Jaylen McCollough (Photo by John Garcia, Jr.)

One of the top rising juniors in the country is very high on Alabama early on

BRADENTON, Fla. -- One of the top class of 2019 prospects in the country has long been tabbed as four stars by Scout. Peach State defensive back Jaylen McCollough has also long been high on Alabama.

The Alabama Crimson Tide came calling for Powder Springs (Ga.) Hillgrove two-way standout Jaylen McCollough in January and the offer has had the program in good position for the early Scout four-star ever since. 

At over 6-foot, near 200 pounds, he makes a big impact on Friday nights as both a running back and defensive back, though Nick Saban and company envision him in the secondary, where Scout saw him over the weekend at the NFA 7v7 National Championships. 

At the event, he was sporting the script "A" gloves (photo above) while helping his FSS squad advance to the tournament's final four. 

"You know 'Bama is one of my top schools" McCollough said. "I talked to (defensive backs) coach (Derrick) Ansley and (offensive line) coach (Brent) Key before I came up here at IMG, had a good conversation with them.

"I will be back at 'Bama July 17 for camp."


The versatile prospect will open up as one of the top defensive backs in the country in the 2019 class, with the gaudy scholarship offer list to match. But whether it is at offseason events or upcoming camps, McCollough is looking to improve in many areas. 

"It's really just trying to get a feel on the coaches, how they run their program, how they run their defense, all that kind of stuff," he said. "'Bama is one of the top-notch programs so go compete with the best, why not?

"I'm just trying to perfect on everything. Junior year is the biggest year, so trying to get my feet, my hips right, trying to maintain my weight, get faster, all of it." 

McCollough says some programs covet him as a running back or wide receiver, though most consider him a defensive back who has the ability to play cornerback or safety at the next level. He prefers defensive back at this time and is working to trim his list of scholarship offers before year's end.

"'Bama, GeorgiaFlorida StateLSU, and there's more," he said. "I'm still young, I've got a year and a half left before I actually leave (high school), so I'm just taking it slow. I'm focused on academics, mainly, because you'll be at that school for four or five years. So I'm focused on academics, the tradition of the school and what feels like a second home. 

"I'm dropping a top five at the end of my junior year and I'll probably commit sometime next year." 

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