Meet Alabama's top-rated recruiting Class of 2019

Crimson Tide adds 22 players on the first day of the early-signing period

The University of Alabama had the nation's top recruiting class on Wednesday, the first day of the early-signing period, as 23 players signed their letter of intent to play for the Crimson Tide.

Another three players have made commitments, but aren't planning to accept their scholarships until National Signing Day on Feb. 6.

Although the paperwork for running back Trey Sanders wasn't turned in until late Wednesday night, among the 23 players were:

  • Three 5-star prospects (by at least one of the following: 247Sports, Rivals, ESPN): Antonio Alfano, Evan Neal and Trey Sanders
  • 19 4-star prospects (by at least one of the following: 247Sports, Rivals, ESPN): Jordan Battle, Jahleel Billingsley, Tanner Bowles, Jeffery Carter, Darrian Dalcourt, D.J. Dale, Justin Eboigbe, Christian Harris, Kevin Harris II, DeMarcus Hellams, Braylen Ingraham, Amari Kight, Shane Lee, John Metchie, King Mwikuta, Pierce Quick, Taulia Tagovailoa, Brandon Turnage and Paul Tyson
  • 12 players selected to participate in the Under Armour All-America Game: Jordan Battle, Jeffery Carter, Darrien Dalcourt, Justin Eboigbe, Kevin Harris II, Amari Kight, Shane Lee, King Mwikuta, Evan Neal, Pierce Quick, Will Reichard and Brandon Turnage
  • Four players selected to participate in the Army All American Bowl: Antonio Alfano, Christian Harris, Trey Sanders and Taulia Tagovailoa
  • 19 players in the ESPN300: Antonio Alfano, Jordan Battle, Tanner Bowles, Jeffery Carter, D.J. Dale, Justin Eboigbe, Christian Harris, Kevin Harris II, DeMarcus Hellams, Braylen Ingraham, Amari Kight, Shane Lee, King Mwikuta, Evan Neal, Pierce Quick, Trey Sanders Taulia Tagovailoa, Brandon Turnage and Paul Tyson
  • Seven players in the Rivals100: Antonio Alfano, DeMarco Hellams, Amari Kight, Shane Lee, Evan Neal, Trey Sanders and Pierce Quick; 16 players in the Rivals250: Antonio Alfano, Jordan Battle, Jahleel Billngsley, Justin Eboigbe, Kevin Harris II, DeMarco Hellams, Braylen Ingraham, Amari Kight, Shane Lee, John Metchie, King Mwikuta, Evan Neal, Pierce Quick, Tret Sanders, Taulia Tagovailoa and Brandon Turnage
  • The nation’s top kicking prospect: Will Reichard (ESPN.com, Rivals.com, 247Composite)

Antonio Alfano

DE, 6-4, 285, Colonia, N.J./Colonia

One of the top-rated defensive ends in the 2019 recruiting cycle … tabbed as a consensus five-star prospect and the top player in the state of New Jersey … rated as the No. 1 strongside defensive end by 247Sports and on the 247Composite … tabbed the No. 8 player in the nation by 247Sports while the Composite lists him as the 28th-best … ranked the No. 2 defensive tackle prospect and the 22nd-rated player in the country by Rivals.com … the No. 87 player on the ESPN300 … listed as the No. 12 defensive tackle in the recruiting class by ESPN.com … the second-ranked defensive tackle and No. 24 player nationally by PrepStar … selected to participate in the All-American Game in San Antonio, Texas … earned first team all-state honors following his senior season … recorded 76 tackles, including 28 tackles for loss, and added 10 sacks, 10 quarterback hurries and six forced fumbles during 2018 … also saw time as one of the Patriots’ top offensive linemen, clearing the way for a Colonia offense that ran for 2,575 yards in 10 games … coached by Tom Roarty at Colonia … chose Alabama over Boston College, Florida, Florida State, Georgia and LSU among his nearly 30 offers.

Jordan Battle

DB, 6-1, 187, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas

Joins the Crimson Tide as one of the nation’s top-rated safeties from the talent-rich state of Florida … a four-star prospect by all major recruiting outlets … No. 123 on the ESPN300 and the No. 5 safety by ESPN.com … 247Sports rates him as the No. 4 safety nationally and the eighth-ranked player in the Sunshine State … the No. 6 safety in the nation and No. 10 player his home state on the 247Composite … Rivals.com lists him as the No. 12 safety and 17th overall prospect out of Florida … selected to the Under Armour All-America Game roster … participated in Nike’s “The Opening” Finals in Frisco, Texas, in 2018 … recorded 27 tackles, including one for loss, with a sack and three interceptions as a senior … a two-sport athlete who also participated in basketball for the Raiders … attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., where he was coached by Roger Harriott … chose Alabama over Miami, Ohio State and Oklahoma.

