Alabama is trending in the 247Sports Crystal Ball for one of Ohio State’s top-ranked commits in the 2019 class, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas four-star safety Jordan Battle.
The Crimson Tide have received a run of Crystal Ball predictions over the past two days and now lead the way with 72 percent of the predictions. The remaining 28 percent is evenly split between Ohio State and Oklahoma, who each hold 14 percent.
Battle originally committed to the Buckeyes on June 29, but the recent announcement that head coach Urban Meyer was stepping down at the end of the season has helped open the door for the Crimson Tide to make a move for the highly-touted defensive back.
The Crimson Tide have already flipped two blue chip defensive backs this week in five-star safety Daxton Hill and four-star cornerback Jeffery Carter, who were previously committed to Michigan and Texas A&M, respectively.
According to the 247Sports Composite, Battle is ranked as the nation’s No. 77 overall prospect and No. 6 safety in the class of 2019. He’s also the No. 10 overall player in the Sunshine State.
Battle’s primary recruiter at Alabama is running backs coach Joe Pannunzio, while defensive backs coach Karl Scott is also assisting in his recruitment. He holds 27 reported offers.
In 13 games as a senior at St. Thomas Aquinas, Battle tallied 27 tackles, one tackle for loss, one sack and three interceptions. He also had a pair of return touchdowns on special teams, including one kickoff return and one punt return.
At the Opening Finals, the 6-foot-1, 192-pounder posted a 4.61 40-yard dash, a 4.20 20-yard shuttle, a 34-inch vertical and a 40.5-inch Power Ball throw, giving him a SPARQ rating of 113.52.
Here’s a look at the player evaluation for Battle via 247Sports National Recruiting Analyst Charles Power.
“Good height and length. Has added some solid weight over the course of his career. Good all-around athlete who doubles as a basketball player. Is a key player for one of the nation’s top high school teams. Has performed well on the big stage against top competition. Reliable and versatile. Good instincts and playing speed. Effective as a blitzer and makes plays in the return game. Does a good job reading the quarterback and receivers when in deep coverage. May lack some of the ‘wow factor’ of other top safeties and can improve his striking power. Projects as a multi-year Power 5 starter with the ability to be an impact player and leader of a top defense.”
With 24 commits for the 2019 recruiting cycle, Alabama currently boasts the No. 1 class in the country according to the 247Sports Composite Team Rankings. The Crimson Tide’s 2019 class is headlined by a pair of five-star prospects in Tulsa (Okla.) Booker T. Washington safety Daxton Hill and Colonia (N.J.) defensive end Antonio Alfano. The full class can be seen below.
2019 ALABAMA COMMITS
5-star S Daxton Hill | Tulsa, Okla. | Composite: 0.9948, No. 8 Overall, No. 1 S
5-star SDE Antonio Alfano | Colonia, N.J. | Composite: 0.9867, No. 28 Overall, No. 3 SDE
4-star OT Pierce Quick | Trussville, Ala. | Composite: 0.9827, No. 35 Overall, No. 6 OT
4-star OT Amari Kight | Alabaster, Ala. | Composite: 0.9744, No. 52 Overall, No. 8 OT
4-star ILB Shane Lee | Baltimore, Md. | Composite: 0.9650, No. 70 Overall, No. 5 ILB
4-star SDE Justin Eboigbe | Forest Park, Ga. | Composite: 0.9636, No. 75 Overall, No. 5 SDE
4-star SDE Byron Young | Laurel, Miss. | Composite: 0.9593, No. 88 Overall, No. 6 SDE
4-star CB Jeffery Carter | Mansfield, Texas | Composite: 0.9589, No. 91 Overall, No. 11 CB
4-star S DeMarcco Hellams | Hyattsville, Md. | Composite: 0.9576, No. 94 Overall, No. 7 S
4-star CB Brandon Turnage | Oxford, Miss. | Composite: 0.9557, No. 99 Overall, No. 12 CB
4-star QB Taulia Tagovailoa | Alabaster, Ala. | Composite: 0.9502, No. 110 Overall, No. 5 PRO
4-star WDE Kevin Harris | Loganville, Ga. | Composite: 0.9492, No. 113 Overall, No. 5 WDE
4-star CB Christian Williams | Daphne, Ala. | Composite: 0.9490, No. 115 Overall, No. 13 CB
4-star ILB Christian Harris | Baton Rouge, La. | Composite: 0.9386, No. 145 Overall, No. 9 ILB
4-star WDE King Mwikuta | Lagrange, Ga. | Composite: 0.9312, No. 160 Overall, No. 9 WDE
4-star SDE Braylen Ingraham | Fort Lauderdale, Fla. | Composite: 0.9221, No. 190 Overall, No. 14 SDE
4-star DT DJ Dale | Pinson, Ala. | Composite: 0.9095, No. 249 Overall, No. 15 DT
4-star QB Paul Tyson | Trussville, Ala. | Composite: 0.9086, No. 253 Overall, No. 8 PRO
4-star WR John Metchie | Hightstown, N.J. | Composite: 0.9045, No. 278 Overall, No. 42 WR
4-star OG Tanner Bowles | Glasgow, Ky. | Composite: 0.9033, No. 287 Overall, No. 17 OG
4-star TE Jahleel Billingsley | Chicago, Ill. | Composite: 0.8998, No. 311 Overall, No. 10 TE
4-star OG Darrian Dalcourt | Baltimore, Md. | Composite: 0.8958, No. 332 Overall, No. 19 OG
4-star RB Keilan Robinson | Washington, D.C. | Composite: 0.8925, No. 364 Overall, No. 20 RB
3-star K Will Reichard | Hoover, Ala. | Composite: 0.8414, No. 1306 Overall, No. 1 K