Alabama football recruiting update as of October 9, 2016.
Nick Saban’s team took care of Arkansas this past weekend, 49-30, and now it will get ready to visit Knoxville where the Tennessee Volunteers are looking to bounce back after their first loss of the season to Texas A&M.
But on the recruiting trail, the Crimson Tide is still a couple of weeks out from hosting those same Aggies, and that Oct. 22 matchup will have some big-time spectators in attendance.
Alabama will host 5-star offensive tackle Foster Sarell, even though it appears he’s set to choose Washington and stay close to home. The same sentiment can be felt for 4-star safety Jaylen Kelly-Powell, who will be in Tuscaloosa but seems destined to stay close to home with Michigan.
The Tide will also welcome 5-star prospect Cam Akers, the No. 2 running back in the country. Ole Miss seems to be the favorite to land Akers, but a great visit can change a lot of things. We saw that when 5-star linebacker Dylan Moses committed hours after his official visit to Tuscaloosa.
With Moses, 4-star linebacker Markail Benton, and 5-star linebacker VanDarius Cowan, who will also be visiting for the Texas A&M game, the Crimson Tide don’t necessarily need 5-star linebacker Baron Browning, but he’s set to visit the Friday before the game versus the aggies.
Four-star tight end Major Tennison, a former Texas commit, will be on campus as well. Alabama is in a great position to land him.
Note: Scout rankings and ratings used in this article.
Alabama Football Recruiting Update
- No. 2 Overall Class
- Total Commits: 21
- 5-Star Commits: 4
- 4-Star Commits: 12
- 3-Star Commits: 4
- 2-Star Commits: 1
- Najee Harris: 5-Star, No. 1 RB, No. 1 Overall
- Dylan Moses: 5-Star, No. 1 OLB, No. 6 Overall
- Kendall Randolph: 4-Star, No. 17 OT, No. 153 Overall
- Tua Tagovailoa: 4-Star, No. 3 QB, No. 34 Overall
- VanDarius Cowan: 5-Star, No. 3 OLB, No. 27 Overall
- Alex Leatherwood: 5-Star, No. 3 OT, No. 18 Overall
- Chadarius Townsend: 4-Star, No. 8 ATH, No. 131 Overall
- Markail Benton: 4-Star, No. 6 ILB, No. 113 Overall
- Tyrell Shavers: 4-Star, No. 16 WR, No. 109 Overall
- Jerry Jeudy: 4-Star, No. 11 WR, No. 100 Overall
- Akial Byers: 4-Star, No. 10 DT, No. 158 Overall
- Mac Jones: 4-Star, No. 21 QB, Unranked Overall
- Brian Robinson: 4-Star, No. 16 RB, No. 181 Overall
- Gary Johnson: 4-Star JUCO ILB
- Elliot Baker: 4-Star JUCO OT
- Kedrick James: 4-Star, No. 15 TE, Unranked Overall
- Kyriq McDonald: 3-Star, No. 40 CB, Unranked Overall
- Jhavonte Dean: 3-Star JUCO CB
- Brandon Ruiz: 3-Star Unranked K
- Hunter Brannon: 3-Star, No. 72 OG, Unranked Overall
- Thomas Fletcher: 2-Star Unranked LS
- Devonta Smith: 5-Star, No. 2 WR, No. 22 Overall
- Marvin Wilson: 5-Star, No. 1 DT, No. 10 Overall
- Cam Akers: 5-Star, No. 2 RB, No. 4 Overall
- Trey Smith: 5-Star, No. 4 OT, No. 20 Overall
- Isaiah Wilson: 4-Star, No. 11 OT, No. 68 Overall
Roll Twitter, Roll
I'm not leaving Alabama ????????
— VanDarius Cowan‼️❄️ (@vandarius98) October 8, 2016
Five-star linebacker VanDarius Cowan reaffirmed his commitment to the Crimson Tide yet again.