Jahleel Billingsley

TE, 6-4, 216, Chicago, Ill./Phillips Academy

One of the top athletes at tight end in this year’s recruiting cycle … a four-star prospect by all four major outlets who possesses size and speed to go with overall athleticism … the No. 7 tight end nationally and third-ranked player from Illinois by Rivals.com … rated as the No. 4 player in Illinois on the 247Composite and by 247Sports … the No. 10 tight end in the nation on the Composite and the 13th-rated player at his position by 247Sports … ranked the No. 11 tight end in the nation to go with a No. 35 ranking in the Midwest Region and the No. 6 prospect from Illinois by ESPN.com … a four-star prospect and a Top 350 All-American by PrepStar … participated in Nike’s “The Opening” Finals in Frisco, Texas, in 2018 … helped lead Phillips Academy to the Class 5A state championship as a junior and the Class 6A state quarterfinals a year later … multi-sport athlete who also participated in basketball for the Wildcats … first player from Illinois signed by the Crimson Tide since 1997 … coached by Troy McAllister at Phillips Academy in Chicago, Ill. … chose Alabama over Auburn, Florida, LSU, Michigan and Ohio State.

Tanner Bowles

OL, 6-5, 280, Glasgow, Ky./Glasgow

Ranked as one the top offensive guards in the 2019 class … tabbed as a four-star prospect by ESPN and 247Sports … one of the top players in the state of Kentucky … 247Sports ranks him as the No. 175 player nationally and the 10th-rated offensive guard … ranked as the No. 24 offensive tackle, the 228th-rated player on the ESPN300 and the third-ranked player in Kentucky … the No. 287 player nationally on the 247Composite to go with the No. 17 offensive guard and No. 5 player in Kentucky … Rivals.com rates him as the No. 10 player in Kentucky … a four-star player and No. 251 on the PrepStar Top 350 All-America Team … ranks as PrepStar’s No. 27 offensive tackle and the fourth-ranked player in Kentucky …played on the Kentucky squad in the 2018 Best of the Bluegrass All-State Game … second team all-state selection across all classes as a junior in 2017 by the Kentucky high school coaches … played at Glasgow High School where he was coached by Jeff Garmon … chose Alabama over Florida State, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU and Louisville.

Jeffery Carter

DB, 6-0, 186, Mansfield, Texas/Mansfield Legacy

One of the top defensive back prospects in this year’s recruiting cycle … unanimous four-star selection by the major recruiting services rated as the No. 37 player nationally in the ESPN 300 … ESPN.com ranks him as the no. 4 cornerback and the No. 7 player in Texas … the 29th rated player nationally and the third-ranked cornerback by 247Sports, which also rated him the No. 5 player in the Lone Star State … 247Composite’s No. 11 cornerback and No. 91 player nationally along with its 17th-rated player in the state … PrepStar lists him as its No. 62 player in the country, No. 6 corner and the No. 10 player in Texas … the No. 48 cornerback nationally and the No. 53 player in Texas by Rivals.com … selected to play in the Under Armour All-American Game … coached by Chris Melson at Mansfield Legacy in Mansfield, Texas … chose Alabama over Oklahoma, Oregon and Texas A&M.

Darrian Dalcourt

OL, 6-3, 290, Baltimore, Md./St. Frances

Another of the top-rated offensive linemen in the 2019 recruiting cycle … tabbed as a consensus four-star offensive guard or center and one of the top players in the state of Maryland … Rivals.com rates him as the No. 3 center in the nation and the No. 4 player in Maryland … ranked as the No. 20 offensive guard and the No. 10 player in the state by ESPN.com … the 247Composite ranks him as the 332nd player nationally and the No. 19 offensive guard … the Composite also has him ranked as the No. 8 player in the state of Maryland … 247Sports Top 247 ranks him 330th nationally and as the No. 21 offensive guard … a four-star prospect by PrepStar and a Top 350 All-American by the publication … ranks as PrepStar’s No. 17 offensive guard and the fourth-ranked player in Maryland … selected to play in the Under Armour All-American Game … the anchor of the offensive line at state champion St. Frances Academy … coached by Biff Poggi at SFA … chose Alabama over Clemson, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State.

