Previewing the biggest recruiting weekend of Kalen DeBoer's Alabama Tenure

Mar 21, 2024; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Alabama head coach Kalen DeBoer watches his offensive line go through drills during practice at the University Alabama Thursday.
Mar 21, 2024; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Alabama head coach Kalen DeBoer watches his offensive line go through drills during practice at the University Alabama Thursday. / Gary Cosby Jr.-Tuscaloosa News / USA

The Alabama Football team has dominated the Summer as every recruiting weekend is ending with commitments for Kalen DeBoer. Fresh off of landing Jackson Lloyd and London Simmons, the Tide is set to host one of the most star-studded groups anyone has hosted all Summer.

Alabama Football is set to host multiple five-stars with the chance of closing out multiple recruitments before the dead period starts on June 25th.

A Chance to Land Kalen DeBoer's First Five-Star

The biggest priority on campus this weekend will be five-star cornerback Dijon Lee as he takes his final official visit before announcing his commitment on June 28th. The California native was seemingly between Georgia and Alabama but, the Tide look like the massive front runner as Kalen DeBoer looks to close out his first five-star recruit. Lee is ranked as the 30th-ranked player in the class and the 5th-ranked cornerback.

The new coaching staff has done an excellent job landing recruits from California bringing in Abduall Sanders, Chuck McDonald, Jackson Lloyd, and Alex Asparuhov which puts the Tide in a great spot with landing Lee.

Crimson Tide potential benefactors of USC loss?

This week has been tough for the USC Trojans as they lost commitments from two five-star defenders, causing their class to plummet outside of the top-ten. Justus Terry was one of the players to decommit and along with reopening his recruitment he canceled his visit to USC this weekend and will instead travel to Tuscaloosa.

Terry is a consensus five-star recruit ranked by On3 as the tenth-best player in the class and the second-ranked defensive lineman. This recruitment can very quickly become a battle between Kalen DeBoer and Freddie Roach against Kirby Smart and Tray Scott making this weekend's visit very important.

The Second Five-Star Receiver This Week Comes to Campus

The Tide started this week off hosting five-star wide receiver Kaliq Lockett on an official visit thanks in part to Keelon Russell's commitment. This weekend, Alabama Football will get an official visit from consensus top-3 wide receiver recruit Caleb Cunningham who On3 ranks as the 15th-best player in the class. The battle for Cunningham is dominated by SEC schools, as both in-state Mississippi schools look like front runners while Alabama and Auburn look to make up ground. The momentum the Tide have picked up with fellow Mississippi native Akylin Dear may help the Tide but, landing Cunningham is an uphill battle.

Two Elite In-State Recruits visit, can Tide flip the momentum?

This weekend, the Tide will host two in-state recruits edge rusher Jakaleb Faulk and offensive lineman Micah DeBose. Faulk has been an Auburn commit for nearly a year but, the Tide will get On3's 21st-ranked edge rusher on campus to push for a commitment flip.

The Tide will also get Micah DeBose back on campus after an unofficial visit a few weeks ago. The race for DeBose has long felt like Alabama vs LSU but, the Tide have made a strong push for DeBose and could potentially close him out this weekend. DeBose is ranked as the 123rd-ranked player in this class and could potentially help Alabama with landing the top offensive line class in the country with where they stand with Ty Haywood.

Tide get a visit with the Nation's Top Linebacker, can they close?

The Alabama Football team already has five commitments from linebackers and sits in a great place with top-100 recruit Dawson Merritt which means they're done at linebacker, right? Wrong, as Alabama is set to host the Nation's top linebacker Ty Jackson on an official visit this weekend. The Tide have emerged in this recruitment and a strong showing this weekend could get Jackson to move his commitment date up from December 4th before the dead period starting June 25th.

Two Tide Commits Return to Campus

Helping in the recruitment of Ty Jackson this weekend will be fellow linebacker commits Abduall Sanders and Luke Metz. While the pair will be pushing for more commitments in this class it's also another chance for the staff to shut down the recruitments of Sanders and Metz.

Metz recently visited Georgia while Sanders is coming off of an official visit to Tennessee. Both players have reaffirmed their commitments to Alabama but, the staff would likely feel much better if they could really lock in the pair.

Trying to turn a few recruits away from SEC Rivals

We've already mentioned that the Tide will try to flip Auburn commit Jakaleb Faulk while trying to lure Micah DeBose and Caleb Cunningham away from SEC Rivals but, recruiting against conference rivals doesn't stop there. Top-100 recruit edge rusher Damien Shanklin will be on campus and, with many expecting he'll end up at LSU, the Tide will look to make his decision tougher.

Ole Miss commit Corey Amos will visit Tuscaloosa this weekend as the Tide could look to pair him with London Simmons. LSU Target CJ Jimcoily will also visit Tuscaloosa this weekend as the Tide look to land defensive backs.

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