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Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell writes that it is "ridiculous" to be concerned about Alabama's slow recruiting start to the 2018 cycle.

After four-star RB Dameon Pierce decommitted from Alabama last week, the Tide were left with just two pledges for the 2018 cycle. And Farrell is not worried. At all. Wrote the analyst, "If Alabama is at two commitments right now it’s because Saban wants them at two commitments and it wouldn’t surprise me to see this 2018 ‘Bama class land five or six five-star prospects before all is said and done – as usual." Farrell explained that he simply does not worry about the recruiting practices of Alabama and Ohio State, calling respective head coaches Nick Saban and Urban Meyer the "two best head coaching recruiters [he] [has] ever covered."
Source: Rivals
May 23 - 8:34 PM

Alabama four-star 2019 verbal T commit Pierce Quick was named offensive line MVP at the Rivals 3 Stripe Camp in St. Louis.

"Quick was very impressive and he continues to makes leaps and bounds in his development as a pass blocker," wrote Rivals analysts Rob Cassidy and Woody Wommack. "In addition to winning offensive line MVP honors, Quick also earned an invitation to the Five-Star Challenge." While the major recruiting outlets have yet to release their 2019 rankings, the 6-foot-5, 270-pound native of Trussville, Alabama, figures to land solidly when the time comes.
Source: Rivals
May 22 - 3:01 PM

With four-star 2018 RB Dameon Pierce backing off his commitment to Alabama, the Crimson Tide have just two commitments for the cycle.

Needless to say, this is somewhat strange, even with the summer still ahead of us. Alabama's lack of commitments had them sliding out of ESPN top-25 team rankings for the first time since they started ranking recruiting classes, while over at Rivals, the Tide sit at lowly No. 54. Among the teams ranked ahead of them, the likes of Vanderbilt, SMU and Arizona (and many, many others). We expect Alabama to house a top-10 (and probably a top-5) class when all is said and done, but they have to get on their horse, here.
Source: ESPN.com
May 19 - 3:27 PM

SEC Country's Oliver Connolly called Alabama freshman WR Jerry Jeudy "a height-weight-speed freak who can stretch the field (in the mold of Amari Cooper and Julio Jones)."

Jeudy is among a handful of the most hyped-up offensive recruits in the 2017 recruiting cycle. Connolly believes that the 6-foot-2, 175-pounder "must learn the nuances of the position: creating initial separation, playing with rhythm, and creating throwing windows" before adding that "for now, he can coast by on his frame, speed and natural ability to pluck the ball out of the air." Jeudy first opened eyes at the collegiate level when he was named MVP of Alabama's spring game on the strength of a 5-134-2 receiving line.
Source: SEC Country
May 18 - 7:56 PM

ESPN's Edward Aschoff reports that Alabama redshirt senior WR Robert Foster "is starting to show more flashes of ... potential."

The redshirt senior reportedly considered transferring after the Crimson Tide's loss to Clemson in the title game. Foster was coming off three seasons in which he collectively caught just 21 balls for 205 yards and two touchdowns, though he was the go-to receiver at the start of the 2015 campaign before a shoulder injury ended his year in the third game. Foster recently caught two passes for 115 yards in Alabama's spring game.
Source: ESPN
May 17 - 12:40 PM

FAU HC Lane Kiffin said that Alabama freshman QB Tua Tagovailoa reminds him of Steve Young.

"Best comparison I think would probably be, watching him in high school, probably Steve Young. A kind of smooth release like that. Not super fast, but really quick feet and a really quick release," said Kiffin, who was serving as offensive coordinator at Alabama when Tagovailoa committed to the Crimson Tide. When 102.9 FM's Ryan Fowler asked Kiffin if he thought that the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder would play as a freshman, he responded, "I would sure think so. I mean you guys saw him at spring game (when he threw for 313 yards and three touchdowns). He’s a special talent." While Kiffin believes that Tua will see the field this coming season, he did not go so far as to say that he would supplant sophomore QB Jalen Hurts as starter in 2017. We don't see that happening, either.
Source: SEC Country
May 16 - 8:01 PM

Alabama head coach Nick Saban backs the current proposal to alter the redshirt rule so redshirt players can participate in up to four games in a season.

"It would actually enhance their development to some degree," Saban said, for players both redshirted and not. ESPn's Edward Aschoff notes this could help players who see action for four games then suffer season-ending injuries, as it would allow them to obtain a medical redshirt. "You should be able to do that," Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen said. "I'm definitely in favor of that." We see the rule being put into action in one of two ways: one, teams saving top recruits for bowl games after early season injuries, or two, allowing them to get game action against cupcakes.
Source: ESPN
May 16 - 10:58 AM

Alabama freshman QB Tua Tagovailoa completed 17-of-29 passes for 313 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception in the spring game.

