Friday, September 20, 2013
Early Offer: Bama’s Napier climbing charts
By Jeremy Crabtree
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's latest feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Billy Napier has a great reputation as a recruiter and is proving it this season for the Crimson Tide; despite a season-ending injury, running back Shai McKenzie received good news from schools recruiting him; Auburn could be the team to watch in the SEC if the Tigers continue to win ball games.
Napier showcasing recruiting skills
This past spring, I was asked to make bold predictions about what will happen with the 2014 class. One of those projections was Alabama receivers’ coach Billy Napier would be the next big thing in SEC recruiting. While most of the attention has been placed on the tremendous -- and I truly mean tremendous -- jobs Florida’s Travaris Robinson and Auburn’s Dameyune Craig have done so far, Napier is also building a strong résumé for national recruiter of the year after landing commitments from five-star offensive tackle Cameron Robinson (West Monroe, La./West Monroe) and four-star receiver Cameron Sims (Monroe, La./Ouachita Parish). He’s also working on five-star defensive end Myles Garrett (Arlington, Texas/Martin), five-star athlete Speedy Noil (New Orleans/Edna Karr) and four-star receiver Malachi Dupre (New Orleans/John Curtis), so his haul likely isn’t done yet.
Three-star running back Shai McKenzie (Washington, Pa./Washington) suffered a major setback last week when he tore his ACL. However, McKenzie, the No. 9 player in Pennsylvania and the nation’s No. 51 running back, said on Twitter earlier this week that coaches from all of his top schools are sticking with him and not taking away any of the scholarship offers. McKenzie’s most recent top five included Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, Florida State, Georgia Tech and Arkansas. He plans to take official visits later this fall.
Keep eye on Auburn
Even if Auburn isn’t able to pull the upset this weekend and beat LSU in Death Valley, things are certainly looking up for the Tigers. The early season success has helped Auburn sustain recruiting momentum, pushing the class to No. 15 overall in the RecruitingNation class rankings. With only 14 commitments, experience tells me if Auburn continues to show success on the field, there’s a great chance this could be a top-10 class by signing day.