Recruiting Reset: Offense

The Crimson Tide boasts the top recruiting class of 2015 on Scout.com right now, with 16 pledges already on board, but it is far from done in the cycle. BamaMag.com examines the status of the class on offense, with an in-depth look at commitments, targets and certain scenarios inside.

Quarterback 

Commitments - 0

Alabama is looking to ink its traditional passer, as it does in every class under Nick Saban. It once had the commitment of then Scout.com No. 1 option Ricky Town, who has since committed to local USC.

Targets

This ever-changing list has been whittled down quite a bit with a pair of runs on quarterbacks, beginning with Town's "flip." In all, nine passers with a verbal offer from UA have pledged to other programs, and only three still hold tenders. Dual-threat athletes Torrance Gibson and Kai Locksley have all but ruled out the Crimson Tide at this point, leaving only Travis Waller (pictured above) among true undeclared arms in the class with a verbal extension from Saban and company.

Beyond Waller, three-stars David Sills and Quinten Dormady are names to keep an eye on. Each visited UA this spring and gave rave reviews, and each is expected to camp this summer in hopes of snagging an offer from the staff. Sills has been committed to USC since middle school, a headline-making move that broke under current UA offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin's tenure with the Trojans. Should something fall through, in-state prospect Tyler Cameron could be the wildcard of the bunch, emerging as perhaps the state's top passer in the 2015 class. He is a lifelong Tide fan that will attempt to work for an offer at camp this summer as well, most likely the same one the aforementioned talents will partake in – which is an Alabama standard under Saban.

Scenarios to Watch

Oregon. It could be that simple for Alabama's QB recruiting in 2015. UO missed out on top dual-threat four-star Kyler Murray on Wednesday, as Texas A&M snagged the in-state legacy, so its next batch of offers and targets could affect UA's. The West Coast is where it's at for signal-callers in 2015, and the Crimson Tide has put in several offers west of the Rockies, where the Ducks will likely look for its 2015 pledge. Waller, Scout's No. 6 QB and a recent Tide offeree, may be the favorite among undeclared passers to snag that coveted Oregon offer. Should he, and it could be that much more difficult for the Tide to snag him in the end. He is set to visit Tuscaloosa this summer, however, and has dispelled rumors that the Ducks would be the team to beat for his signature should an offer come through. He's not close to making a decision either way, though he's an example of Kiffin's influence in UA's recruiting, and the top undeclared signal-caller in the country behind only Gibson.

Running Back 

Commitments - 1

Four-star Prichard (Ala.) Vigor running back DeSherrius Flowers has been pledged to UA since last April, and he remains as solid as it gets. He's added weight to his frame, now a powerful 6-foot-1, 210 pounds, and remains in high regard on Scout as the No. 6 tailback talent in America.

Targets

If quarterback was the ever-changing list, than running back targets have been the ever-consistent one. For seemingly over a year, it has been Flowers, five-star JUCO standout Jovon Robinson, in-state four-star Kerryon Johnson, and then every other prospect with interest after that. Even though both Robinson and Johnson have since committed to rival Auburn, one could make the case that the plan remains the same. UA is expected to host Robinson on an official visit as early as next month, and Johnson has never ruled out the possibility of taking multiple official visits despite his pledge.

After that top group, in-state prospects Nick Gibson and Bradrick Shaw come into the fold. Each has held a verbal offer from the Tide for months, and each often speaks highly of the program. Should the staff not feel as confident about flipping one of the AU commitments, it shouldn't surprise many to see either one of the two three-stars end up in the 2015 class. Gibson is closer to a decision, with a top three of Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi State, though he has admitted in the past that Alabama could be considered the team to beat.


Will UA ink an in-state back (Shaw pictured)?
Scenarios to Watch

Auburn. Its haul is as impressive at running back over the last two cycles as any programs' in America over the same span, but will it cause at least one of the prospects on board to back out? It's not the most likely scenario, but time and early departures for the NFL could become a late factor here, with TJ Yeldon and Kenyan Drake potentially bolting for the NFL after this fall. The X-factor, however, is that each prospect could enroll early at Auburn of which every school they end up at, so timing may not be in the Tide's favor in that regard. Either way, expect UA to take two backs in the class, perhaps one change-of-pace to Flowers' style if the flips and/or in-state scenario doesn't work out.

Wide Receiver 

Commitments - 2

Four-stars Daylon Charlot (Patterson, La.) and Calvin Ridley (Coconut Creek, Fla./Monarch) are both expected to begin their UA careers on offense, though Scout rates Ridley as the No. 7 cornerback talent in all the land. He has the ability to play each, as a vertical threat on offense and a long defender with ball skills otherwise. Charlot, a polished possession receiver with better speed than given credit for, felt so strongly about the Tide that he committed seconds after receiving his extension from Saban just days before national signing day 2014.

Targets

Should the Crimson Tide be able to hold onto each of the two projected wideouts it already has in the fold, the expectation is to add one more pass-catcher on the outside if the opportunity presents itself. This means one of the top prospects on the board will have to want to take the step towards pledging. Five-stars DaMarkus Lodge, George Campbell and four-stars Christian Kirk, Alex Ofodile and K.J. Hill -- all out-of-state targets – most likely make up that group. However, UA is not considered the favorite for either of the talents at this time. Kirk is expected to visit Tuscaloosa for the first time on Thursday.

