Examining Alabama’s options ahead of bad news likely to come Saturday

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 Alabama’s defensive tackle targets in the 2018 class. 

Coynis Miller almost assuredly not choosing Alabama

Coynis Miller has been a major Alabama target for about a year now. The in-state defensive tackle grew up a Crimson Tide fan, but it doesn’t look like that will be enough to land his commitment this Saturday.

Miller hasn’t been in SEC Country’s mock signing class since August. He had made comments around that time about Auburn and Florida being ahead of Alabama, and after digging around at the time of his remarks, it turned out to be true.

It’s surprising because defensive tackle is one of Alabama’s biggest needs in this class, and early playing time is definitely obtainable next season.

Even though Florida is Miller’s public leader, expect him to commit to Auburn this Saturday. Here’s what SEC Country’s Auburn recruiting reporter Ben Wolk had to say about Miller’s upcoming decision:

“Relationships are everything in recruiting, and at Auburn, Coynis Miller has many. It started with the Tigers being the first Power 5 team to offer back in June of 2016 when Auburn defensive line coach Rodney Garner was recruiting now-Tigers defensive lineman T.D. Moultry. As other programs have caught on, Garner and Auburn have always been there. Garner is one of the most proven closers on the recruiting trail, and he’s never an easy position coach to turn down — especially for someone like Miller, who has been so close to Garner for two full recruiting cycles.

“On top of that, Miller’s former high school teammate, Moultry, ended up at Auburn. Moultry isn’t the type to tell Miller what’s in his own best interests, but the connection won’t hurt. Neither will the fact Miller’s high school coach Tim Vakakes — someone Miller respects and trusts dearly — is an Auburn grad. Last but not least, Miller has a long-standing friendship with Auburn running back commit Asa Martin dating back to his time in Decatur, Ala., before moving to Birmingham, and Miller seems to like the Tigers’ chances of landing their top defensive prospect remaining. In the end, Miller’s many connections to Auburn will be too tough to overlook.”

Where Alabama turns after Saturday

The Crimson Tide will continue recruiting Miller after his decision, and the 4-star prospect did say that he still plans on taking visits to other schools after his commitment, so Alabama will still have a chance to sign him — albeit a small one.

With Miller likely Auburn bound, here are other DTs to keep an eye on:

Bobby Brown, 4-star prospect, Arlington, Texas

Brown is Alabama’s top defensive tackle target in the 2018 class. He visited Tuscaloosa over the summer, and Brown strongly hinted to SEC Country at the time that the Crimson Tide was his top team.

Brown hasn’t returned to Tuscaloosa since the summer, and that has allowed schools such as Texas A&M, Texas and Oklahoma to make up ground. He will return to Alabama next weekend for the team’s game against Tennessee. I fully expect the coaching staff to put the full-court press on Brown that weekend ahead of his Nov. 2 commitment date.

Caleb Tremblay, 4-star JUCO prospect, Sacramento, Calif. 

Tremblay emerged as a main target for the Tide over the summer when he balled out at one of the team’s OL/DL camps. He is planning on taking an official visit to Tuscaloosa on Dec. 15. It’s the only visit he has set right now.

That’s an important date to be aware of because the signing period is on Dec. 20. I expect Tremblay to choose Alabama when he commits.

Robert Cooper, 4-star prospect, Snellville, Ga.

Cooper is committed to Florida State, but he recently told SEC Country that he’s also considering Alabama and Georgia. There have been some rumblings that he may reopen his recruitment soon.

Keondre Coburn, 4-star prospect, Houston

Coburn visited Tuscaloosa back in late July but decided to commit to Texas just a few weeks later. He has maintained communication with the Alabama staff and will return to campus on Nov. 4 for an official visit.

Greg Emerson, 4-star prospect, Jackson, Tenn. 

Don’t be surprised to see the Tennessee commit take an official visit next weekend for the Tide’s game against the Volunteers. There was some interest on Alabama’s end before he committed to Tennessee in July, but the coaching staff wasn’t strongly pursuing him.

I fully expect Tennessee to get blown out next weekend in what could possibly be Butch Jones’ last game as the Vols’ coach. That could open up the door for ‘Bama if it goes for the flip with Emerson.

Christian Barmore, 3-star prospect, Philadelphia 

There may not be a hotter 2018 prospect than Barmore. He has received offers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU and Mississippi State in the past two weeks. After watching his film, I’m shocked that this kid wasn’t on major schools’ radar a long time ago.

The former Temple commit plans on taking an official visit to Tuscaloosa at some point. He is one to closely watch.

Jalen Cunningham, 3-star prospect, Odenville, Ala.

Cunningham wants to commit to Alabama, but he’s still waiting on receiving a committable offer. If he gets one — and it’s possible if the Tide strike out on Miller and Brown — he will be a part of this class.

Jeffery Johnson, 3-star prospect, Brookhaven, Miss. 

Johnson told me recently that his top 3 consists of Alabama, Florida State and Ole Miss. His likely landing spot is Ole Miss, but, like Cunningham, that will likely change if the Alabama staff extends a committable offer.

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