The Alabama football season is well underway but recruiting never stops.
The early-signing period in December is two months away. Nick Saban and Co. still have plenty to do to help close out a top-10 recruiting class and address several key positions of need.
Every month, SEC Country will outline the three biggest items that the Alabama coaching staff must accomplish on the recruiting trail to make that a reality. Here is the to-do list for October:
1. Continue chipping away at quarterback recruits
Alabama hosted Ohio State quarterback commit Emory Jones and Kentucky quarterback commit Jarren Williams for the Ole Miss game. Both quarterbacks are big targets for the Crimson Tide, but both prospects continue to say the right things when it comes to their commitments to their respective schools.
Jones, from Franklin, Ga., has visited Tuscaloosa three times this year, while Williams, from Snellville, Ga., made his first trip to Tuscaloosa since re-committing to the Wildcats. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see both players take official visits to Alabama later this fall.
2. Land a key piece to the front 7
Coynis Miller, a 4-star defensive tackle from Jackson-Olin High School (Birmingham, Ala.), will make his commitment on Oct. 14. Alabama, Auburn and Florida are his finalists.
Miller visited Tuscaloosa for the Ole Miss game and was on campus earlier this fall for Alabama’s game against Fresno State. The in-state product says Florida is his leader, so we’ll see if the Crimson Tide are able to change his mind with 12 days to go until his decision.
If Miller does commit to the Tide, he will be the team’s first defensive tackle commit in the 2018 class.
3. Get JUCO corner Saivion Smith on board
Saivion Smith, a former 5-star prospect and LSU cornerback now at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, visited Alabama for the Ole Miss game. The Crimson Tide are believed to be the favorites to land Smith when he makes his commitment.
Cornerback is one of the team’s top priorities as Anthony Averett and Levi Wallace will leave Alabama after this season. The Tide also signed zero cornerbacks in the 2017 class, so depth is very thin.
Getting Smith on board would be a big boost for Alabama’s secondary because he’s a guy who can step right in and make an immediate impact.
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