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Nick Saban, Alabama working on impressing the state's top defensive prospect Jalyn Armour-Davis

To the surprise of few, Nick Saban and Alabama completed its class of 2017 on Wednesday and continued its transition to the class of 2018 on that same day. The work included reconnecting with blue-chip in-state standout Jalyn Armour-Davis.

After reeling in another No. 1 recruiting class, culminating with National Signing Day last Wednesday, Alabama head coach Nick Saban was fairly pleased. But among the group of 26 signees, there was one position missing in the class of 2017 haul.

“We hit every spot but one," he said. "We wanted to recruit at least one cornerback, maybe two, and it didn’t work out that way.”

In typical Saban fashion, he didn't waste much time getting more time with the next crop of blue chips -- the class of 2018 -- and of course it included a cornerback. Not just any, but the best in the state of Alabama.

"Bama offered last summer. I talked to them on signing day," Jalyn Armour-Davis said.

The two-way junior from Mobile (Ala.) St. Paul's Episcopal expected an uptick with the senior class making things official but the time on the phone with the in-state power officially kicked off the next wave of the recruiting process for the early Scout four-star.

"I'm very excited," he said. "I spoke with coach (Jeremy) Pruitt and coach Saban. They just wanted to express how much they would like for me to attend their school, they spoke on all of the great things that Alabama could do for me on and off the field.

"It was great, it was great that he wanted to start early with the 2018 class. It's always great to hear from an all-time great."

Armour-Davis visited Auburn late last month and it is the program he has frequented most on the trail. Alabama, which last hosted him for the Iron Bowl against the Tigers in November, could again do so in late February when UA hosts its next junior day.

"Later this month, hopefully," Armour-Davis said of his next visit.

Plenty of trips are likely over the spring and into the summer as he looks to cut his scholarship offer list, which is north of a dozen, in half. Another cut, the most important one, could also come before the St. Paul's Saints kick off the 2017 season.

"Hopefully before or after my senior season," he said of a verbal commitment timeline.

USC, LSU, Florida, Florida State, Penn State and several others compose Armour-Davis' current offer list.

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