Alabama Recruiting Notebook

Several recruits in the state of Alabama are making headlines. Andrew Bone takes a closer look at recent news surrounding several of the state's top recruits.

Off the board

Three players have given their commitments in the past week. Jalen Whiltow, quarterback from Prattville, announced his intentions on signing with Arkansas State. Whitlow de-committed from the Red Wolves after Hugh Freeze accepted the head coaching position at Ole Miss. Whilow committed to Gus Malzahn and the new coaching staff after a visit to Jonesboro.

Former Southern Miss commitment Jonathan Wallace, quarterback from Phenix City-Central, committed to UCF. Marcus Turner, cornerback from McCalla-McAdory, gave his pledge to Southern Miss. Bradley Bostick, running back from Birmingham-Oak Mountain, committed to the Naval Academy.

Alabama visitor

Kwon Alexander, National 100 linebacker from Oxford, is the state's top uncommitted prospect. He took an official visit to Alabama this past weekend and has already visited Auburn, Florida State and LSU. Alexander mentioned Alabama, Auburn and LSU as the schools recruiting him the hardest. He may not take any other visits. He expects to make a decision on signing day (February 1st).

Close to decision

Beniquez Brown, four-star outside linebacker from Florence, may pull the trigger as early as this week. He took an official visit this past weekend to Mississippi State. He appears very close to announcing for the Bulldogs and joining cousin Kivon Coman on the commitment list. He has yet to decide if he will take any additional visits.

Future teammates

Close friends and former teammates Beau Hankins, three-star linebacker from Birminham-Jackson-Olin, and Harding Harper, three-star linebacker from Montgomery-Carver, take official visits together and collect the same offers. Hankins and Harper took their official visit to Arkansas this past weekend. Both received an offer from Penn State the day after the visit to Fayetteville. A visit to Happy Valley remains up in the air. Arkansas appears the frontrunner for the two in-state linebackers who plan to stay together on the next level.

Commitment taking visits

Justin Shanks, four-star defensive tackle from Prattville, took an official visit to Tennessee this past weekend. The Florida State commitment travels to Tallahassee this weekend. The following weekend he heads west for an official visit with USC. Shanks is enjoying the official visits, but remains committed to the Seminoles.

Out of the equation

Jameis Winston, the nation's No. 2 quarterback from Hueytown, took an official visit to Stanford this past weekend. He was scheduled to visit Ohio State this week, but has cancelled the trip. A little too late for the Buckeyes to get in the mix for the five-star. Winston is scheduled to visit Florida State next week, but may decide to visit this weekend. He remains committed to the Noles. Winston is expected to meet with new Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nessmeier before announcing a final decision in February.

Solid commitment

Chris Casher, five-star defensive end from Mobile-Davidson, is not considering other official visits. He is 100-percent solid with his decision. Casher will take an official visit to Florida State this weekend.

On the road again

Caleb Peterson, three-star offensive guard from Auburn and Southern Miss commitment, had a very close relationship with Coach Larry Fedora and his staff when they were coaching in Hattiesburg. They now reside in Chapel Hill, and Peterson took a visit to North Carolina this past weekend. He is scheduled to visit Ole Miss this weekend. Peterson remains committed to Southern Miss for now, but he is considering other options.


Austin Grammer, quarterback from Tuscaloosa-American Christian, has decided to de-commit from Houston. Grammer is keeping his options open at this time and eager to hear from other schools. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound signal caller passed for more than 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns during his senior season. He was recently offered by Florida Atlantic. Mississippi State has also started showing interest.

Commitment traveling

Cody Core, wide receiver from Auburn and Troy commitment, travels to Lexington this weekend for an official visit with Wildcats. Core took an official visit to Troy this past weekend. Kentucky is the first SEC school to offer.

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