there’s no chance he commits to Alabama because of the team’s depth at running back, but, again, what he says and does are two different things.
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