Busy week ahead for ‘Bama

Leading up to Alabama’s football camp in August, is a busy week for Nick Saban on the recruiting trail. Alabama is hosting blue-chip talents and targets are set to make commitments.

In a week, most of the Alabama football talk will shift to the current roster, but this week remains all about recruiting for Nick Saban and company. It has a battle on its hands with several programs for two Scout 300 prospects set to decide, it will host one of the top juniors in America as well as arguably its top remaining offensive target into the weekend.

Nearly each day of the week, at least in terms of what is known as of Monday morning, has an intriguing Alabama recruiting item attached to it.

Monday, July 28

Alabama is set to host the No. 29 overall junior in America and Scout four-star defensive end Prince Sammons. The Cincinnati (Ohio) Hills Christian Academy standout checks in at 6-foot-6 ½, 260 pounds, and has early offers from the SEC, ACC and Big Ten. The Crimson Tide has not yet verbally entered its name into the mix, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if it did by day’s end. Sammons is the No. 4 defensive end in the country in 2016.

Tuesday, July 29

It’s decision time for Ronnie Harrison (pictured above), the Scout 300 safety who is technically committed to North Carolina. However, he’s often talked about more recent surges and offers from Alabama and LSU. He has visited Tuscaloosa twice in the last two months, once for camp in which the offer was earned and a second time with his family in order for them to be able to experience the area for the first time. Harrison turned plenty of heads at LSU this past week, working out where Scout projects him, at safety. Up to the No. 16 safety in America, the 6-foot-2 1/2 , 205-pounder could be down to Carolina and Alabama, though a late push from local program Florida State could make things even more interesting for one of the hottest prospects in the country. Harrison, who will commit in the evening, plays quarterback at Florida State University High School in Tallahassee, Fla.

Wednesday, July 30

Another top junior to keep a close eye on is Shane Simmons, of Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic. The four-star defensive end is set to make an early commitment Wednesday between Maryland, Florida State, Penn State, Ohio State and Alabama. While the general feeling is that the national champs may be the only program able to beat out the local Terps, he did compete in Tuscaloosa at camp last month.

“Alabama is a great program and they have great coaching. I like all the coaches there, and they have tons of great talents come in there every year," Simmons told Scout’s Rachel Klein last week. "I have a good relationship with coach [Lance] Thompson, and I got to know him better working with him at camp. It is just an overall great place."

Friday, August 1

If Harrison’s recruitment has taken the biggest turn of late, fellow Scout 300 member Adonis Thomas’ may take the number two position. Florida has led for some time, but Alabama hosted the Lawrenceville (Ga.) Central Gwinnett four-star linebacker earlier this month and he called it his “best visit yet.” Saban was on the phone with Thomas on Sunday, as well, as he remains a clear priority for the 2015 class at this juncture. Around 6:30 p.m. EST Friday, one of the two SEC programs will add the 6-foot-3, 219-pounde to its commitment list.

Saturday, August 2

Alabama has a quartet of offensive linemen on its current commitment list for 2015, but neither of them are projected to play the tackle position by Scout. Lester Cotton could eventually see some time at the position in Tuscaloosa, but adding a projected tackle remains a priority for Saban’s staff. Arguably the top option at the position will take in Tuscaloosa once more on Saturday, as Drew Richmond makes one of his final visits of the summer. The four-star, ranked No. 151 overall, will take some official visits as well before making a commitment on September 9.

See Richmond in action earlier this month, at Nike’s The Opening, below:


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