Top-10 DE has family connection to Alabama, but Georgia might be making him bigger priority

Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Roll Tide-ings, a rundown of everything happening in Alabama Crimson Tide recruiting with Chris Kirschner. In this edition, we talk the latest with one of the top 10 defensive ends in the country.

Justin Eboigbe in no rush to make his decision

Justin Eboigbe (pronounced E-boy-be) made his first visit to Alabama last month for the team’s junior day event. It was a big recruiting visit for Eboigbe because the 4-star defensive end from Forest Park (Ga.) High School left with a scholarship offer.

“It was huge getting that offer from Nick Saban and Coach [Tosh] Lupoi,” Eboigbe told SEC Country. “It meant a lot to get that from the national champions. Knowing how many people came from that school, they only want the best of the best.”

The offer also was big for Eboigbe and his family because of his connection to the program.

“A lot of my family members are Alabama fans,” Eboigbe said. “Since a lot of my family is from Alabama, they grew up Alabama fans.”

That’s going to keep the Tide in the mix until Eboigbe makes his decision. He said he hears from defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski and defensive coordinator Lupoi on a weekly basis. The consistency that Alabama has shown over the years in producing top talent and competing for championships is what intrigues him the most about the program.

But that’s not going to be the reason for why he chooses any school when it comes time to make his decision.

“I’m looking for chemistry with the coaches and chemistry with the players,” Eboigbe said. “I want to find that feel where I can leave home and feel comfortable being there.”

Right now, the school that might have an edge in that category for the nation’s No. 9 strongside defensive end is Georgia. Eboigbe said he’s constantly talking to Bulldogs defensive line coach Tray Scott and coach Kirby Smart.

The Bulldogs also started recruiting Eboigbe a bit earlier in the year than the Tide. While that relationship with Alabama is still building, the one he has with the Georgia staff is formed.

“Georgia started recruiting me earlier in the year,” Eboigbe told Jeff Sentell of DawgNation. “As opposed to Alabama coming in later. I don’t get as much contact and calls from the coaches at Alabama as I hear from the coaches at Georgia.

“I haven’t spoken to Coach Saban yet as much as I have spoken to Coach Smart.”

But that’s because the offer was just extended to Eboigbe just a few weeks ago. He had been in communication with Lupoi, who told him that he wanted him to visit Tuscaloosa to get a feel for the school and talk to Saban in person.

That conversation with Saban resonated with Eboigbe.

“He was just telling me about life and going to the school,” he said. “He was saying how they hold their players accountable. That’s what a lot of former and present players talk about. They are going to get the best out of you.”

Eboigbe said he believes both Alabama and Georgia are going to get official visits from him at a later date. What might be the Tide’s advantage over the Dogs goes back to his family connection to the state of Alabama. His grandmother, to whom he’s very close, lives in the Yellowhammer State.

“She’s really been there for me a lot in my life,” said Eboigbe, who said he plans to study sports management in college. “She’s been right there for me with my mother.”

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