Tide Recruiting Trend Meter: January 21

Alabama is going for another recruiting title on Scout and it currently holds the top spot in the 2015 rankings, though the class isn’t wrapped up just yet. As signing day draws closer, BamaMag.com updates members with the latest on each and every target with our Tide Trend Meter.

The All-American game circuit was once again good to Nick Saban and Alabama early this year, specifically the Under Armour event, where the coach added a pair of five-stars to his class of 2015 haul. Cornerback Kendall Sheffield and in-state defensive tackle Daron Payne brought Saban’s five-star number to five for the cycle. But could there be more on the way?

With considerable movement expected over the final two weeks of the cycle, with many big official visits remaining, BamaMag.com analyzes where each of Alabama’s remaining targets stand coming down the stretch.

NOTE: This feature will be updated periodically.

Offense 

TREND:

The Latest: Yes, Godwin has been committed to Georgia forever and yes, it is still the expected destination come February 4. However, he has been to Tuscaloosa countless times over the last two years and is expected to return for an official visit this coming weekend, likely his final trip of the recruiting process. The five-star two-way standout has seen all there is to see on Alabama’s campus, yet he continues to hear from Saban, Lane Kiffin and company. If something were to give, could this visit be the venue?

TREND:

The Latest: Davis has been seen by Kiffin on multiple occasions of late, and will make his first-ever trip to Tuscaloosa this coming weekend for an official visit. Like Godwin, he’s coming to the Capstone on the heels of his Auburn official visit, though one could make the argument that it’s Davis whose fielded more interest from Alabama since the dead period ended last week. The speedster fits the mold of what UA is looking for down the stretch, as a slot receiver and return-game candidate, though there is plenty of competition for his signature down the stretch. Kiffin locking down the official visit was big, as otherwise the Crimson Tide would have no shot here.

TREND:

The Latest: The former Alabama commitment could be the second Louisiana prospect in as many cycles to commit to the rival Crimson Tide, then de-commit, then re-commit just before things become official. Four-star safety Laurence Jones did it in 2014, with LSU of course as Alabama’s main competition. It’s much of the same for Charlot, though he publicly stated that UA led for his services earlier this month. That was before a weekend official visit to Tuscaloosa out of the dead period, in which his family joined him on the campus he admitted he missed upon arriving on Friday. As one may be able to tell, adding more than one wide receiver is a possibility for Saban and company down the stretch.

TREND:

The Latest: It may seem odd to have four wide receivers trending up for Alabama, but Hill was also on the big official visit weekend and he de-committed from Arkansas soon after seeing Tuscaloosa for 48 hours. While also potentially good news for Ohio State, Florida and Notre Dame, the Crimson Tide’s chances seemingly increased in the process of him opening things back up. Don’t sleep on the in-state Razorbacks getting him back on the commitment list once they hire new offensive assistants, though.

TREND:

The Latest: Cager is also coming off of an Alabama official visit, and he’s seemingly as high on the Crimson Tide as he was during the Army All-American Bowl week when he was convinced Alabama was the school for him. Of course, he picked Miami that week and remains a Hurricanes commitment coming out of the weekend, with a trip to Coral Gables on tap. More importantly, Cager’s parents accompanied him to Tuscaloosa for the first time, which they will duplicate at The U this weekend.

TREND:

The Latest: If wide receiver is the most interesting position Alabama is focusing on down the stretch, offensive tackle is No. 2 in that category and even higher in importance. The 2015 class still lacks a true left tackle prospect, though two have now been to Tuscaloosa for official visits. Prince’s trip was this past weekend, and his coach said Alabama was honest about the numbers situation to he and his visiting family. This, while Ohio State and Maryland will get him on campus officially over the final two weeks. It would be a stretch to think Prince ends up in Tuscaloosa.

