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The latest on Alabama’s chances with nation’s No. 1 ILB Nakobe Dean
Alabama is off to an excellent recruiting start, and you should expect the Crimson Tide to continue its success. SEC Country’s Chris Kirschner will answer the Recruiting Question of the Day each weekday. You can ask him your questions on Twitter or on Facebook. Find our previous questions and answers here.
Nakobe Dean, the nation’s No. 1 inside linebacker in the 2019 class from Horn Lake (Miss.) High School, has Alabama as one of his top schools. But there are numerous schools still in the mix for Dean, such as Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Notre Dame and Stanford.
Dean’s recruitment is wide open, according to multiple sources I have spoken with in the past few weeks.
Alabama is one of his top schools out of that group if we follow the visits. He’s been to Alabama, LSU and Ole Miss the most. His brother currently attends Ole Miss, and he’s visited that school more than Bama and LSU. However, Dean is adamant that it won’t play any factor.
Depth charts also will not factor in Dean’s decision. He told SEC Country that he knows he must work to start at whichever school he attends. Inside linebacker is one of the Tide’s biggest needs after signing only one prospect in the 2018 class.
Alabama has a few things working in its favor. Dean seeks a school where he can compete against the top players daily, something the Tide can offer. He’s also emphasizing relationships. That helps the Tide too, because out of all the coaches he communicates with, inside linebackers coach Pete Golding is one of Dean’s closest relationships.
And arguably the most important thing to Dean is academics. He possesses a 4.7 GPA and is interested in majoring in engineering. Dean met with the head of the engineering department at Alabama and left impressed with the program. Because of his academic prowess, Stanford is a big player in Dean’s recruitment. If he ends up taking an official visit to Palo Alto, the Cardinal could end up being the team to beat.
Dean likely will make his decision in December. A date to keep in mind is his birthday on Dec. 13. He will be an early enrollee, so his decision will come before the final day of the early signing period on Dec. 21.
As for the second part of your question, Blake, wide receiver is one of the biggest unknowns in the 2019 class. Two receiver targets, Jake Smith and Marcus Washington, just cut Alabama from their top schools.
Devonta Lee is a clear target and one who I think will choose Alabama. After him, there are lots of unknowns. Four-star prospects Mycah Pittman, Milton Wright, Jameson Williams and Zion Puckett are names to know. After them, there are lots of unknowns.
Wide receiver likely will be a position that won’t be fully sorted out until after Alabama’s summer camps next month.
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