Byron Young signs with Alabama while two other commitments head elsewhere

Consensus 4-star defensive lineman continued recruiting process right up to National Signing Day

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama added its 25th player in the recruiting Class of 2019, when defensive tackle Byron Young signed his letter of intent on Wednesday morning.

Young showed up to his signing ceremony at West Jones High School in Laurel, Miss., wearing a Crimson Tide dress shirt.

The consensus 4-star player had been committed to Alabama since July, but had visited Ole Miss, Mississippi State and LSU over the last month.

He's rated as the No. 77 player in the nation by the 247Sports composite, No. 105 by ESPN and No. 103 by Rivals.

Re-stocking the defensive line was a huge priority for Nick Saban, who had already added Antonio Alfano, D.J. Dale, Justin Eboigbe and Braylen Ingraham during the early-signing period.

The early morning announcements on National Signing Day included three players who had verbally committed to Alabama, but Young was the only one to follow through.

Khris Bogle, a consensus 4-star defensive end Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons, had committed to Alabama during All-American Bowl last month and continued to visit other schools. He ended up changing his mind and opting for Florida.

Christian Williams, a 4-star cornerback from Daphne, Ala., was not expected to sign with Alabama. He chose Miami.

Update: The original version of this story had King Mwikuta and Kevin Harris II listed as a defensive linemen. Alabama's updated release has them as linebackers.