Tide Recruiting Trend Meter: January 30

With some turnover on the commitment list this week, BamaMag takes a closer look at the trend meter with less targets remaining for Alabama's class of 2015. Pen meets paper in five days as UA jockeys for position with fellow elite programs towards he finish line.

Alabama picked up a commitment last week, from Isaiah Prince, but the Scout100 offensive tackle took an official visit to Ohio State soon after and his camp is calling national signing day a final decision. The quick turnaround has him off of the Crimson Tide commitment list, which is also the case for four-star defensive backs Montrell Custis and Rico McGraw. Each of the secondary prospects are expected to sign elsewhere in the SEC while Prince is either SEC or Big Ten bound with the national champion Buckeyes, Crimson Tide and Maryland Terrapins in the mix.

The moves cut Alabama's current list of pledges to 23, with room for three or four more prospects in between now and Wednesday, national signing day 2015.

The prospect list is shrinking, too.

BamaMag.com sources say Nick Saban and company accepting the commitment of Prince deterred the recruitment of fellow four-star offensive tackle Chidi Valentine-Okeke, who has since opted for Les Miles and LSU. Four-star cornerback Holton Hill, out of the Lone Star State, told BamaMag he was no longer visiting Alabama, while five-star defensive end Byron Cowart is expected to choose between Florida and Auburn down the stretch. Four-star wide receiver Ryan Davis no longer has plans to visit Tuscaloosa despite a late push from Lane Kiffin.

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.



The Latest: Godwin came off of his Alabama official visit saying the right things, as per usual, but sources are indicating that his camp is as open to the concept of him inking somewhere other than Georgia as it ever has been. It doesn't mean the Bulldogs aren't the favorite to hold onto the elite two-way star, and it helped to ensure that with a massive day/evening with the Godwin family on Thursday, spending time at multiple schools and wrapping things up in the home. Alabama, led by Lane Kiffin, is likely to follow up this weekend, and one source hints at that visit taking place Friday. Godwin is not expected to make a visit during the final weekend of the cycle. Auburn is expected on Saturday, too.


The Latest: An even trend here isn't a bad one for Alabama, which expect a public re-commitment from the Scout300 talent within the next week. LSU's coaching staff is currently expecting the same, per BamaMag sources. Either way, it's Miami tentatively scheduled to host Charlot this weekend, as edge prospects like he and Lawrence Cager continue to consider both schools. The Louisiana native is much more likely in Nick Saban's 2015 class, at this point, as has been the expectation for the last month or so.


The Latest: Hill hosted both Alabama and Ohio State this week, on back to back nights, and each visit featured the program's head coach. However, since Hill and his family took an official visit to Columbus last weekend, Urban Meyer's staff has been the more confident group towards the Arkansas native. Reports even surfaced of a Thursday evening commitment, though Hill denied such a move to BamaMag soon after. The four-star added that he has no weekend visit plans and that the race was still of the three-cog variety, with the Crimson Tide, Buckeyes and Razorbacks still alive. Can the SEC rivals overtake Meyer and the national champs late?


The Latest: Now officially off of the Alabama commitment list, Prince is leaning towards taking his final official visit to the school he was pegged to more than any others throughout the process, Maryland. This following the OSU official visit that helped fuel he and the Crimson Tide getting back to square one, though Mario Cristobal and company continue to pursue after seeing him again this week. Prince is the highest-ranked left tackle prospect remaining for Alabama, though the B1G contenders will be in play all the way through a February 4 decision.


The Latest: Richmond was with the Ole Miss staff on Thursday when reports surfaced saying he was in Tuscaloosa. While those were false, an official visit beginning sometime Friday has not yet been ruled out. Tennessee is also potentially in line for a weekend visit, in what could be an eventful weekend for America's No. 104 overall prospect. Richmond remains committed to Ole Miss, but BamaMag sources say Alabama is the likely school should he elect to sign elsewhere. It has been up front his he and his family and it could lead to the final trip. Tennessee has moved in quickly for the four-star, though the same sources say the Vols would be a surprise destination at this time, even with his longtime girlfriend on campus in Knoxville.


The Latest: A quiet recruit, Wheatley has kept his feelings incredibly objective, but he is coming off of a mid-week official visit to Ann Arbor, where his father is now Michigan's primary recruiter for his services. Combined with the Wolverines cooling on fellow defensive end target Jake Pickard, Jim Harbaugh and company appear on their way to landing the No. 1 player in the Empire State. However, Wheatley did not commit while in town, so there's still time for the Pac-12 suitors as well as the Crimson Tide, which values him as a tight end, to make up ground late.



The Latest: Jefferson not only turned 18 on Thursday, but he hosted coaches from Alabama, Auburn and LSU as well, in what he called a "birthday to remember." Before both Kiffin and Kirby Smart visited, which Jefferson announced was the first time Saban had sent both coordinators to see a single prospect, the five-star stopped by Tuscaloosa on Sunday. BamaMag confirmed the news Thursday, though his coach says all schools remain in the running for his signature on Wednesday. Alabama has prioritized Jefferson all along and the idea of him being the final piece to the 2015 puzzle is becoming less of a surprise by the day.


The Latest: Contact between Alabama and Wanogho has been minimal over the last week, while Auburn and LSU have only increased efforts. The in-state Tigers will host him for an official this weekend, and it wouldn't surprise BamaMag if his recruitment ended while on the trip. Otherwise, it is expected to extend beyond national signing day 2015, which could provide late time and resources for Alabama to get back in the race depending on how the numbers play out on Wednesday.

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