TREND:

The Latest: The trend staying even for the four-star offensive lineman is actually a good thing, considering Alabama has been the front-runner in recent weeks. He officially visited LSU over the weekend and reconnected with old friend and fellow Nigerian Prince Tega Wanogho Jr., and talk of the two ending up at the same school has increased since. Unless the Tigers made a major move for Valentine-Okeke, it actually spells better news for both UA and Auburn. Of course, the Tide has yet to offer the four-star defensive end, who we’ll detail below. Before the Baton Rouge trip, Valentine-Okeke admitted it was an old-fashioned Iron Bowl battle for his signature.

TREND:

The Latest: Richmond was set to visit Tuscaloosa with many of the other targets over the weekend, but a family member’s passing altered his plans. The only window for the Ole Miss pledge to reschedule would be for the cycle’s final official visit weekend of January 30, and he hasn’t confirmed such plans just yet. He’ll be in Oxford this coming weekend, where Hugh Freeze and company are expected to put the clamps down. Could ‘Bama be looking at a Valentine-Okeke or bust scenario at offensive tackle?

TREND:

The Latest: Despite his father being one of Jim Harbaugh’s newest assistants at Michigan, the four-star two-way standout continues with his original plan to visit schools all over the country. Citing a meeting with Saban and southern hospitality, he said the visit will stay in his mind. UA, which would allow him to play either tight end or defensive end should he ink crimson, will have to hold off an initial trip to USC, an upcoming trip to Oregon and of course the Wolverines down the stretch. But as of this writing, it did all it could for New York’s No. 1 prospect.

Defense 

TREND:

The Latest: Once admitting Alabama was his leader, the late trends for Jefferson say otherwise. Will Muschamp’s move to Auburn had him on the Plains for an official visit last weekend, while listed leader Ole Miss may get him back on campus in between now and LOI day. Then there’s Florida, the school many pegged him at from the outset, the school he and his family most commonly cheer for located within an hour of his home. However, Jefferson hasn’t ruled out a late trip to Tuscaloosa or Baton Rouge. Until then, it seems like a 5-star miss for the SEC champs.

TREND:

The Latest: Cowart is Jefferson’s running mate, and he was also at Auburn this past weekend in what could be shaping up as an AU-UF battle. Florida State remains in the thick of it, and Cowart recently said he already knows where he’s headed. It’s a far cry from mid-October, when he officially visited Tuscaloosa and had some feeling like Alabama was the team to beat. An interesting story to follow, perhaps a final lifeline for UA, is Ryan Davis. The Tampa-area wide receiver, detailed above, is close friends with Cowart and there’s talk of the five-star tagging along with the speedster for his upcoming Alabama official visit. The close friends have also expressed a desire to play together at the next level.

TREND:

The Latest: America’s most intriguing recruit made headlines again on Tuesday night, but not the ones we've come accustomed to. While playing in a basketball game for Edgewood Academy, he was rolled up on and broke his leg in the first quarter. Set for surgery Wednesday morning, his coach did confirm that it was a clean break and that he could be back on the field early in the summer. When the news broke, every coaching staff involved with his recruitment re-affirmed their offer to his camp, though it’s unclear what the situation will do to his visit itinerary. Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart was scheduled to visit with Wanogho on Thursday, and the thought was that UA would push for an official visit. Despite it being one of the few programs not to offer, the Crimson Tide would have seen him twice in one week, with an offer expected by Saban once the two meet in person.

TREND:

The Latest: Boyd re-shuffled his final four and Alabama was the only non-Texas school to make the cut. With a visit scheduled elsewhere this coming weekend, the only window remaining for the four-star to make it to Tuscaloosa before pen meets paper would be the weekend of January 30. With seven defensive backs currently committed, it’s looking like Boyd could be the prospect Alabama moves “all in” with should one of the verbals at the position like Montrell Custis, Rico McGraw or Minkah Fitzpatrick end up elsewhere.

TREND:

The Latest: Much like Boyd above, Hill is considering the in-state schools and then the Crimson Tide. The difference is that he actually has a scheduled visit to Tuscaloosa, set for that same final weekend of the cycle. There’s talk of the Texan “shaking things up” with his final decision, and while he’s not expected to leave the state, rounding out Alabama’s class would do just that.


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