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 some of Alabama’s top targets in the 2018 and 2019 classes.
Academic concerns for 2 Alabama targets
Two of Alabama’s top targets in the 2018 class, 5-star Jack linebacker Eyabi Anoma and 4-star defensive tackle Christian Barmore, took official visits to Tuscaloosa this past weekend. The trips went very well. One source, who was in Tuscaloosa during the weekend, thinks both of them will end up committing to Alabama.
But there is some concern that they may not end up in crimson next season because both players have work to do in the classroom before they can enroll at whichever school they choose.
Anoma should be able to get his grades and test scores in check before he signs. As for Barmore, one source said that he has a lot of work to do before he can enroll in school and his eligibility is in serious doubt.
Alabama is still going to recruit both players and encourage them to complete their work. There’s usually at least one major commit or target who has serious grade issues. I remember when I was covering Raekwon Davis’ recruitment and it looked like there was almost no chance of him academically qualifying. He even signed with a junior college on Signing Day just in case he wasn’t able to qualify. Davis worked his butt off and eventually became eligible to enroll at Alabama.
Barmore has turned into one of the team’s top overall targets after dominating this fall. With this being a down year talent-wise at defensive tackle, it would certainly be a blow to the Tide if he can’t academically qualify.
2 expected official visitors don’t make the trip
Andres Fox, a 3-star defensive end from Mobile (Ala.) Christian High School, and 4-star cornerback Anthony Lytton from Upper Marlboro, Md., didn’t make it to Tuscaloosa this past weekend. Fox told SEC Country that he is rescheduling the trip to a later date. It’s not known whether Lytton will reschedule.
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Fox has been one of the team’s top defensive line targets in this class, but he was strongly connected to Jeremy Pruitt. With Pruitt now the coach at Tennessee, Fox’s committable offer may be off the table. Malik Langham, a 3-star defensive line prospect from Huntsville, Ala., added an offer from Alabama earlier this month. He looks like the more likely option for the Tide at this time.
Lytton hasn’t been a major cornerback target for Alabama. The Tide have three corners committed in Jalyn Armour-Davis, Nadab Joseph and Saivion Smith. Alabama remains in good shape to flip Miami corner commit Josh Jobe and remain in contention for 5-star prospects Isaac Taylor-Stuart and Tyson Campbell.
Is Alabama truly out of it for elite LB King Mwikuta?
King Mwikuta, one of the top linebackers in the 2019 class, tweeted on Sunday that he will commit to either Florida State, Georgia or Miami this Friday during a ceremony at 10 a.m. ET at his school.
Mwikuta, a 4-star prospect from Troup County High School (LaGrange, Ga.), has had Alabama as his leader for months until seemingly out of nowhere when he released his final 3 schools.
So, that begs the question, what exactly happened here? Well, according to a source close to Mwikuta’s recruitment, nothing.
This seems like a case of a recruit wanting to “surprise” people during his commitment ceremony because most in the recruiting industry have believed he’s an Alabama lean.
I still think Mwikuta is going to choose Alabama on Friday. Things can obviously change in a few days, but I’m still sticking with my pick of him choosing the Tide. If he commits to Alabama, Mwikuta is definitely going to be a leader of the 2019 class because he has one of the most exuberant personalities out of all the recruits I’ve interviewed.
RB target now visiting next weekend
Jerome Ford, Alabama’s top running back target in the 2018 class, was supposed to take an official visit to Tuscaloosa on Jan. 19, but he told SEC Country on Sunday night that he will now visit this coming weekend.
Ford said he’s still thinking about signing early. If he does, there’s no doubt in my mind that Ford will be part of the Crimson Tide’s class. What I think will happen is the Alabama staff gets Ford to commit this weekend and convinces him to sign during the early signing period. The staff wants the majority of its targets and commits to sign early.
Alabama is currently Ford’s leader.
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