According to numerous reports, the University of Alabama will host four-star safety Corian Gipson and four-star cornerback Jaden Allen on Jan. 28. The two defensemen are both from Texas and Allen is already signed to the Longhorns.
The 6-foot, 165-pound Lancaster High School, Texas contestant is ranked the ninth-best junior in the state and the No. 5 in safety in the Class of 2024, according to On3 recruitment.
Gipson comes to Tuscaloosa with the University of Texas at the top of his list when he visited Austin yesterday.
The stereotypical downside of Gipson’s smaller physique doesn’t show up in his highlights. Gipson is an aggressive tackler who aims low enough to consistently ground his opponent.
His height is relatively average for the position, but he could jump with the best of them. Most of Gipson’s pass breakups were on deep balls and fade routes where the opposing quarterback could guarantee his receiver would make the play.
One of Gipson’s best qualities is its speed. He often appeared as a cornerback and could consistently stay at wide receiver, a position designed to be faster than a traditional safety.
The 5-foot-10, 150-pound prospect from Aledo High School, Texas, is ranked the 33rd-best junior in the state and consensus No. 19 cornerback in the Class of 2024, according to On3 Recruitment.
Despite his commitment to the University of Texas, Allen will be taking the Tuscaloosa tour with Gipson on Saturday.
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Allen’s highlights show many different attributes where the Crimson Tide has excelled, but his most notable attribute is a controversial one: route jumping.
Former Alabama standout and two-time Pro Bowler Trevon Diggs was taunted every week of the 2021-22 season for constantly jumping routes, which led to the most interceptions in the league but the most yards allowed.
Allen’s ability to quickly look the quarterback in the eye and sprint in front of receiver to make a play is preternatural. He’s mastered this attribute since his freshman year at university.
An underestimated advantage of cornerbacks is their ability to recover when opposing receivers open up. When confronted with a curl route, Allen quickly returns to attack the receiver, consistently preventing long wins. In most other games, Allen had the speed to stay with the receiver and was unfazed when taking on complex routes.
Allen also showed his potential to blitz the quarterback, dodge blockers, and make numerous tackles from behind the line of scrimmage.
Gipson and Allen are two defenders that the Crimson Tide could really use for their exceptional speed, pass breakup and ball falking skills, and aggression despite their smaller frames.
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