Alabama Football Recruiting Update – February 26, 2017

    Alabama football recruiting update as of February 26, 2017, as the Crimson Tide is coming off of a successful junior day in the early stages of the 2018 recruiting class.

    February 26, 2017

    Alabama football recruiting update as of February 26, 2017, as the Crimson Tide is coming off of a successful junior day in the early stages of the 2018 recruiting class.


    Nick Saban’s staff tried hard to add another cornerback to its 2017 recruiting haul, but it ended up signing only Kyriq McDonald to go along with safeties Xavier McKinney and Daniel Wright.

    However, with guys like Marlon Humphrey getting ready to take the next step to the NFL, Alabama is looking to add some defensive backs with its 2018 recruiting class.

    That’s why when it hosted 3-star cornerback Ken Montgomery Jr. for its junior day this past weekend, the staff continued to pitch him on having a diverse role.

    “[Saban] just told me since they didn’t get any cornerbacks last year, and they are having some guys enter the draft after this season, they are going to need me to step up and take care of the DB spot,” Montgomery told 247Sports. “He wanted me to learn more DB positions cause he wants to move me around the field cause of my length and speed. He said he loved my tape and he watches my full game tapes as well.”

    Of course, the secondary isn’t the only area the Tide will focus on — albeit an important one.

    Even after landing Dylan Moses, Markail Benton, VanDarius Cowan and Chris Allen in the 2017 cycle, Alabama is targeting yet another 5-star linebacker in the 2018 class: Teradja Mitchell, the No. 1 inside linebacker and No. 23 overall player in the CI 25 player rankings.

    Mitchell made his first visit to Tuscaloosa this past weekend and had a great time on the Alabama campus.

    Note: Scout rankings and ratings used in this article.


    Alabama Football Recruiting Update


    Complete Class

    • No. 17 Overall Class
    • Total Commits: 5
    • 5-Star Commits: 0
    • 4-Star Commits: 3
    • 3-Star Commits: 0
    • 2-Star Commits: 1
    • Xavier Williams: 4-Star, No. 13 WR, No. 86 Overall
    • Dameon Pierce: 4-Star, No. 10 RB, No. 147 Overall
    • Akial Byers: 4-Star JUCO DT
    • Jordan Davis: 2-Star DE, Unranked Overall

    Tide Targets

    • Zamir White: 5-Star, No. 1 RB, No. 4 Overall
    • Patrick Surtain Jr.: 5-Star, No. 1 CB, No. 8 Overall
    • Jackson Carman: 5-Star, No. 1 OT, No. 10 Overall
    • Jamaree Salyer: 5-Star, No. 1 OG, No. 15 Overall
    • Teradja Mitchell: 5-Star, No. 1 ILB, No. 23 Overall

    Roll Twitter, Roll

    Four-star wide receiver Warren Thompson added an offer from the Crimson Tide.

    MORE: College Football Recruiting Class Rankings – Feb. 26, 2017

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