Alabama recruiting mailbag: Who this year’s Najee Harris may be, 5-star CB update and the race for No. 1

Have Alabama football recruiting questions? We have the answers. Join us every Wednesday for the SEC Country Alabama recruiting mailbag to discuss Crimson Tide recruiting.  This week, we discuss who the next Najee Harris may be, the Tide’s chances with a 5-star cornerback and more. 

Let’s get to your questions.

Who is this year’s Najee Harris going to be?

From @laquon1

I have to say, when Najee Harris enrolled at Alabama, I think every recruiting reporter who covered him let out a collective sigh of relief.

It wasn’t that Harris was a bad kid — he’s far from it. It was just that toward the end of his recruitment, it got very silly. I mean, it got to the point where we had to report which flight he was going to be on when he left San Antonio after the Army Bowl.

For those who didn’t follow Harris’ recruitment closely, to recap quickly: Harris had been committed to Alabama since his sophomore year. He started to like Michigan during his senior year. He took a couple of visits to Ann Arbor and Michigan reporters started to write stories about how the Wolverines staff was confident it could flip him. Fast forward to January and one reporter, who is no longer on the Michigan beat, told me that Harris even had a student ID waiting for him at the school.

I was told in December that once Tosh Lupoi visited Harris and his mother for Alabama’s in-home visit, it was over at that point. But his recruitment got silly because Harris didn’t like talking about it, and there was so much misinformation out there. Harris didn’t help out because he declined nearly every interview during the Army Bowl week, and it was unclear what Harris was going to do when the week was over because he was an early enrollee. He was either going to fly to Birmingham or Detroit.

It was funny because during that week, Tua Tagovailoa pretty much became Harris’ public-relations rep. Everyone was asking Tagovailoa questions about Harris because the two were rooming together. Tagovailoa said throughout the week that he believed Harris was going to be on the same flight with him to Birmingham. It turns out Tagovailoa was right. The two are now roommates in Tuscaloosa.

Every year it seems like there’s always a handful of elite recruits who do what they can to avoid the media at all costs or spew out misinformation to create headlines. My top picks for who could be this year’s unofficial Najee Harris award are: 5-star defensive end Micah Parsons, 5-star offensive tackle Jackson Carman, 4-star running back Harold Joiner and 4-star wide receiver Jacob Copeland.

Parsons and Carman make this list due to them being very opinionated on Twitter and pretty reserved when it comes to giving out interviews. Both of them have already been involved in controversies for their opinions.

Joiner is just a wild interview because he has told me on multiple occasions how he has no intentions of committing to Alabama ever, yet he’s continued to visit Tuscaloosa.

Copeland loves the attention the recruiting process brings and he’s continued to flirt with Alabama despite his commitment to Florida. It wouldn’t surprise me to see some outlandish headlines over these next few months concerning him.

How likely of a chance do you think Alabama has with Patrick Surtain Jr.?

From @OneOneSix_116_

The good thing with Patrick Surtain Jr. is that the nation’s No. 1 cornerback isn’t planning on making his commitment until National Signing Day. Alabama still has some ground to make up with the 5-star prospect.

Right now, Alabama likely trails LSU, his longtime leader, Florida and Florida State. The good news for the Crimson Tide is that all three of those teams are a mess this year and will likely continue to struggle as the season continues. That will only help Alabama because the Tide should be undefeated in the regular season.

With cornerback being such a major need in this class, perhaps Alabama can gain significant ground in the coming months.

It seems unlikely we’ll get to No. 1 by February’s National Signing Day, but where do you predict Bama will finish?

From @BillRasure

Alabama is currently ranked No. 23 in the country, and that’s with only 11 commitments. The Tide are ranked sixth in terms of average star ranking, so this is already an elite class as is.

The majority of the team’s targets remain uncommitted, so there’s really no reason for fans to start panicking just yet. This is Alabama we are talking about, you know, the team that has signed seven consecutive No. 1 recruiting classes.

I do agree, Bill, that the No. 1 ranking seems out of reach this year. I think Ohio State has that locked up. I expect Alabama to finish in the top 5 come signing day.

What’s the confidence level surrounding the commitment of both Coynis Miller and Bobby Brown?

From @hackzubbard

There’s not a lot of confidence Alabama will land 4-star defensive tackle Coynis Miller this Saturday when he makes his commitment. Miller is down to Alabama, Auburn and Florida. As of a few weeks ago, he was telling the media that Alabama was third on his list behind Florida, his leader, and Auburn.

I do not think he’s going to choose Florida. I think it’s going to be Auburn on Saturday. The Tide will continue to recruit Miller until he signs because of their need of defensive tackles.

As far as Bobby Brown, the 4-star defensive tackle from Texas, I still like Alabama’s chances here. Alabama was the behind-the-scenes favorite for Brown over the summer, and the lead the Tide had was big. There’s still confidence on Alabama’s side despite several reporters thinking Brown will commit to Texas A&M on Nov. 2.

Brown will be on campus next weekend for an official visit when Alabama hosts Tennessee.

Have a question about Alabama recruiting?  Tweet me @ChrisKirschner, and we’ll try to answer it in a future mailbag.

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