Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Roll Tide-ings , a rundown of everything happening in Alabama Crimson Tide recruiting with Chris Kirschner. It’s Wednesday, and we’re talking the latest with one of Alabama’s top offensive targets.
Luke Ford has three on top in his recruitment
All it took was one visit for Luke Ford, a 4-star tight end from Carterville (Ill.) High School, to proclaim Alabama as his leader. Ford visited Tuscaloosa during the summer and immediately fell in love with the program.
The Class of 2018’s second-ranked tight end per the 247Sports composite would go on to tell SEC Country at The Opening Final in July that Alabama was still on top; however, there was doubt that the Crimson Tide could hold the lead considering his father’s comments about whether Alabama truly was on top.
“I don’t know if you should pay that much attention to what Luke is saying about that,” Tim Ford, Luke’s father, said in July. “I think it is a lot more Georgia than it is Alabama, and I don’t have any problem with saying that. We hear the other talk. We hear the dinner-table talk.”
Since those comments, Georgia landed a commitment from the nation’s No. 1 overall player, 5-star quarterback Justin Fields. Ford told SEC Country in July that he was going to follow Fields to whichever school he committed to. Does he still think that way?
While Alabama and Michigan may be tied with Georgia at the moment, those schools don’t have the nation’s best recruit texting him to come play with him.
“He’s been talking to me for a couple of weeks now,” Ford said about Fields. “He’s been like, ‘Hey, I want to play college football with you’ and ‘I want you to come with me’ and stuff, so he’s been in my ear. I mean Fields is an awesome guy and an amazing quarterback, and I love Fields.
“Who knows? I may have to go join him and Zeus [5-star running back Zamir White] there. I mean, there’s Zeus to Athens and then there is also the Fields to Athens stuff.”
Those comments certainly sting for Alabama. The Crimson Tide were in the mix to land Fields and White before they made their decisions. Missing out on them may also lead to Alabama missing out on Ford, who has been at the top of the tight end board since the summer.
But, Ford does have a close relationship with Alabama offensive coordinator Brian Daboll.
“I love Alabama,” Ford said. “Brian Daboll used to coach for the Patriots and they used tons of tight ends. … You know they are going to win national championships and are a great team.”
Daboll used to coach Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski when he was the position coach there before coming to Alabama. But Ford also knows that Michigan historically gets the ball to its tight ends more than either Alabama or Georgia.
“I love Coach [Jim] Harbaugh,” Ford said. “They use the tight ends like crazy. I have seen their three tight end sets on the field at multiple times. I love all the coaches there, as well. Michigan is also a really great school and who doesn’t love The Big House and their 115,000 fans?”
So, what’s going to separate these three schools from each other?
“I am going to have to see all of those schools for official visits and unofficial visits,” Ford said.
The 6-foot-6, 248-pound prospect hasn’t visited Tuscaloosa this fall. He’s also planning on taking his official visits after his senior season, so it will likely be a busy November and December for him.
Ford will either make his commitment at the U.S. Army All-American Game this January or wait it out until National Signing Day in February. Alabama’s chances of landing Ford have definitely decreased since the summer.
What to make of Tuesday’s DT offer
In case you missed it, Alabama offered Philadelphia defensive tackle Christian Barmore on Tuesday. Barmore has blown up on the recruiting trail in the past two weeks, as he has picked up offers from Florida, Georgia, LSU, Mississippi State and Pittsburgh.
This offer perhaps has to do with the fact that one of the team’s top targets, 4-star defensive tackle Coynis Miller, likely won’t choose Alabama this Saturday when he makes his commitment. Things are trending Auburn’s way. That leaves the Tide with Bobby Brown and Caleb Tremblay as its main DT targets. Brown makes his commitment on Nov. 2, while Tremblay hasn’t set a date just yet.
If Miller does choose Auburn on Saturday, from watching Barmore’s highlights, it doesn’t look like he’d be a bad consolation prize. This kid is legit. Check this out:
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