Tagovailoa has close to no chance of unseating Jalen Hurts as starter this summer, but if he keeps playing like this, he may force the coaching staff to shelve redshirt ideas and figure out ways to get him onto the field in sub-packages. The true freshman lit up high-level Alabama defensive prospects to all levels of the field in his first taste of the bright lights. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Tagovailoa was a top-50 overall prospect in this past class.
May 15 - 3:28 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Alabama junior S Ronnie Harrison No. 13 on his 2018 big board.

"Harrison ... [is] aggressive and loves to hit. ... [He] can cover, too," Kiper wrote. Last season, Harrison notched 83 tackles, 1.5 TFL, two interceptions (one of which he returned for a touchdown at Tennessee) and seven passes defended. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom projected the Dolphins to select Harrison at No. 14 overall in a recent 2018 mock draft, writing that the 6-foot-3, 216-pounder is "a big-hitter with plus-range."
Source: ESPN
May 15 - 12:43 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Alabama junior DB Minkah Fitzpatrick No. 2 overall on his first 2018 big board.

"There is some projection here because Fitzpatrick (6-1, 195) has played both corner and safety and appears likely to stick at safety in 2017. But the versatility is a plus, and he could be really good at either spot," Kiper wrote. Over the past two seasons, Fitzpatrick has eight interceptions and four pick-sixes. "I also like that Fitzpatrick will get after it on special teams," Kiper wrote of a player who logged 11 special-teams tackles last year. The 6-foot-1, 201-pound Fitzpatrick ran a 4.44-second 40-yard dash this spring. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom slotted Fitzpatrick No. 5 to the Bears in a recent 2018 mock draft.
Source: ESPN
May 11 - 2:51 PM

Alabama sophomore RB B.J. Emmons gained 27 pounds since his freshman season and now weighs 237 pounds with eight percent body fat.

Emmons weighed 232 pounds as a high schooler but dropped weight prior to his first season with the Crimson Tide. According to beat writer Matt Zenitz Emmons dealt with a "Lisfranc fracture in his foot that ended his year and required two surgeries." All signs point to Emmons not being limited when preseason practice opens, and he will compete for a spot in the running back rotation behind starter Bo Scarbrough.
Source: AL.com
May 11 - 9:07 AM

The American Football Coaches Association sent a proposal to the NCAA to allow players with a redshirt to participate in bowl games.

Specifically the proposal states "up to four games of a season," be the purpose can be whittled down to bowl games. According to an AFCA executive, the new rule "might legitimize some of those bowl games and make them more interesting." Expect bowl games to be discussed all summer, with both Christian McCaffrey and Leonard Fournette landing in the top 10 despite skipping theirs. The door has been opened, and other top prospects will surely follow their lead.
Source: Fox Sports
May 9 - 11:25 AM

The Collegiate Commissioners Association approved the new early signing period.

A formality after an NCAA panel signed off on the idea in April, the early signing period officially goes into effect this year, with the class of 2018 recruits the first to be given the option of using it. The new signing period will last three days between Dec. 20-22. Recruits can either sign then -- a binding agreement -- or wait until the normal signing period, which starts on the first Wednesday of February and runs through April 1. "Yeah, I think that’s a great idea, especially, it’s kind of my situation, that’s why this process is taking so long to make sure I have the right decision," five-star 2018 DE KJ Henry, who plans to enroll early, told SB Nation. "So once I make that decision, I’ll be ready to sign right then and there, and I think it’s a good opportunity to do so."
Source: SB Nation
May 8 - 5:57 PM

Alabama sophomore CB Aaron Robinson will not require surgery for the leg injury he sustained in the team's spring game.

Robinson was injured while making a tackle in the third quarter. He was subsequently spotted on crutches, but there would appear to be no long-term concern, here. The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder worked mostly as a special-teamer during his true freshman season in 2016. During that recruiting cycle, ESPN actually viewed him as having more polish as an offensive contributor, but Alabama is looking to mold him into a secondary piece.
Source: AL.com
May 7 - 3:22 PM

FOX Sports' Chris Spielman said of Alabama's recent injury history with draft prospects, "Nick Saban's job is not to protect guys for the NFL."

Jonathan Allen and Reuben Foster both exited Alabama with medical concerns before landing in the first round of last weekend's draft, but Spielman dismissed the notion that Saban needs to begin coddling his players more. Said the analyst, "If you know you're going to draft an Alabama kid, you're going to get a tough kid, you're going to get a kid that understands how to take tough coaching, and you're going to get a kid that knows how to win." Former Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik is of that same mind, saying, "These kids are built."
Source: AL.com
May 7 - 2:10 PM


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