Alabama Football Recruiting Offers of the Week

Marc Torrence@marctorrenceAlabama Lead WriterMay 4, 2015

Elijah Holyfield
Elijah HolyfieldPhoto courtesy 247Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — As Alabama officially entered the offseason with the conclusion of spring practice, it also cranked up its recruiting efforts into high gear.

It offered 15 prospects, most of which are for the 2017 cycle and beyond.

This shouldn’t surprise anyone. At this point, most of the 2016 prospects have gone through the recruiting wringer and are just gearing up for their senior seasons. Many of them already have a general idea of where they want to go to school.

For the 2017 prospects, though, this is the offseason where they’ll attend camps and clinics to give college coaches their first up-close look at these guys. Alabama needs to get after them now, because by next offseason, it would mostly already be too late.

Let’s take a look at Alabama’s recruiting efforts this week:


Elijah Holyfield, 2016 4-star running back from Atlanta, Georgia

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There’s no question what Alabama’s most high-profile offer was this week. Evander Holyfield’s son, Elijah, a top 2017 running back, got an offer from the Crimson Tide.

Combined with his heavy interest in Auburn, this should be a major decision process to watch for Alabama fans.

Holyfield said earlier this month he’s in no rush to commit.

"Yeah [Auburn wants] something now, but I'm going to wait for a little while," Holyfield told al.com’s Wes Sinor. "I'm just trying to keep a level head and try to wait it out and see everything."

Holyfield holds offers from just about every top school in the country, making Alabama one of the later teams to get in on his recruitment. But you can never count out Nick Saban and Alabama in a recruitment, especially for a prospect right next door in Georgia.

“Whichever school lands him will get a patient playmaker, someone who can be a game-changer in the backfield,” Bleacher Report’s Damon Sayles wrote last week on Holyfield’s recruitment. “And while Holyfield may be Auburn's to lose, you can bet that Alabama will put its cards on the table to earn his verbal commitment.”


Cam Akers, 2017 4-star running back from Clinton, Mississippi

Cam akers @thereal_cam3

Blessed to receive a offer from the university of Alabama @ErikRichardsUSA @CourtneyRCronin http://t.co/ixhqOPws8Y

One of the top players in the state of Mississippi picked up an offer from the Crimson Tide this week. Akers is rated the No. 2 player in Mississippi and the No. 6 running back in the 2017 class by 247Sports.

"It was truly a blessing," Akers told TideSports.com’s Andrew Bone. "I always liked Alabama since I was a kid. It meant a lot. I talked to Coach Davis. He told me he wanted to offer me. He said he talked to my coach. They wanted to extend an offer to me. They want me to come to a camp."

While Alabama doesn’t have a running back commitment for the 2016 class, it actually already has one for 2017, when Akers would come in. Najee Harris is rated a 5-star by 247 and the No. 1 running back in the entire class.

Still, Akers wants to come in and make his mark, like several freshman Alabama running backs have been able to do under Saban.

“If I were to choose Alabama in the future, I would want to play,” Akers told 247Sports’ Hank South. “They have good coaches and good running backs. They send running backs to the league every year. So I would definitely try to make my mark.”


Jake Fromm, 2017 4-star quarterback from Warner Robins, Georgia

JakefromStateFromm @FrommJake

Proud and blessed to receive an offer from the University of Alabama!!! #RollTide 🐘 http://t.co/ufcffLBHY7

Alabama extended an offer to its fourth quarterback for 2017 so far. Fromm visited Alabama’s campus before A-Day and then officially picked up an offer when a big-name coach visited his high school.

"Coach Kiffin came by the school this morning,” Fromm told TideSports.com’s Andrew Bone on Tuesday. "He came to see our team workouts. He saw me throw the ball around. Coach showed me a text during the class and let me know about the offer.

"I love it. I went down to see Bama a couple of weekends ago. I loved everything I saw. I loved the charisma down there. I loved the Crimson. They definitely have a history of winning.

"I talked to Coach Saban, Coach Smart and Coach Kiffin. They gave me all the good reasons to come to Alabama. They were trying to sell Alabama. They had nothing but good things to say."

The Crimson Tide are the most high-profile offer right now for Fromm, whom 247Sports rates as the No. 7 pro-style passer in the class. Ole Miss, North Carolina and South Carolina have already offered him, too.

"I definitely don't plan on waiting until signing day to announce a decision. I will commit whenever I feel comfortable,” Fromm told Bone. "I live in Georgia, so I grew up watching Georgia on Saturdays a little bit. The recruiting process has opened my eyes, though. I have realized there are a lot of great schools out there. Alabama is definitely one of them."


Other offers from the week

Trey Blount, 2017 wide receiver from Powder Springs, Georgia

Chad Simmons @ChadSimmons_

#Alabama SHOCKS 2017 WR with offer. Now visiting this summer. High interest in #Tide. FREE. http://t.co/L9SdT1NL4Q http://t.co/r23Ncx3fXw

Micah Clark, 2017 4-star offensive tackle from Holmdel, New Jersey

Micah Clark @MicahClark17

Blessed to say I received my 7th offer from Alabama #RollTide http://t.co/6II4Cwof4T

Tyler Gerald, 2016 4-star guard from Portsmouth, Ohio (Ohio State commit)

Tyler Gerald @tylergerald96

Blessed to say I have just received an offer from the University of Alabama 🙏🏻🏈 #RollTide 😈

Tee Higgins, 2017 5-star wide receiver from Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Tee Higgins⁵ @teehiggins5

Blessed to say I've received my 10th offer from the University of Alabama!🔴⚪️ http://t.co/I6BJr1yHip

Justin Mascoll, 2018 weakside defensive end from Snellville, Georgia

Justin Mascoll @jthegreat_

Just received my 6th offer from the university of Alabama🔴🐘 http://t.co/YWsFCFyUuK

Anthony McFarland Jr., 2017 5-star running back from Hyattsville, Maryland

5️⃣ @AnttMacc_

Just Received My 21st Offer From One of the best programs In the country! University Of Alabama! #RollTide #Sec http://t.co/t6exdVipNQ

Jeffrey Okudah III, 2016 5-star safety from Grand Prairie, Texas

Donovan Peoples-Jones, 2017 5-star wide receiver from Detroit

Branden Hunter @JustCallmeBHunt

Add #NotreDame and #Alabama to Detroit Cass Tech 2017 WR Donovan Peoples-Jones offers for today. No.3 today.

Cesar Ruiz, 2017 4-star center from Camden, New Jersey

Trey Sermon, 2017 4-star running back from Marietta, Georgia

Drew Singleton, 2017 4-star outside linebacker from Paramus, New Jersey

ParamusCatholicFB @PCFB_LIVE

Congrats #ParamusCatholic '17 Drew Singleton (@_DrewSingleton) #DS5 on his offer from #Alabama #LIVIN http://t.co/ziJDnISaQg

Dalyn Wade-Perry, 2017 4-star defensive tackle from Englewood, New Jersey


Marc Torrence is the Alabama lead writer for Bleacher Report. All quotes and reporting were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. Recruiting information courtesy 247Sports, unless otherwise noted.

Follow on Twitter @marctorrence.

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