One of the more interesting recruiting battles in the Southeastern Conference for the 2020 recruiting cycle rages on with Arik Gilbert seemingly far from making his final decision when it comes to which program he will ultimately sign. While a decision date may be far off, Gilbert is ready to begin taking his official visits with the Crimson Tide getting the first opportunity to impress the Marietta, Ga., native.
On Tuesday, the Marietta High School standout announced he will visit Tuscaloosa this weekend for an official visit. Following this visit, Gilbert will have only four official visits he can take before signing with a college program.
If you are unfamiliar with Gilbert’s recruitment, he is listed as a top 10 prospect in the country and the No. 1 athlete according to 247Sports Composite Rankings in the 2020 recruiting cycle. Georgia’s No. 2 overall rated prospect recently announced a top 10 of Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Tennessee and Texas A&M in the SEC with Clemson, Oklahoma, Penn State and USC making the list outside the conference.
While his list may span double-digit teams at the moment, Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee are currently the favorites to land the five-star recruit.
The 6-foot-5, 245-pound prospect has caught 142 passes for 1,780 yards and 21 touchdowns for Marietta High School during his sophomore and junior seasons. He also plays defense for Marietta, racking up 126 tackles and 12 sacks during that time.
Check out his junior season highlight reel below: