In a quiet two weeks on the recruiting front, Alabama was dethroned as the leader of the 2019 247Sports team recruiting rankings by the Georgia Bulldogs. The Crimson Tide now sits in second place with 287.17 points, trailing Kirby Smart and the Bulldogs who lead with 292.13. The news wasn’t all bad for the Crimson Tide, however, as Alabama was listed in the top-six schools for a prized recruit.
Alabama basketball had an interesting two weeks in recruiting, losing a longtime member of its 2018 class and adding another in an unexpected way.
- Just a little over a week after 4-star point guard Kira Lewis elected to reclassify and join Alabama basketball’s 2018 recruiting class on Aug. 10, the Crimson Tide granted four-star point guard Jared Butler an unconditional release. Butler, a Louisiana native who signed with Alabama last November, is set to transfer to Baylor. With the addition of Lewis and subtraction of Butler, Alabama now has three incoming freshman for the 2018-19 season.
I’ve Made My College Decision 👀👀 pic.twitter.com/rGaTrYd1aN
— Kira Lewis Jr. (@Mr_Lewis3) August 10, 2018
- 3-star offensive lineman Kamaar Bell unveiled his top six teams Sunday and Alabama was among them. The 6-foot-3, 320-pound Moultrie, Georgia, product has visited Alabama multiple times since receiving an offer from the Crimson Tide in the spring. Auburn, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri and Mississippi State were also included in Bell’s list, which he announced on Twitter.
@AuburnA1 @MizzouFootball @AlabamaFTBL @UKFootball @ChadSimmons_ @HSFReport @CCPackersFball @FloridaGators @HailStateFB pic.twitter.com/WNXPUiG8CQ
— k🅰️〽️🅱️ELL🌟🌟🌟 (@BKamaar) August 26, 2018
- 4-star safety prospect Jaylen McCollough pledged to Jeremy Pruitt and the Tennessee Volunteers on Aug. 17. He was a player coveted by Alabama.
C🍊MMITTED ‼️‼️#T19 #PruittEra pic.twitter.com/16xn1AtAgr
— Jaylen McCollough (@Jay_Mccollough2) August 17, 2018
- A report by 247Sports surfaced in which 2020 5-star cornerback Fred Davis II said he is planning to visit Tuscaloosa for a game at Bryant-Denny Stadium in the fall. After the report reached Twitter, current 2020 Alabama cornerback commit Malachi Moore went back and forth with Davis on Twitter about the possibility of playing together in the Crimson Tide defensive backfield.
I’m tryna tell ya👀❌ https://t.co/uDvMFmDnGn
— Kinggchi👑🎒 (@malachi_moore13) August 17, 2018