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 the nation’s No. 1 inside linebacker.
Nakobe Dean high on Alabama
Alabama failed to sign an elite inside linebacker in the 2018 class. The Crimson Tide signed 3-star prospect Jaylen Moody after it was clear Vernon Jackson, JJ Peterson and Quay Walker were going to sign elsewhere.
Moody was definitely a backup option for Alabama. He was offered by the Crimson Tide during the final week leading up to National Signing Day. Signing several inside linebackers in the 2019 class is going to be important for the Tide.
Nakobe Dean is one of the top targets for Alabama. Dean, a 5-star prospect from Horn Lake (Miss.) High School, told SEC Country that if he had to make a top 5 list, Alabama and LSU would be two schools that would be on the list.
“They’re the top 2 recruiting me harder compared to the other schools,” Dean said. “I definitely get a family feel every time I go there.”
Dean has visited Tuscaloosa several times already. On his most recent visit to Tuscaloosa earlier this month, Dean had a chance to talk with the head of the engineering department.
It was a brilliant recruiting tactic for Alabama to deploy because the biggest thing he’s looking for in a school is education.
“I’m always big on education and whether they have my major,” said Dean, who is considering a future in sports medicine and engineering. “Also, it’s how they make me feel. If I feel like home, then I love it. That’s going to be big.”
The nation’s No. 1 inside linebacker said he’s in touch with Alabama every single week. Dean said he feels like he has a strong relationship with the Tide staff.
Dean will sign with his school of choice during the early signing period and enroll at whichever college he chooses in January.
Alabama needs to worry about Auburn for current commit?
Brandon Turnage, a 4-star athlete from Lafayette High School (Oxford, Miss.), committed to Alabama back in December. Alabama was not the school Turnage grew up wanting to represent. That school would be Auburn.
Turnage visited Auburn earlier this month.
“You know, I grew up an Auburn fan. It’s always been my dream to visit,” Turnage told SEC Country’s Benjamin Wolk. “I’m interested. I’m considering them, I’d have to say.”
If there’s a school that can flip Turnage, there’s a clear front-runner.
“Probably Auburn,” he said. “With the coaching staff, you can tell there’s a bond, a family.”
That’s the thing about early commitments. Nowadays, it seems rare that the guys who commit more than a year out from National Signing Day actually ending up signing with that program. Turnage’s recruitment doesn’t seem over.
Alabama offers North Carolina QB
Alabama offered Sam Howell, a 4-star prospect from Sun Valley High School (Monroe, N.C.), on Wednesday night. Howell passed for 3,400 yards and 34 touchdowns last season. He also ran for 1,600 yards and had 24 rushing touchdowns.
The nation’s No. 4 pro-style quarterback hasn’t visited Tuscaloosa yet.
Some fans may question why Alabama is offering other quarterbacks when there are two elite prospects in the state of Alabama in 4-star prospects Paul Tyson and Taulia Tagovailoa. Well, this is Alabama doing its due diligence. The Crimson Tide always host several quarterbacks during the summer for camp, and I expect them to do it again in a few months.
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