DJ Dale

DT, 6-3, 323, Pinson, Ala./Clay-Chalkville

A powerful tackle on the defensive side of the ball who posses size and speed in the middle … four-star prospect by 247Sports, ESPN.com and on the 247Composite … tabbed as a three-star tackle by Rivals.com … the No. 15 defensive tackle and No. 9 player in Alabama on the 247Composite … rated the No. 16 defensive tackle and 11th-ranked prospect in the state by 247Sports … tabbed as the No. 181 prep player on the ESPN300 … listed as the No. 14 defensive tackle and No. 9 player in Alabama by ESPN.com … a four-star prospect and a Top 350 All-American by PrepStar … participated in Nike’s “The Opening” regionals in Buford, Ga. … collected 38 tackles, including 14 for loss, as a junior on his way to Class 6A First Team All-State honors from the Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA) … coached by Jerry Hood at Clay-Chalkville High School in Pinson, Ala. … joins the Crimson Tide after receiving offers from Auburn, Clemson, Florida State and Tennessee among others.

Justin Eboigbe

LB, 6-5, 263, Forest Park, Ga./Forest Park

A highly-regarded defensive end prospect and one of the top players in the state of Georgia … tabbed as a consensus four-star defensive end and one of the best players at any position in the state of Georgia … rated as the No. 5 strongside defensive end prospect and the No. 75 player on the 247Composite … 247Sports ranks him as the No. 53 player nationally, the fifth-rated strongside defensive end and the No. 9 player in his state … ranked 73rd on the ESPN300 and the outlet’s No. 8 defensive end nationally … ESPN.com also rates him as the No. 9 player in Georgia … ranked 161st nationally by Rivals.com and the No. 15 strongside defensive end … a four-star prospect and the No. 67 player on the PrepStar Top 150 Dream Team … ranks as PrepStar’s No. 7 defensive end and the ninth-rated prospect in Georgia … selected to play in the Under Armour All-American Game … coached by Martez Edwards at Forest Park High School in Forest Park, Ga. … chose Alabama over Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Miami and Tennessee.

Christian Harris

LB, 6-2, 239, Baton Rouge, La./University Lab

Versatile player who saw time on offense, defense and special teams as a prep standout … four-star selection by all major recruiting services … ranked the No. 5 player in Louisiana by both ESPN.com and PrepStar … ESPN ranks him as the No. 7 athlete and No. 81 player nationally while PrepStar rates him as the No. 8 linebacker and the 118th player overall … the No. 11 player in the state and 13th-ranked outside linebacker by Rivals.com … listed as the No. 8 player in Louisiana and the 10th-rated inside linebacker by 247Sports … the No. 10 player in Louisiana and ninth-ranked inside linebacker in the class on the 247Composite … selected to play in the All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas … participated in the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge … played wide receiver, safety and returned kicks for University Lab’s back-to-back state championship teams in 2017 and 2018 … helped the Cubs to 26 consecutive wins over his junior and senior seasons … coached by Chad Mahaffey at University Lab School in Baton Rouge, La. … chose Alabama over Auburn, Arkansas, LSU and Texas A&M among others.

Kevin Harris II

DE, 6-4, 228, Loganville, Ga./Grayson

One of the top defensive ends in the country in this recruiting cycle … unanimous four-star selection by all major recruiting services … the nation’s no. 70 player per PrepStar, which ranks him as the No. 8 defensive end and the No. 10 player in Georgia … listed as the No. 5 weakside defensive end on the 247Composite and by 247Sports … the 10th-ranked weakside defensive end and No. 22 player from Georgia by Rivals.com … ESPN.com tabbed him as the No. 11 defensive end and the No. 13 player in the state … selected to play in the Under Armour All-American Game … participated in Nike’s “The Opening” Finals in Frisco, Texas, in 2018 … coached by Christian Hunnicutt at Grayson High School in Loganville, Ga. … chose Alabama over Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson and Miami.

