Trio of 5-stars headline ‘Bama OV weekend

Alabama is looking to close out another top-ranked class on Scout with less than two weeks until national signing day, with another big group of official visitors slated to be in Tuscaloosa this weekend. BamaMag previews each inside.

The following list, accurate as of Friday afternoon, is subject to change.

The Latest: Alabama’s highest-ranked commitment at No. 9 overall on Scout, Sheffield picked the Crimson Tide on January 2. It was a decision he said had been made since early in the fall, becoming another Texan five-star to bolt the state for ‘Bama and the third in as many cycles Bama (A’Shawn Robinson in 2013, Tony Brown 2014). The official visit to Tuscaloosa is likely to include some time with the track and field staff, as the speedster will be looking to participate in both sports beginning this summer.

The Latest: Ridley has been quiet since the fall, even during an official visit to Florida State, but Alabama has been in the driver’s season since his commitment on April 19. Despite sitting out most of his senior season due to the age threshold rule in the state of Florida, Ridley held onto his five-star ranking in the final Scout tally with a solid performance at the Under Armour All-America week. A priority throughout the process, the visit will likely wrap-up his recruitment.

The Latest: A long-time Georgia commitment, Godwin has frequented Tuscaloosa as much as any school on his list, including the in-state Bulldogs. While it would still be considered a surprise if he ended up anywhere but Athens, the two-way star is discussing making a “final” decision near national signing day. Alabama, his fourth official visit, is the program that hosts him last before said decision. Godwin plans on using next weekend to help evaluate all of his options.

The Latest: Local pledge Lester Cotton has been rock-solid since making his commitment, as he’s always envisioned himself staying home and suiting up for the Crimson Tide. The official visit is just a formality at this point, but getting the top-five prospect at his position on campus one more time before things become official can’t hurt.

The Latest: With his area-recruiter now at Auburn in Lance Thompson, getting Petitbon back on campus is big in securing his signature. Of course, Nick Saban and Mario Cristobal were in the mid-Atlantic this week and the top prospect in Washington, D.C. hasn’t publicly wavered on his Alabama commitment, but the trip with fellow Under Armour All-America selection Cotton will help the cause. Cotton and Petitbon are the No. 3 and No. 4 guards in the class of 2015.

The Latest: Despite plenty of late pushed from in-state Missouri, which included Gary Pinkel hiring his high school head coach, Hentges maintains his solidity to the Crimson Tide. He informed BamaMag mid-week that he was still going to take the UA official visit and that he didn’t have any additional trips planned. Expect Alabama to try and maintain that statement as a true one after 48 hours on campus this weekend.

The Latest: After an official visit to Louisville last weekend, Brown sat down with Saban and Kirby Smart this week and re-affirmed his commitment to the Crimson Tide. Always expected to be in the class, the four-star has been one of the banner recruiters for Alabama for the better part of two years despite continuing to take visits elsewhere. This weekend’s time in Tuscaloosa is likely to be Brown’s final official visit of the process.

The Latest: Solid to the Crimson Tide throughout the process, Anderson hasn’t taken a recruiting visit -- official or otherwise -- to any other campus since pulling the trigger for in-state Alabama in late May. Even with his position coach and area-recruiters leaving for other SEC West programs, the versatile defender hasn’t budged. Anderson’s first official visit will also be his last.

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