Tide Recruiting Trend Meter: January 27

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. With signing day just about a week away, BamaMag.com updates members with the latest on each and every target with our Tide Trend Meter.

With the numbers very tight, Alabama had been fairly quiet on the commitment front over the last two weeks, but things changed when Scout100 offensive tackle Isaiah Prince committed to the Crimson Tide Friday, following a visit from UA offensive line coach Mario Cristobal. But that very same day, he finalized plans for a surprise visit to Ohio State for the weekend, which has shaken up the offensive tackle situation late for Nick Saban and company.

That, plus expected movement and defensive back and wide receiver, is all covered in today's update. New analysis/trends are explained in bold.

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

NOTE: This feature will be updated throughout the final week. View our last trend report HERE.

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 and returned this past weekend for an official visit. 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. Godwin, and perhaps just as important, his family, made the trip and enjoyed taking in the school one final time. Alabama had seven commitments on campus during the weekend alongside Godwin, as he was the only non-UA pledge in town. It's safe to say he experienced the full court press over the weekend, and Alabama may follow up with an in-home visit this week. 'Bama has done all it could to flip the playmaker.

TREND:

The Latest: Davis has been seen by Kiffin on multiple occasions of late, and reports plenty of interest in Alabama. However, he did not take his scheduled trip to Alabama this past weekend, taking in Florida instead. Until Davis gets on campus, the trend won't be a positive one from the Alabama perspective. 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.

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. Charlot may be penciled into the class at this point.

TREND:

The Latest: Hill was on the big official visit weekend right out of the dead period and he de-committed from Arkansas soon after seeing Tuscaloosa for 48 hours. While also potentially good news for several others, 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. Hill took an official visit to Ohio State over the weekend and came away very impressed to the point that Urban Meyer's staff feels confident in landing the versatile threat.

TREND:

The Latest: Cager tells BamaMag that he's shutting his recruitment down following his official visit to Miami over the weekend. He's now 100 percent locked into inking with Al Golden's program, he says.

TREND:

The Latest: Prince’s trip to Alabama was two weekends ago, and his coach said Alabama was honest about the numbers situation to he and his visiting family, despite Alabama leading at that point. Then, three-star T.D. Moton decommits from UA and a spot opens up, which Prince takes advantage of on Friday, theoretically cementing the offensive line group. This until he took an official to OSU over the weekend, forcing Alabama to continue to look at other offensive tackle options late in the game. Like it is with Hill, we're hearing the Buckeyes feel good about Prince after the trip. However, Cristobal is likely to see Prince again, as early as Tuesday.

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. After not taking any of his planned Iron Bowl trips this past weekend, CVO appeared ready to make a commitment on Monday evening. But as the time approached, he backed off of the announcement. Scout learned that both UA and AU had in-home visits with him prior to the announcement on Monday, and he simply wasn't ready. A final call could come in the next week, according to the four-star. Scout also learned that he was much closer to being good to go academically than originally thought. CVO took his SAT on Saturday morning, which could be the final piece..

TREND:

The Latest: Richmond took his scheduled trip to Oxford this past weekend, but it didn't help him shut the door on other programs like Hugh Freeze and company would have liked. Instead, Richmond is planning on taking multiple trips during the final week of the cycle, one to in-state Tennessee, and the other to Tuscaloosa. With Prince's commitment in question and Valentine-Okeke torn between Iron Bowl rivals, could 'Bama flip Richmond at the last second? Offensive tackle recruiting, as we've long reported, will go down to the wire for Alabama.

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 which included Alabama on the weekend of January 16. 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, this past weekend's trip to UCLA and of course the Wolverines down the stretch. But as of this writing, Alabama 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 got him on campus this past weekend. 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 never ruled out a late trip to Tuscaloosa and he reportedly took two short ones both before and after his trip to Oxford. One of America's best has done a good job keeping things close to the vest, but Alabama has had a good a chance as any to sway Jefferson. It shouldn't shock if he ended up as 2015's signing day Saban "surprise."

TREND:

The Latest: Cowart is Jefferson’s running mate, and he was also at Auburn two weekends ago 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. Cowart was briefly at Florida over the weekend, though he left town earlier than expected. BamaMag doesn't expect, and hasn't expected Cowart in Alabama's class.

TREND:

The Latest: America’s most intriguing recruit made headlines again last week, 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. 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's Saban and Kirby Smart visited him Thursday, but only a visit was discussed at the hospital that day. Wanogho will take in Auburn for a scheduled official visit this weekend, though he's still expected to take his recruitment passed signing day.

TREND:

The Latest: Boyd re-shuffled his final four and Alabama was the only non-Texas school to make the cut last week. With a visit scheduled elsewhere last 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. But soon after the news broke, Boyd admitted he was going to stay in-state. He's off the board for 'Bama.

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. Hill announced on Monday that he'll make a decision on Friday, the day he is scheduled to depart for Tuscaloosa. It would be a surprise if he announced for Alabama, at least at this point.

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