Where Alabama commits rank in latest 247Sports Composite update
ByHank South 16 hours ago
It's a three-team battle between Alabama, Clemson and LSU for the top spot in the 247Sports Composite Team Recruiting Rankings, with each program spending time at No. 1 in the standings in recent weeks.
The Bayou Bengals currently claim the No. 1 spot with the Crimson Tide coming in at No. 2, but with how narrow the margin is between the three teams in the standings, one commitment or decommitment could change the entire order.
Affecting that order is the 247Sports Composite Rankings, an industry-generated average. Those rankings were updated this week with several Alabama commits moving up in the standings.
Here's a look at where they currently sit, along with the latest in their recruitments.
What is the 247Sports Composite?
The 247Sports Composite Rating is a proprietary algorithm that compiles prospect "rankings" and "ratings" listed in the public domain by the major media recruiting services. It converts average industry ranks and ratings into a linear composite index capping at 1.0000, which indicates a consensus No. 1 prospect across all services.
The 247Sports Composite Rating is the industry's most comprehensive and unbiased prospect ranking and is also used to generate 247Sports Team Recruiting Rankings.
CB Jahquez Robinson, OL Seth McLaughlin, TE Caden Clark, ATH De'Rickey Wright
Alabama has a quartet of talented three-star commitments in its class thus far. They are:
Jahquez Robinson, CB, Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood -- No. 666 in the country
Seth McLaughlin, OT, Buford (Ga.) -- No. 593 in the country
Caden Clark, TE, Akron (Ohio) Archbishop Hoban -- No. 460 in the country
De'Rickey Wright, ATH, Attalla (Ala.) Etowah -- No. 372 in the country
Notes: Of Alabama's three-star commitments, McLaughlin saw the biggest jump in the 247Sports Composite this week, up 341 spots with the latest industry update. Wright is a four-star recruit, according to 247Sports' own rankings. All four commits remain solid with the Tide at this time. Robinson plans to use official visits elsewhere, with LSU being the main competition. Wright may continue taking visits as well.
DT Jah-Marien Latham
Latham checks in at No. 281 in the country, according to the latest industry updates this week. The Reform (Ala.) Pickens County is coming off being named the Class 1A Lineman of the Year in 2018 after posting 82 tackles, including 17.5 tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks. It comes as no surprise that schools are working hard to flip the 6-foot-3, 280-pounder from UA. Latham has been to Auburn a couple of times this offseason, but has been on campus at Alabama most frequently. He remains a firm commitment with the Tide heading into the summer months.
WR Traeshon Holden
The one-time Baltimore (Md.) St. Frances Academy standout has taken his talents to the West Coast and enrolled at Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne. In this week's industry update, Holden checks in at No. 244 in the country, up seven spots. 247Sports is highest on the 6-foot-3, 195-pounder, ranking him the No. 117 overall player and the No. 21 wideout in what is a loaded class of pass catchers in the 2020 cycle. Holden has and will continue taking visits elsewhere, with the West Coast schools like USC, UCLA and Oregon more of a factor in his recruitment after his move. However, the four-star wideout maintains that he is firm with Alabama after two visits to the Capstone this spring.
WR Dazalin Worsham
Worsham is in at No. 212 in the country in this week's update. The Hewitt-Trussville (Ala.) star will be one of the centerpieces of the Huskies offense this upcoming fall, coming off making the Class 7A All-State Second Team in 2018. The four-star wideout that caught 87 passes for 1,022 yards and 13 touchdowns last season hasn't been able to participate in many camps this offseason after undergoing a couple of surgeries, most recently a hip procedure last month. The longtime Tide pledge is firm with Alabama, but is still expected to take visits elsewhere to programs like Georgia, LSU and Tennessee, among others.
S Javier Morton
Alabama's longest-standing commitment in the 2020 class, Morton is in at No. 196 in the country. 247Sports is higher on the Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson talent, ranking him No. 132 overall. Morton committed to the Tide way back in December of 2017 and has not fully wavered since. In recent weeks, Morton made some interesting comments coming out of a Clemson visit, but has since adamantly reaffirmed his pledge to the Tide. Still, though, the four-star safety remains one to watch when it comes to commits looking elsewhere. He went on record saying he could only see himself ending up with the Tide or the Tigers when it's all said and done.
ILB Jackson Bratton
The linebacker position overall, both inside and out, are big needs in the 2020 class. Bratton, who ranks No. 180 in the country in the latest update, committed to the Tide a little over a year ago and has been solid ever since despite taking visits elsewhere to schools like Auburn, Ole Miss and Texas A&M. The Muscle Shoals (Ala.) standout visited Tuscaloosa twice in the month of April despite having a busy schedule with baseball. The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder is coming off making the Class 6A First Team defense in 2018 after racking up 155 tackles and seven sacks on the year.
WR Javon Baker
Baker is up two spots to No. 162 in the nation in this week's update. The Powder Spring (Ga.) McEachern product has done nothing but impress this offseason, winning MVP honors at more than one camp, including The Opening Regional in Atlanta. The four-star wideout has drawn comparisons to former Tide great Calvin Ridley with his style of play. Baker hasn't necessarily shut down his recruitment and has taken visits to schools like LSU and Georgia Tech. He has plans to use his official visits as well. However, he has been to Tuscaloosa multiple times this offseason and says he's locked in with the Tide.
RB Roydell Williams
Williams, who checks in at No. 160 in the country, committed to Alabama over Auburn during an unofficial visit for the Iron Bowl last November. The Hueytown (Ala.) product has posted arguably the most eye-popping stats of all the Bama commits, rushing for 2,757 yards and 32 touchdowns last season on the way to earning Class 6A First Team All-State honors. The four-star back doesn't talk much about recruiting, but has said he will take visits to schools like Georgia Tech and Tennessee, among other spots. However, the 5-foot-10, 202-pounder, who has drawn comparisons to Tide great Josh Jacobs, is firm with Alabama as it stands.
S Brian Branch
One of Alabama's most dynamic commits, Branch saw a big boost in the rankings up to No. 152 in the country, up 73 spots. 247Sports is the highest outlet on the UA commit, ranking him No. 95 in the nation. A product of Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek, Branch recently committed to the Tide over Oklahoma and Tennessee. He may still use visits elsewhere, but is solid with his decision as it stands. Branch is recruited as a safety, but has the ability to play either side of the ball need be. 247Sports' Charles Power compared the Georgia talent to former UA great Eddie Jackson.
CB Malachi Moore, DT Jayson Jones, ATH Drew Sanders, WDE Chris Braswell
As we grouped the three-star recruits together above, we do the same with the elite -- or just on the cusp of elite status (Top100 of the 247Sports Composite) -- here:
Malachi Moore, CB, Hewitt-Trussville (Ala.) -- No. 114 in the country
Jayson Jones, DT, Calera (Ala.) -- No. 88 in the country
Drew Sanders, ATH, Denton (Texas) Ryan -- No. 34 in the country
Chris Braswell, WDE, Baltimore (Md.) St. Frances Academy -- No. 12 in the country
Notes: Braswell is the Tide's lone five-star commit as it stands. Sanders is just outside the cusp of a five-star grade on the Composite. 247Sports ranks the newest Tide pledge No. 16 in the nation, giving him a great opportunity to eventually earn his fifth star when all is said and done. All four are solid with the Tide. Jones is probably the one to watch closest when it comes to looking elsewhere since he plans to take all five official visits.