Looking to 2016: Must gets for ‘Bama

Alabama has several commitments in the class of 2016, but plenty of work remains for Nick Saban and company. BamaMag looks at priorities on both sides of the football at this early juncture.

Lyndell Wilson is the state of Alabama’s top 2016 prospect at this point, and UA has snagged the elite with that title over the last four recruiting cycles. To nobody’s surprise, however, Auburn will again have to be the program edged out in the end. Wilson, who is an athletic outside linebacker that can also rush the passer, is in no rush to make a final decision and he’s working with a current top seven of the Iron Bowl rivals, Tennessee, Georgia, Oregon, USC and Louisville.

Ben Davis (pictured above, right) is the son of Alabama’s all-time tackles leader Wayne Davis (pictured above, left), and father has not been shy about steering his son to Tuscaloosa. However, son has taken the process in stride and just recently collected his Auburn offer among many others. No matter how long he extends the process before making a decision, the versatile linebacker is most popularly pegged to Nick Saban’s program. BamaMag.com could see his recruitment playing out similar to class of 2014 UA legacy Marlon Humphrey’s.

Willie Allen has long been one of the top out-of-state targets in the class of 2016 for Alabama, and he named the Crimson Tide as his leader for about six months before recently backing off of that statement. Still, Alabama has zeroed in on the Louisianan, as has Ole Miss and homestate LSU. He was in Oxford for junior day late last month, and he’ll be in Tuscaloosa for A-Day. Mario Cristobal and the UA staff missed out on a late left tackle add in 2015, so expect prospects like Allen to receive the full treatment early and often.

Cavin Ridley is the younger brother of five-star Alabama signee Calvin Ridley, and Alabama has already offered the star. His 7-on-7 coach says the younger Ridley is the bigger and stronger version of the two, which is simply scary to think about given the accolades big bro picked up throughout his prep career. While the in-state Florida schools and many others are on his trail, Alabama has been the school he’s frequented as many as most, and that’s not expected to be slown down. Wide receiver is still a need and the Crimson Tide has a bevy of South Florida options to focus on at the position in addition to Ridley, like Darnell Salomon, Binjimen Victor and Derrick Snelson. Four-star Louisianan Mykel Jones is one to watch as well, being the teammate and close friend of 2015 Alabama signee Daylon Charlot.

Demetris Robertson is currently committed to Alabama, but the coaching staff will have to continue to be active in the pursuit of his services, so he cracks this list. Georgia, Auburn, Florida State, USC and many, many others have tracked the two-way threat and he’s reciprocated plenty of the interest in the process. Robertson was back on campus for junior day late last month, but the battle for his signature will likely stretch until February 3, 2015.

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