DeMarcco Hellams

DB, 6-1, 203, Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha Catholic

One of the top players in Maryland in this recruiting cycle out of DeMatha Catholic … versatile athlete who starred on both sides of the ball as a senior … unanimous four-star recruit and the No. 3 player in Maryland by all major recruiting services … 247Composite rates him as the No. 7 safety, while 247Sports lists him as its 12th-rated safety … tabbed the No. 8 athlete and the No. 79 player nationally by Rivals.com … listed as the No. 129 prospect on the ESPN300 … ranked as the No. 12 athlete by ESPN.com … rated 71st nationally by PrepStar, which ranks him as its No. 5 athlete … participated in Nike’s “The Opening” Finals in Frisco, Texas, in 2018 … earned Washington Post Metro Offensive Player of the Year honors after catching 78 passes for 1,469 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior … recorded 12 interceptions – three of which he returned for touchdowns – along with 91 tackles at defensive back … contributed two touchdowns, two interceptions and a blocked punt for a safety in DeMatha’s WCAC semifinal victory to help the Stags reach the WCAC championship game … coached by Elijah Brooks at DeMatha Catholic … chose Alabama over Clemson, Kentucky, Louisville and Maryland.

Braylen Ingraham

DE, 6-4, 260, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas

One of the top defensive end prospects in the talent-rich state of Florida in this recruiting cycle … consensus four-star prospect by all major recruiting services … 247Sports rates him the No. 19 player in the Sunshine State and the 13th-ranked strongside defensive end … listed as the No. 27 player in Florida and the No. 14 strongside end on the 247Composite … Rivals.com ranks him as the No. 26 player in the state and the No. 24 strongside end … rated No. 204 in the ESPN300 … tabbed as the No. 33 player in Florida and the 24th-rated defensive end in the class by ESPN.com … listed as PrepStar’s No. 33 player in the state as well as the No. 26 defensive end … coached by Roger Harriott at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. … chose Alabama over Auburn, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Oregon.

Amari Kight

OL, 6-7, 307, Alabaster, Ala./Thompson

One of the top-rated offensive linemen in the 2019 recruiting cycle … tabbed as a consensus four-star offensive tackle and one of the top players in the state of Alabama … rated as the No. 9 offensive tackle and the No. 46 player on the ESPN300 by ESPN.com … ESPN lists him as the third-ranked player in Alabama … the 52nd-ranked player, No. 8 offensive tackle and No. 5 player in Alabama on the 247Composite … 247Sports ranks him as the No. 91 player nationally and the 13th-rated offensive tackle … Rivals.com lists him as the No. 65 player in the country and the No. 10 offensive tackle … a five-star prep standout and the No. 44 prospect on the PrepStar Top 150 Dream Team … ranks as PrepStar’s No. 9 offensive tackle and the fourth-ranked player in Alabama … selected to play in the Under Armour All-American Game … the anchor of the offensive line at Thompson High School that helped the Warriors finish runner-up in Class 7A in the state of Alabama … played in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game … earned First Team All-State recognition as a junior in 2017 by the Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA) … coached by Mark Freeman at Thompson … chose Alabama over Auburn, LSU, Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Texas A&M.

Shane Lee

LB, 6-0, 243, Baltimore, Md./St. Frances Academy

Consensus four-star prospect and one of the top inside linebacker prospects in the 2019 recruiting cycle … rated the No. 1 player in Maryland by 247Composite, Rivals.com and ESPN.com … tabbed the No. 2 player in the state by PrepStar and No. 5 by 247Sports … the top-rated inside linebacker nationally by ESPN.com and its No. 17 player overall on the ESPN300 … rated as the No. 2 inside backer by Rivals.com and PrepStar … ranked No. 46 nationally by Rivals.com while PrepStar rates him 58th … participated in Nike’s “The Opening” Finals in Frisco, Texas, in 2018 … coached by Biff Poggi at St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, Md. … chose Alabama over Clemson, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State.

John Metchie

WR, 6-0, 195, Hightstown, N.J./The Peddie School

Elite athlete at wide receiver who burst onto the scene late in the recruiting cycle … earned four-star rankings across the board … the 16th-ranked athlete and No. 4 overall prep prospect in New Jersey by Rivals.com … the Garden State’s fifth-rated player by both 247Sports and on the 247Composite … ranked by ESPN.com as the No. 36 player in the East Region and No. 7 player from New Jersey … a four-star prospect and a Top 350 All-American by PrepStar … born in Taiwan before moving to Ghana and eventually to Canada from the age of six until high school … traveled to the states to attend St. James School in Hagerstown, Md., before transferring to The Peddie School for his final prep season … recorded more than 1,300 rushing yards, 2,500 receiving yards and 42 touchdowns across his four seasons at St. James … played under Christopher Malleo at The Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J. … selected the Crimson Tide over Georgia, Maryland and Penn State among others.

