Alabama’s chances at landing nation’s top 2 defensive tackles

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Alabama is in a good spot with the nation’s top defensive tackles in the 2019 class: 5-star prospects Ishmael Sopsher from Amite (La.) High School and Faatui Tuitele from St. Louis School (Honolulu). Sopsher has visited Tuscaloosa numerous times since becoming a national recruit while Tuitele is expected on campus next month.

While it is early, my guess is Sopsher’s decision comes down to Alabama and LSU. Sopsher is former teammates with wide receiver DeVonta Smith and his current teammate Devonta Lee is a major wide receiver target for the Tide. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Sopsher and Lee reunite with Smith in Tuscaloosa.

As for Tuitele, he’s former teammates and distant cousins with Tua Tagovailoa. He’s very intrigued with the Tide but he hasn’t been offered just yet. That will likely come when he visits next month.

Watching Tagovailoa have the success he had in his first year has shown Tuitele that he, too, could choose a school on the other side of the country and prosper.

“Seeing Tua on the biggest stage and win a national championship — it really motivated me and gives me the confidence that I can set a path for myself and go to the East Coast and make a name for myself like he did,” Tuitele said. “Seeing what he did in the national championship game was mind-blowing. Just the year before, I was playing with him in the state championship game. The next year, he’s in the national championship game. He let everyone know that Hawaii players can hang with the big dogs.”

Tagovailoa’s first trip to Tuscaloosa led to the quarterback ultimately choosing the Tide over his dream school in Southern California. We’ll see if that’s the case with Tuitele.

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