The biggest news on Friday was the unraveling of Jordan Battle’s commitmentand the eventual flip away from the Buckeyes.
If things go as Battle — and Alabama — want them to, it seems he’ll sign with the Crimson Tide on signing day, eschewing a formal announcement of his decommitment before then.
Here’s the curious part about that, though: there’s some who believe that Alabama is asking Battle to not make a public decision prior to signing day because they fear him doing that will lead to issues with the Crimson Tide’s ability to hang on to 5-star safety Daxton Hill.
Unlike Ohio State, which has recruited Battle as a cornerback, Alabama seems him as a safety and though Hill, who is the country’s best safety prospect, isn’t concerned about competition, he’d prefer that the Tide not bring in a third safety alongside him and Maryland 4-star Demarcco Hellams.
Now, I am not suggesting at all that Battle is going to stick with Ohio State, but I will say if the Hill thing becomes a real issue, I don’t think Nick Saban and Alabama would risk losing him by bringing Battle on board. In fact, I will say that ifBattle were to end up on the outside looking in with Alabama because of this, there’s as good a chance he’d sign with Oklahoma as Ohio State, because simply put, the uncertainty around the Buckeyes coaching staff is heading into January is just hard for Ryan Day to sell, no matter how well he connected with Battle and his family.