King Mwikuta

DE, 6-5, 240, West Point, Ga./Troup County

Unanimous four-star selection by the major recruiting services … listed as the No. 9 weakside defensive end by 247Sports and on the 247Composite … the Composite ranks him as the No. 15 player in the state of Georgia … ranked the No. 10 weakside defensive end and the No. 23 player in Georgia by Rivals.com … the No, 202 prospect on the ESPN 300 … listed as the No. 23 defensive end and No. 24 player in the state of Georgia by ESPN.com … the 10th-ranked outside linebacker by Rivals.com, which rates him as the No. 23 player in his home state … PrepStar’s No. 9 linebacker and the No. 24 player in Georgia … selected to play in the Under Armour All-American Game … coached by Tanner Glisson at Troup County High School in West Point, Ga. … chose Alabama over Auburn, Florida, Florida State and Georgia.

Evan Neal

OL, 6-7, 360, Okeechobee, Fla./IMG Academy

An elite offensive tackle prospect and one of the top players at any position in the nation … tabbed as a five-star offensive tackle by 247Sports and Rivals.com and one of the top players in the state of Florida … rated as the No. 2 offensive tackle and the No. 11 player in the nation on the Rivals 100 … Rivals.com also ranks him as the third-best player in Florida … the 20th-ranked player, No. 5 offensive tackle and No. 3 player in Florida on the 247Composite … the No. 34 player nationally and the fourth-rated offensive tackle in the country by 247Sports … a four-star prospect and the No. 36 player in the ESPN300 … rated as the No. 8 offensive tackle and fourth-ranked player in Florida by ESPN.com … selected to play in the Under Armour All-American Game … the anchor of the offensive line at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. … coached by Kevin Wright at IMG … chose Alabama over Florida State, Georgia, Miami and Oklahoma.

Pierce Quick

OL, 6-5, 285, Trussville, Ala./Hewitt-Trussville

One of the top-rated offensive linemen in the 2019 recruiting cycle … first team USA Today All-American as a junior in 2017 … tabbed as a five-star offensive tackle and the top player in the state of Alabama by ESPN.com … rated as the No. 2 offensive tackle and the No. 4 player on the ESPN300 by ESPN.com … the 35th-ranked player, No. 6 offensive tackle and No. 2 player in the state of Alabama on the 247Composite … 247Sports ranks him as the No. 67 player nationally and the ninth-rated offensive tackle … Rivals.com rates him the No. 62 player in the country, the No. 9 offensive tackle and the No. 4 prospect in Alabama … a five-star recruit by PrepStar and the No. 2 offensive tackle prospect nationally … ranks No. 5 on PrepStar’s Top 150 Dream Team and the top player in Alabama by the same outlet … … selected to play in the Under Armour All-America Game … participated in Nike’s “The Opening” Finals in Frisco, Texas, in 2018 … …the anchor of an offensive line at Hewitt-Trussville High School where he was teammates with fellow Alabama signee Paul Tyson … earned First Team All-State accolades as a junior from the Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA) … coached by Josh Floyd at Hewitt-Trussville … chose Alabama over many of the top programs in the nation, including Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Michigan and Oklahoma.

Will Reichard

PK, 6-1, 185, Hoover, Ala./Hoover

The nation’s top kicker by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and on the 247Composite … ranked as the No. 2 kicking prospect by 247Sports … rated as the top combination kicker/punter in the nation for the Kohl’s Kicking Class of 2019 … earned the distinction of the top combination athlete at the elite camp where he was selected as the top kicker and No. 2 punter … selected to the Under Armour All-American Game roster as a senior … participated in the 2018 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic … made 27 of his 31 career field goals and went a perfect 109-of-109 on PATs for Hoover … recorded a touchback on 186 of his 188 career kickoffs for the Bucs as well … coached by Josh Niblett at Hoover High School … selected Alabama over Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma and Oregon.