Scenarios to Watch

Alabama. That's right, Ridley will be among the most pursued prospects in America despite his pledge, and Charlot could become that if LSU, Texas A&M and others ramp up their interest. It doesn't mean UA will lose one or both -- especially with Ridley's best bud Shawn Burgess-Becker also on the commitment list – but it is still the top scenario to keep an eye on. Charlot could have the type of senior season to elevate his status dramatically, which would only reemphasize the point. Otherwise, one the elite pass-catchers could surprise with a Tide pledge, but getting all of them on campus seems unlikely at this point. Kirk, Ofodile and Hill will have all been to Tuscaloosa by the weekend, though.

Wildcard Scenario: Jovon Durante. The West Virginia commitment visited Alabama for A-Day and reports surfaced that he committed, though he later denied them. UA has long liked his promise, but he still has considerable work to do off the field before inking with the Tide is a real possibility, though it's not impossible. He'll be a late prospect to watch as we monitor how he does this fall.

Tight End 

Commitments - 1

Alabama's most recent commitment is four-star Hale Hentges, a balanced weapon from Jefferson City (Mo.) Helias and Scout's No. 4 tight end talent. His pledge is as solid as it gets, as he told BamaMag that he does not plan on visiting other programs at this point.

Targets

UA has made it no secret that it plans on taking a pair of tight ends in the cycle, so Hentges' pledge should not affect many additional targets going forward. Fellow four-star Jackson Harris, who will visit Tuscaloosa in early June and plans to make a decision soon after, has already confirmed to Scout that the pledge doesn't impact his potential decision at all. Depending on Jackson's decision, Will Gragg is right there on this list as well. Another four-star, the Arkansas product has considerable family ties to his state's SEC institution though one could argue that his brothers weren't recruited as heavily as he is by the entire conference. Scout's No. 5 prospect at the position is expected to take multiple official visits and make a public declaration on November 18.

The clear top group is the Harris-Gragg one, but fellow four-stars like Devonaire Clarington and Chandler Cox are names to eye should something unforeseen happen within the position. Clarington has not talked about making a decision too soon while Cox, who has Alabama in his top three, could declare sooner rather than later. However, UA is looked to be trailing multiple SEC schools on his list despite him speaking highly of the program after a recent visit.


Harris could be the next domino to fall.
Scenarios to Watch

Jackson Harris. It could be that simple, as his impending decision could all-but close the door on the tight end class should he select UA, which wouldn't surprise many after the Tide has made up considerable ground on Georgia and in-state Tennessee for his services. Should he elect to play elsewhere, the door could be open for Gragg and the others, though the void won't be filled until the fall in all likeliness.

Offensive Line 

Commitments - 3

The Crimson Tide is building another top offensive line haul, with a trio of Scout guard projections ranking within the top 20 nationally already on the list. Each rated four stars, Richie Petitbon and Lester Cotton come in at No. 7 and No. 8, respectively, while familiar name Dallas Warmack is currently No. 19. The interesting fact about the group is that each could end up playing a different position at UA down the road. Warmack may be a center, Cotton could end up at right tackle, while Petitbon has the athleticism to perhaps play anywhere along the front.

Targets

Top targets may be a fluctuating topic for Alabama in 2015 among trench stars, especially with three prospects already on board, but one known fact is that tackle(s) will be the priority. Martez Ivey, a teammate and close friend of Cox, is the top player regardless of position on Scout. In-state Florida seems to be the early team to beat, though he's not expected to make a decision any time soon. He visited UA early in the spring, as have fellow tackle projections Drew Richmond and in-state talent Tyler Carr. Fellow four-star Matthew Burrell plans to be on campus in June, in what will be his first impression of Tuscaloosa. The Virginia prospect is close to 2014 UA signee Da'Shawn Hand and his workout camp, which includes defensive five-stars Ricky DeBerry and Tim Settle as well. Carr maintains a stand out group of UA, UGA and AU, where his father attended school, and Richmond has a deeper top group with Alabama right in the thick of the race for his commitment. Each aforementioned prospect is expected to take the process into the fall, though Carr's momentum may change that notion this summer.

Expect at least one of the four tackle projections to sign with Alabama, in addition to the three commitments on board and it wouldn't surprise if one additional and versatile prospect was added to the group later in the game. This could be a center projection like three-star James Daniels or rising Sunshine State prospects like Abdul Bello or Jalen Merrick.

Scenarios to Watch

Believe it or not, it's Warmack. The younger brother of Chance Warmack and easily the most familiar player on the commitment list with the program itself, he's been public about not only his plans to see several other SEC schools, but his worry of the depth chart and his projected position on campus. He last told BamaMag that the worry lessened after a spring trip to Tuscaloosa, but it has not fully died out and programs like Auburn, Georgia and South Carolina have ramped up their efforts to flip him. The other two verbals, Petitbon and Cotton, remain as solid as it gets and the tackle position is expected to be filled out with one or more of the top targets filled above, so Warmack's recruitment could provide the only remaining drama among offensive linemen.


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