College Football Recruiting: Predictions for uncommitted five-star recruits

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Dec 6, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide mascot Big Al waves a flag after a touchdown in the fourth quarter of their game against the Missouri Tigers in the 2014 SEC Championship at the Georgia Dome. Alabama beat Missouri 42-13. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Who: 5-Star OLB Lyndell Wilson

  • Hometown/High School: Montgomery AL, /Carver
  • Rankings: No. 10 overall, No. 1 OLB and No. 1 AL.

Wilson will make his presence known on the field. He is your classic heavy-hitting linebacker, and does well when dropping back into coverage. He excels at stopping the run and stripping the ball away from the ball carrier. In the 2014 campaign, he tallied 86 tackles, nine sacks, five forced fumbles, two interceptions, and a touchdown, so it is no exaggeration when I say he is all over the field.

I see him staying in-state and going to Tuscaloosa to join Nick Saban at Alabama. Wilson’s abilities and the way he plays fits right into the SEC mold: physical, hard-nosed football.

Alabama’s 2016 class ranks No. 4 in the country and No. 2 in the SEC per the 247Sports Composite Rankings. A commitment from Wilson would be the second five-star commit of the class (second if Ben Davis commits.)

The program already offered him on April 24, 2014 and he has since taken five unofficial visits to Tuscaloosa with one of them being a school camp on May 31. Defensive coordinator Kirby Smart and defensive line coach Bo Davis have also visited Wilson, so the Tide have made it known that the linebacker is on the top of their list.

Auburn is also in the hunt, but all signs point to him joining Nick Saban and his staff.

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