Alabama graduated in 2022 with the second-rate recruiting class, losing only to Texas A&M. Name, image and likeness seeped into the recruiting, and Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban mentioned it was losing potential customers as a result. Still, visits are a crucial part of the process, and June will see Alabama get a chance to impress some of 2023’s best.
At least six five-star players and nine players on 247Sports’ composite top 100 list will visit Tuscaloosa in the coming weeks. Along with some top-flight positional goals like tackle Olaus Alinen and Hutchinson (Kansas) CC transfer Malik Benson, it’s going to be a busy month for the Crimson Tide coaches as preparation continues for next season. Here are some of the biggest high school visitors you should know about:
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3rd of June: Brandon Inniss
In 2022, Alabama landed an elite recruit from Florida powerhouse American Heritage in cornerback Earl Little Jr. It’s no surprise that Heritage have a few more blue chips this cycle, most notably the nation’s top receiver. Inniss, listed at 6ft, 190lbs, is the No. 10 recruit in the country and an all-around stud. He recorded a 4.68 second 40 time and 4.44 second shuttle in 2019. He also played a few quarterbacks last season, scoring 11 touchdowns. USC and Ohio State appear to be at the top for Inniss ahead of his summer trips.
the 10th of June: Arch Manning, Eli Holstein, Kadyn Proctor, and Richard Young
It wouldn’t be too far-fetched to say that Alabama’s future quarterback will be on campus for the weekend of June 10th. Manning and Holstein, the signal callers ranked first and eighth in the country, will get closer to their collegiate elections the next day as we head back to Bryant-Denny Stadium. According to 247Sports Steve Wiltfong, Manning is scheduled for three official visits in June, starting with Georgia, then Alabama and Texas. Both Louisiana quarterbacks have had strong spring performances in national recruits. Georgia and Texas appear to be Manning’s top contenders, while LSU is vying for Holstein.
Alabama appears to be making a late push for the nation’s top offensive line recruit. Proctor has long been destined to stay home near Southeast (Iowa) Polk and commit to the Hawkeyes an hour and a half away. But the Crimson Tide secured a voyage in April and an official next month. Proctor, a 6-foot-7, 330-pound agile tackle, is the seventh-best player in 2023.
Along with Holstein, Young is the other player on this list currently projected for the Crimson Tide. The Lehigh (Fla.) senior running back is the 19th recruit in the nation and the second-best ball carrier at 5-foot-11, 200-pounds. He’s an explosive talent, averaging nine yards per attempt as a junior. His upcoming visit list includes Georgia and Ohio state, but the Crimson Tide could be looking to secure a verbal call ahead of his senior year.
17th of June: Caleb Downs
Secondary is always a focus for the Crimson Tide on the recruiting path and this year was no different. Alabama has secured two defensemen so far in 2023, with Jahlil Hurley and Elliot Washington already committed. Downs would be the second five-star player in that group (Hurley) and would provide positional coach Travaris Robinson with another versatile, senior-level safety that could make an early impact. Mill (Ga.) Creek ranks Downs as the highest rated safety in the country.
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