The best of the best are en route to Orlando for UA All-America Week and that means a bevvy of Alabama Crimson Tide commitments and targets are slated to perform on the national stage. Here is the BamaMag guide to keeping up with the names to know all week long with Scout on the ground in the Sunshine State.
A quartet of 'Bama verbal commitments are on the roster, led by five-star defensive tackle Kendell Jones (video above), the highest rated 2016 Alabama commitment. He is joined by top-5 running back B.J. Emmons and four-star offensive linemen Chris Owens and Deonte Brown.
Well over a dozen uncommitted prospects Nick Saban and company have been in on are also expected in Orlando. The positions they play now and are projected to play at the next level will make for some interesting storylines all week long.
At wide receiver, where UA could take multiple commitments in addition to current pledges from Trevon Diggs and in-state star T.J. Simmons, the Under Armour roster is a who's who list. Legacy prospect Cavin Ridley will be in attendance, potentially on the verge of a decision. May he pop at the game on January 2? He hasn't said as much, but those paying close attention know he's a likely addition for the staff there as kickoff nears. Fellow four-star A.J. Brown is another linked to UA more times than not. Expect him to take official visits to several places, including Tuscaloosa, before a decision. The same can be said for former Florida State pledge Keith Gavin, another UA All-American. A wildcard name at the position to potentially keep an eye on could be current Miami (Fl) commitment Sam Bruce. The NFL legacy has mentioned taking late trips elsewhere, including to T-town. Reports have surfaced saying his position coach at UM, Kevin Beard, is not expected to be retained by new head man Mark Richt. A player expected to make a decision at the game worth keeping an eye on is Drake Davis of IMG Academy. Alabama is a finalist (video below).
Cornerback is another deep position with Alabama targets, led by former commitment Shyheim Carter, who remains high on the program along with considerable interest in Mississippi and Georgia, among others. Fellow four-star Nigel Knott recently told Scout that UA was recruiting him as much as the in-state Rebels and Bulldogs while the Tide just recently offered Louisiana star Kristian Fulton.
Linebacker consists of UA's top two in-state targets in 'Bama legacy and five-star Ben Davis as well as versatile Montgomery (Ala.) Carver standout Lyndell Wilson. Edge talent Terrell Hall, who has previously named Alabama his leader, could make a decision during Saturday's broadcast (12 p.m. EST, ESPN2). Texas standout Dontavious Jackson is another to eye, as the defensive staff has locked in on him for some time. Jackson has an official visit set to UA next month.
The trenches, as Alabama searches for another offensive lineman while adding potentially multiple defenders, of course are also well represented. This group is led by the No. 1 player in America, Rashan Gary, who may still take a January trip to Tuscaloosa. Fellow five-star defensive tackle Rashard Lawrence is likely to do just that while the race appears to be solely UA and UGA for Peach State DT prospect Michail Carter. On offense, Scout100 OL Landon Dickerson has a January official visit set while Jauan Williams has been on Alabama radar for the better part of a year now.
Scout will be on-hand all week long in Orlando for the very latest on the aforementioned names and more.