Nick Saban won't get to take his shot after all.
Five-star defensive end J.T. Tuimoloau has decided to cancel his official visit to Alabama that was previously scheduled to take place this weekend, per Brandon Huffman of 247Sports. Instead, he'll make a selection between the other four finalists – Ohio State, Oregon, Washington and USC.
Tuimoloau, the nation's No. 3 overall prospect and the Buckeyes' top remaining target in the 2021 cycle, has already taken official visits to Columbus, Eugene, Seattle and Los Angeles in the month of June. He told Huffman that he plans to "focus on the four schools I’ve visited."
"I think I have a pretty good idea of what each of the four schools I’ve visited offer and now I’m going to discuss things as a family and come to a decision," Tuimoloau said to 247Sports.
Ohio State has long been viewed as a frontrunner – or the frontrunner – for Tuimoloau.
He visited the Buckeyes last week, following visit to Washington and USC, and took his official visit to Oregon in the middle of this week. The Crimson Tide and Ducks have lurked as the other primary competitors in this drawn-out recruitment.
If Tuimoloau ends up in Columbus, he'd be the top-rated defensive player to sign with the Buckeyes in the modern recruiting era.