Alabama finished seventh in the recruiting rankings in the 2018 class, but expect the Crimson Tide to be back on top come 2019. SEC Country’s Chris Kirschner will answer the Recruiting Question of the Day each weekday. You can ask him your questions on Twitter or on Facebook. Find our previous questions and answers here.
What are the options at RB with 2019 class? Is Bama seeking 1 or 2 and do you think Trey Sanders is likely to come back to the class?
Alabama signed one running back in the 2018 class: 4-star prospect Jerome Ford. The Crimson Tide will lose Damien Harris after this season. When the 2019 running back(s) get to campus, Josh Jacobs will be a senior, Najee Harris and Brian Robinson will be juniors and Ford likely will be a redshirt freshman.
I expect Alabama to sign two running backs in the 2019 class. More names will emerge over the next few months, but these prospects currently are the team’s top targets.
Trey Sanders, 5-star RB, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Trey Sanders committed to Alabama as a sophomore and de-committed from the Crimson Tide last month. Sanders told SEC Country that Alabama is his leader.
“I only get this chance one time to get recruited in high school,” Sanders said. “It’s a one-time thing. I’m going to take my time and enjoy the process.
“I was thinking about it for a while and me and my family got together to talk about it. We decided that it would be best for me to open my recruitment back up.”
So Sanders de-committed from Alabama because he wants to enjoy his recruitment as an uncommitted player. It’s not common for a player to re-commit to a school, so we’ll see what happens with Sanders over the next few months. He has visited Tuscaloosa several times.
Quavaris Crouch, 5-star RB, Harding University (Charlotte, N.C.)
Quavaris Crouch is built like an Alabama running back. He’s 6-foot-2 and weighs more than 220 pounds. Crouch rushed for 3,246 yards 33 touchdowns during his junior season to go with 51 tackles and 14 sacks on defense.
He’s a giant priority for the Tide, and he’s already visited Tuscaloosa.
Tyrion Davis, 4-star RB, Southern Lab (Baton Rouge, La.) — committed to LSU
Tyrion Davis recently told SEC Country that Alabama is his No. 2 school. Could an underwhelming season at LSU be enough to change his mind? He’s a former teammate of sophomore linebacker Chris Allen, but current teammate Kardell Thomas, a 5-star guard, is committed to LSU and locked in with the Tigers.
Thomas and Davis are very close and have expressed their desire to play together at the next level. Davis has said that competition doesn’t scare him one bit, and said he wouldn’t have minded being committed to Alabama with Trey Sanders there.
John Emery Jr., 4-star RB, Destrehan (La.)
John Emery received an offer from Alabama fewer than two weeks ago. Not much is known about his interest in Alabama, but he’s a major target for LSU, too.
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