On Wednesday Alabama football is expected to load up with actual signees in the 2020 class. What happens with recruiting until then should be interesting.
Alabama football is wrapping up its in-person pre-Early Signing Period, recruiting visits on Saturday and Sunday. The Crimson Tide has four already committed players in Tuscaloosa on official visits. They are outside linebacker, Quandarrius Robinson, wide receivers, Thaiu Jones-Bell and Traeshon Holden, along with defensive back, Brian Branch.
All four have a chance to contribute next season. Branch has zoomed up recruiting rankings the last few months. He is very nearly a top 50 player in the 2020 class. As good as freshman, Jordan Battle looked at safety this season, Branch may have even more upside.
A quiet period for the Early Signing portion of the NCAA recruiting calendar begins Sunday. The next dead period cycle begins on Monday. There is no in-person contact allowed during dead periods (with an exception explained below) but plenty of communication takes place between players and coaches. Phone calls, texts, email and social media communication is all allowed during the dead period. The dead period is scheduled through Jan. 16. The exception is players who will enroll early have a seven-day quiet period immediately prior to the first day of winter session classes.
Alabama football insiders are full of confidence that one or more good surprises will occur during the Early Signing Period. Add to that, Tino Sunseri’s cryptic tweets and those good surprises might be more than just good.
Other than sweating out a final visit to Florida for defensive tackle, Tim Smith, there seems to be little risk any other school can flip a Tide commit. The Alabama football staff could ink up to 20 players on Wednesday, with another one or two possible on Thursday or Friday.
More than recruiting is getting news in Tuscaloosa. The Alabama football team will have 15 players graduate this weekend. The football graduates are Raekwon Davis, Trevon Diggs, Anfernee Jennings, Terrell Lewis, Ben Davis, Mac Hereford, Jalen Jackson, Mac Jones, Sean Kelly, Scott Lashley, Jared Mayden, Joshua McMillon, Tevita Musika, Tyrell Shavers and Taylor Wilson.
In other Crimson Tide news, the football will return to the practice field Monday. There will seven consecutive days of practice sessions before taking a break for Christmas. For those who missed the tweet, Jerry Jeudy announced he will play in the Citrus Bowl.