Alabama finishes 2nd in 2020 recruiting class

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COLUMBIA, SC – OCTOBER 9: Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide directs play against the South Carolina Gamecocks October 9, 2010 at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama football announced the addition of Javon Baker, Jamil Burroughs and Damieon George to its 2020 recruiting class during the February signing period on Wednesday. The three players join the Crimson Tide’s 22 student-athletes inked during the early signing period in December to bring Alabama’s total to 25 in the 2020 class.

The 25 high school players come from eight states – Alabama (9), California (2), Florida (3), Georgia (5), Louisiana (1), Maryland (1), Ohio (1) and Texas (3). Listed by position, the Crimson Tide added to its roster – five defensive linemen, four players apiece at linebacker and defensive back, along with three running backs, wide receivers and offensive linemen, one player at quarterback, tight end and athlete.

Alabama’s 2020 signing class ranks No. 2 nationally by 247Sports and third by ESPN and Rivals. Alabaman’s 25-man recruiting class had the highest average ranking per player at 93.45 by 247Sports and 4.0 by Rivals.com

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Among the 25 players are:

  • Six five-star prospects (by at least one of the following: 247Sports, 247Composite, Rivals.com): William Anderson Jr., Chris Braswell, Demouy Kennedy, Drew Sanders, Timothy Smith and Bryce Young
  • Eighteen players were ranked in the ESPN300: William Anderson Jr., Javon Baker, Brian Branch, Chris Braswell, Jackson Bratton, Traeshon Holden, Thaiu Jones-Bell, Demouy Kennedy, Jah-Marien Latham, Jase McClellan, Seth McLaughlin, Malachi Moore, Quandarrius Robinson, Drew Sanders, Timothy Smith, Kristian Story, Roydell Williams and Bryce Young
  • Eighteen players were listed on the Rivals250: William Anderson Jr., Javon Baker, Brian Branch, Chris Braswell, Jackson Bratton, Jamil Burroughs, Traeshon Holden, Demouy Kennedy, Jah-Marien Latham, Jase McClellan, Malachi Moore, Jahquez Robinson, Quandarrius Robinson, Drew Sanders, Timothy Smith, Kristian Story, Roydell Williams and Bryce Young
  • Ten players were listed on the Rivals100: William Anderson Jr., Brian Branch, Chris Braswell, Demouy Kennedy, Jase McClellan, Quandarrius Robinson, Drew Sanders, Timothy Smith, Roydell Williams and Bryce Young
  • Eighteen players were ranked in the Top247: William Anderson Jr., Javon Baker, Brian Branch, Chris Braswell, Jackson Bratton, Javion Cohen, Traeshon Holden, Thaiu Jones-Bell, Demouy Kennedy, Jah-Marien Latham, Jase McClellan, Malachi Moore, Quandarrius Robinson, Drew Sanders, Timothy Smith, Kristian Story, Roydell Williams and Bryce Young
  • All 25 student-athletes are listed as a four-star prospect by at least one of the following: 247Sports, Rivals.com and/or ESPN.com

2020 Alabama Early Signing Day Roster (25)

Name                                        Pos.       Ht.       Wt.         Hometown/Previous School

William Anderson Jr.                    LB        6-4       230         Hampton, Ga./Dutchtown

Javon Baker                               WR       6-2       195         Powder Springs, Ga./McEachern

Brian Branch                               DB        6-0       185         Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek

Chris Braswell                             LB        6-3       220         Baltimore, Md./St. Frances Academy

Jackson Bratton                           LB        6-3       233         Muscle Shoals, Ala./Muscle Shoals                                    

Jamil Burroughs                           DL        6-3       321         Powder Springs, Ga./McEachern

Caden Clark                                TE        6-4       258         Akron, Ohio/Archbishop Hoban

Javion Cohen                              OL        6-4       296         Phenix City, Ala./Central

Kyle Edwards                              RB        6-0       205         Destrehan, La./Destrehan

Damieon George                         OL        6-6       345         Houston, Texas/North Shore

Traeshon Holden                        WR       6-3       196         Harbor City, Calif./Narbonne

Thaiu Jones-Bell                         WR       6-0       190         Hallandale, Fla./Miami Carol City

Demouy Kennedy                        LB        6-3       215         Theodore, Ala./Theodore

Jah-Marien Latham                      DL        6-3       297         Reform, Ala./Pickens County

Jase McClellan                            RB       5-11      200         Aledo, Texas/Aledo

Seth McLaughlin                          OL        6-4       278         Buford, Ga./Buford

Malachi Moore                             DB        6-0       180         Trussville, Ala./Hewitt-Trussville

Jahquez Robinson                       DB        6-2       185         Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood

Quandarrius Robinson                 LB        6-5       220         Birmingham, Ala./Jackson-Olin

Drew Sanders                              LB        6-5       230         Denton, Texas/Ryan

Timothy Smith                             DL        6-4       325         Sebastian, Fla./Sebastian River

Kristian Story                               DB        6-1       213         Lanett, Ala./Lanett

Ronald Williams Jr.                      DB        6-2       188         Ferriday, La./Hutchinson C.C./Ferriday

Roydell Williams                          RB       5-10      207         Hueytown, Ala./Hueytown

Bryce Young                               QB       6-0       190         Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei

