Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Roll Tide-ings , a rundown of everything happening in Alabama Crimson Tide recruiting with Chris Kirschner. Today, we talk the latest with one of Alabama’s top linebacker targets.
King Mwikuta still has Alabama on top
LAGRANGE, Ga. — Alabama has led for several months for King Mwikuta, a 2019 4-star linebacker out of Troup County. Nothing has changed on that front.
“Alabama has a big lead for me,” Mwikuta told SEC Country. “I’ll go ahead and say that. Georgia is No. 2.”
Mwikuta returned “home” this past Saturday for Alabama’s game against Ole Miss. The nation’s No. 5 outside linebacker received lots of attention from staff members this past weekend. Almost every Crimson Tide assistant and grad assistant came up to say hello to Mwikuta.
Outside linebackers coach Tosh Lupoi was at Troup County on Friday night to watch Mwikuta play against Sandy Creek. Mwikuta was in the backfield all night and scooped up a fumble. It’s his relationship with Lupoi that has Alabama on top for him.
“That’s pops right there,” Mwikuta said. “That’s daddy. He’s family. When I first met him, I was in the ninth grade. I went to Alabama for a camp. It was just an instant connection with him. Him, coach [Nick] Saban and [Derrick Ansley] are all like family to me. I look up to those guys.”
Not only does he look up to those Alabama coaches but also Georgia coach Kirby Smart and linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer. Mwikuta said he has been impressed with UGA’s hot start but needs to see how the Bulldogs look as the season continues to seriously consider switching up his favorite schools.
“A lot of teams have gotten off to a good start,” Mwikuta said. “I need to see if they make it to the playoffs and the SEC championship before I talk about their season. I don’t know if that’s going to happen yet. If they do, I’ll start looking at them more. In my class, I know we got a few commitments at Georgia. We’ll see how they turn out.”
But while Mwikuta still has his eye on UGA, the 6-foot-4, 232-pound prospect has already thought about committing to Alabama. He hasn’t gotten that feeling at Georgia yet. That’s important because he’s going to make his commitment in two months.
“I’ll go ahead and say this: I am setting up my commitment for Dec. 15,” Mwikuta said. “I’m not going to tell you where I’m going just yet, but I’m setting it up for that date. That’s my birthday so put it on your calendar.”
Which schools will be finalists?
Mwikuta said Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Florida State and Miami are going to be his finalists when he makes his decision. As of this time, it would be a total surprise if he didn’t commit to the Crimson Tide when he makes his decision. If the Crimson Tide land him, they would land a prospect with one of the most infectious personalities in the 2019 class. He will certainly be a leader for whichever school lands him.
More on Kelvin Joseph’s de-commtiment from LSU
One of Alabama’s top defensive back targets has reopened his recruitment.
Kelvin Joseph, a 4-star cornerback from Scotlandville Magnet High School (Baton Rouge, La.), de-committed from LSU after the Tigers’ loss to Troy on Saturday night.
Joseph told SEC Country over the summer that he was going to be paying close attention to how LSU and Alabama played this season. The Tigers have started 3-2 with two bad losses, while Alabama is undefeated and has outscored its last two opponents, 125-3.
Joseph, who’s being recruited by Alabama as a safety, has said before that he was close to flipping to the Crimson Tide. He took numerous visits to Tuscaloosa last summer and it appeared a flip was imminent. While he hasn’t visited Tuscaloosa this season, he is expected to visit in the near future. He was expected to be on campus this past weekend but ended up not making it.
The thought around Joseph’s decision to back off his pledge from the Tigers had to do with wanting to take official visits as an uncommitted player. SEC Country was told that some schools didn’t want to bring in Joseph for an official visit if he was committed to LSU.
“I had just been thinking that I needed to give other schools a chance to recruit me,” Joseph explained to SEC Country’s Sam Spiegelman. “A lot of schools felt like they didn’t have a chance to recruit me because I was committed to LSU and I haven’t had a chance to look at anyone.”
LSU remains Joseph’s No. 1 school, he said. That likely won’t remain the case if the Tigers continue to look atrocious on the field. Joseph said he’s going to compare the schools he’s considering to LSU.
“LSU, it’s the hometown school,” Joseph said. “That’s where all my love is at. I have love for them. I’ll be comparing everyone to LSU. I still feel connected to them.”
The Army All-American said he will release a top 3 next Monday and two schools are already locked in — Alabama and LSU. The third school likely will be Florida State after he takes an official visit to Tallahassee this weekend for the Seminoles’ game against Miami. The other schools in the mix to be his third school are Florida, Clemson and Kansas.
He’ll take an official visit to Alabama on Nov. 4 for the Crimson Tide’s game against LSU. That game could decide where Joseph commits. With the way the season is shaping up, Alabama could really beat LSU by five touchdowns, and one would think that would end things between him and the Tigers.
As of now, I still have Joseph outside of my mock signing class. The four defensive backs I have Alabama signing remain the same: Tyson Campbell, Nadab Joseph, Saivion Smith and Jalyn Armour-Davis. Joseph is very close to being added, though.
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