The Under Armour All-American Game will be played tonight, and it will feature some of the nation’s best high school football players including a number of players seriously considering playing their college ball for the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Head coach Nick Saban already has 24 commitments for the 2012 recruiting class, so filling up these final spots could be first come, first serve.
Here are the top five prospects Alabama is targeting.
The battle for Collins is the same one that will be happening in the national championship with LSU taking on Alabama to land the services of one of the nation’s top safeties. Where he’ll go is still very much up in the air because he has kept a really tight lid on his recruitment.
He projects as a safety at the next level because of his tendencies to play closer to the line of scrimmage. He could even play outside linebacker if he bulks up.
The rumor on Twitter is that he will go to Alabama, but he will announce his commitment at 6:30 EST on ESPN during the Under Armour game.
In terms of pure physical potential, there may not be a better player in the 2012 recruiting class than defensive tackle Eddie Goldman. His recruitment is far from over, with Rivals listing the schools still in the running as Florida State, Alabama, Cal, Auburn, Clemson and Maryland in that order.
He has taken official visits to FSU, Bama, Miami and Auburn, with the fifth expected to be his hometown Maryland Terrapins.
At this point, there’s no reason to speculate on where Goldman will end up because he could fit in a 3-4 or a 4-3, and Maryland has made a strong surge as of late. Expect him to announce on signing day.
Ward is another player who plans on announcing his commitment at the UA All-American game. This defensive end has great playmaking ability and could be one of the steals in this year’s recruiting class because his frame can handle more weight.
He is 6’4”, but his weight varies from 230 to 265 pounds on the different recruiting sites. If he can turn into a consistent pass-rusher at 270-280 pounds, we could be looking at a future All-SEC lineman.
He is set to choose between Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Alabama and it really is a crap-shoot as to where he will go because of the late surge by Ole Miss, the hometown ties to Mississippi State and the prowess of Alabama. Rivals thinks he will be a Rebel.
Jenkins is a pure pass-rushing defensive end at 6’3” 235 pounds. He has an excellent motor but could certainly benefit from at least a year as a red shirt.
For a long time, his recruitment was between just Alabama and Florida, but Georgia Tech and Auburn have made recent pushes.
Still, Gainesville is his most likely destination as the Gators have a great engineering program, as well as a talented football team. He is expected to make that decision final this coming Monday.
Jones is the last Alabama prospect to be announcing his commitment tonight. He is rated as an athlete, but wide receiver is the most likely position for this 5’10” 185-pounder with cornerback and running back being the other two possibilities.
His recruitment has come down to Alabama and Virginia Tech, but just about everyone believes he will a member of the Crimson Tide because he came back from that official visit absolutely enamored with the school. The proximity to Tech could swing him the other way, as both schools are in need of wide receivers ASAP.