Trey Sanders

RB, 6-0, 214, Bradenton, Fla./IMG Academy

The top-rated running back prospect by Rivals, 247Sports and on the 247Composite … ranks among the top players in the country across all positions … selected as the No. 11 prospect on USA Today’s Chosen 25 rankings … tabbed the No. 1 running back and top-rated player in Florida along with No. 2 overall national ranking by Rivals.com … listed as the No. 5 player in the country and No. 2 player in Florida on the 247Composite … the No. 9 player nationally and second-rated player in the Sunshine State by 247Sports … selected as the No. 18 player on the ESPN300 … ranked the No. 2 runner and No. 9 player in the Southeast Region by ESPN.com … selected to play in the All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas … participated in Nike’s “The Opening” Finals in Frisco, Texas, in 2018 … coached by Kevin Wright at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. … position coach at IMG was former NFL running back Cadillac Williams … chose Alabama over Florida, Florida State, Georgia and Texas with offers from nearly every major program in the country.

Taulia Tagovailoa

QB, 5-11, 203, Alabaster, Ala./Thompson

Travels down the road from Alabaster to Tuscaloosa … one of the top-rated quarterbacks in this year’s recruiting cycle … a unanimous four-star prospect by all major recruiting sites … rated as the No. 4 pro-style quarterback by 247Sports and the sixth-rated prospect in Alabama … tabbed the No. 4 dual-threat quarterback and seventh-rated player in Alabama by Rivals.com … 247Composite lists him as the No. 5 pro-style quarterback and No. 110 prospect nationally … the No. 174 player on the ESPN300 … rated as the No. 9 dual-threat signal-caller and seventh-rated prospect overall by ESPN.com … a four-star prospect by PrepStar and the No. 4 quarterback nationally … listed as one of the PrepStar Top 150 Dream Teamers … participated in Nike’s “The Opening” 2018 Finals in Frisco, Texas … selected to play in the Polynesian Bowl in Hawaii while also being selected by the Bowl as one of its finalists for the 2018 High School Player of the Year award … earned a spot in the 2018 All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas … selected to play in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic … threw for 3,728 yards and 35 touchdowns as a senior at Thompson … rewrote the Alabama high school record books, becoming the only quarterback in state history to have at least four 400-yard passing performances in his career … became the 10th player in Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) history to throw for 500 yards in a game with his 507-yard, four-touchdown performance against Oak Mountain … led the Warriors to the Class 7A state championship in 2018 … selected to the Class 7A All-State first team in 2017 by the Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA) … brother of current Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa … coached by Mark Freeman at Thompson High School in Alabaster, Ala. … chose Alabama over Florida, LSU and Tennessee.

Brandon Turnage

DB, 6-1, 185, Oxford, Miss./Lafayette

One of the top players in the state of Mississippi in the 2019 recruiting cycle … PrepStar ranks him the No. 2 player in the state and the eighth-ranked defensive back while listing him as the No. 66 player nationally … the No. 66 prospect on the ESPN300 … ESPN.com tabbed him the No. 4 player in the Magnolia State and the No. 6 cornerback … the seventh-ranked player in Mississippi and No. 12 cornerback in the country on the 247Composite … 247Sports ranks him as the No. 8 player in the state and the No. 13 cornerback … Rivals.com’s No. 8 player in Mississippi and its No. 17 cornerback … selected to play in the Under Armour All-American Game, becoming the first player from his school to receive that honor … coached by Michael Fair at Lafayette High School in Oxford, Miss. … chose Alabama over Auburn, Florida, Georgia and Ole Miss.

Paul Tyson

QB, 6-5, 217, Trussville, Ala./Hewitt-Trussville

Signal-caller with good size and exceptional arm talent … pocket passer who is rated as a four-star prospect in the latest recruiting cycle … the No. 7 pro-style quarterback and 12th-rated player from the state of Alabama by 247Sports … ranked as the No. 8 pro-style signal-caller and 10th overall player in Alabama on the 247Composite … Rivals.com lists him as the No. 10 pro-style quarterback and No. 11 prospect in the state … the No. 223 player on the ESPN 300 … rated as the No. 11 pocket passer nationally and 11th-ranked prospect in Alabama by ESPN.com … a four-star prospect and a Top 350 All-American by PrepStar … finished his career at HTHS with a 19-5 record as a starter … threw for more than 6,500 yards and 69 touchdowns with only 13 interceptions in his 24 games as a starter for the Huskies … selected to the Class 7A All-State first team in 2017 by the Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA) … great grandson of Paul W. “Bear” Bryant … high school teammates with fellow Crimson Tide commit Pierce Quick … attended Hewitt-Trussville High School in Trussville, Ala., where he was coached by Josh Floyd … selected Alabama over Arkansas, Duke and Kentucky.

-- Player capsules provide by the University of Alabama sports information office.

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