FEBRUARY SIGNEE BIOS

JAMIL BURROUGHS

DL, 6-3, 321, Powder Springs, Ga./McEachern

Powerful defensive lineman who comes to Tuscaloosa from Georgia … a four-star prospect by Rivals.com, ESPN.com and on the 247Composite … the No. 22 defensive tackle in the country by ESPN … listed at No. 242 on the Rivals250 and ranked the No. 24 player at his position by the site … the No. 111 player on the PrepStar Top 150 Dream Team … rated as the No. 9 defensive tackle in the class by PrepStar … participated in Nike’s “The Opening” Finals in Frisco, Texas … selected to play in the All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas … compiled 58 tackles, including five sacks, to go with a blocked field goal as a junior at McEachern … selected to the USA Today All-USA Georgia Football Team as a first-teamer following that 2018 season … totaled 62 tackles, including 13 for loss and six sacks, in addition to a pair of forced fumbles in 2017 … joins the Crimson Tide from McEachern High School where was coached by Franklin Stephens … signed with Alabama over Georgia along with Arkansas, Clemson and Michigan.

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JAVON BAKER

WR, 6-2, 195, Powder Springs, Ga./McEachern

One of the top-ranked wide receiver prospects in the 2019 class … a four-star prospects by all major outlets … the No. 109 overall play on the Rivals250 and the No. 20 wideout nationally … Rivals.com also lists him as the No. 14 player from the state of Georgia … No. 276 on the ESPN300 and the No. 45 wide receiver nationally … rated No. 34 at his position and the 20th-ranked player from Georgia on the 247Composite … the No. 56 wide receiver nationally and No. 31 player in his home state by 247Sports … selected as a PrepStar Top 350 All-American … participated in Nike’s “The Opening” Finals in Frisco, Texas … also participated in “The Opening” Regionals in Atlanta where he earned MVP honors at wide receiver … selected to participate in the All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas … named to the Marietta Daily Journal’s Dynamite Dozen as one of the top 12 players in the state of Georgia … racked up 1,105 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior at McEachern High School … coached by Franklin Stephens at MHS … chose Alabama over Auburn, Florida, Michigan and Ohio State.

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DAMIEON GEORGE

OL, 6-6, 345, Houston, Texas/North Shore

Big-bodied offensive line prospect from the talent-rich state of Texas … a four-star offensive tackle per ESPN.com … the website also rates him as the No. 61 player from the Midlands Region and the No. 48 recruit from his home state … selected as a PrepStar Top 350 All-American  and a four-star recruit by the magazine … ranked as the No. 30 offensive tackle in the country on the 247Composite … the 41st-rated tackle by Rivals.com … played at North Shore High School where he was coached by Jon Kay … elected to sign with the Crimson Tide over Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma and Texas.

DECEMBER SIGNEE BIOS

WILLIAM ANDERSON JR.

LB, 6-4, 230, Hampton, Ga./Dutchtown

A consensus five-star prospect by all major outlets … rated as a top-10 player in the state of Georgia by 247Sports, ESPN.com and on the 247Composite … the No. 1 weakside defensive end and No. 5 player nationally by 247 and the second-rated weakside defender to go with a No. 17 ranking on the Composite … the No. 49 recruit on the ESPN300 and sixth-ranked defensive end by the site … also tabbed the No. 21 player in the Southeast Region by ESPN … No. 22 on the Rivals250 by Rivals.com … that same sites lists him as the highest-rated weakside defensive end and No. 5 player in Georgia … member of the PrepStar Top 150 Dream Team as the No. 116 recruit in the country … selected to play in the All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas … earned first team all-state honors from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2019 … also selected to the AJC’s “Super 11” as a senior … totaled 22 sacks and 15 tackles for loss in his final season, playing a major role on a Dutchtown defense that allowed an average of just 7.7 points per game … selected as the Henry Herald’s 2018 All-County Defensive Player of the Year following his junior season … coached by Clifford Fedd at Dutchtown High School in Hampton, Ga. … signed with the Crimson Tide over Auburn, LSU and Tennessee among his nearly 40 offers.

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BRIAN BRANCH

DB, 6-0, 185, Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek

Elite safety prospect from the neighboring state of Georgia … rated as a four-star recruit by all major sites … member of the PrepStar Top 150 Dream Team as the 72nd-rated player overall and the No. 3 safety in the country … the No. 79 player on the Rivals250 … ranked 18th in his home state and the No. 21 safety prospect nationally by Rivals … No. 101 on the ESPN300 … ESPN also lists him as the third-rated player in the country at his position and the No. 44 overall recruit in the Southeast Region … fifth-ranked prep safety overall and No. 90 player in the country by 247Sports … the 10th-rated player from Georgia by both ESPN.com and 247 … ranked as the No. 7 safety prospect and No. 11 player in Georgia on the 247Composite … earned a spot in the All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas … finished his career at Sandy Creek High School as the program’s career interceptions leader … selected as the Georgia 5A Ironman of the Year by the conference coaches as a senior, presented to the top-two way player … named to the Fayette News’ “Super 12” squad following his junior season … earned All-County Defensive Player of the Year from his conference coaches in 2018 … totaled 58 tackles, five interceptions and six pass breakups in that junior campaign … also contributed at wide receiver and on special teams for the Patriots … led by Brett Garvin at SCHS … picked Alabama over Ohio State, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

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CHRIS BRASWELL

LB, 6-3, 220, Baltimore, Md./St. Frances Academy

Highly-regarded pass-rushing threat from Maryland … the nation’s top-rated weakside defensive end and No. 2 player from his home on the 247Composite … a five-star prospect on the Composite along with Rivals.com and ESPN.com … also earned a five-star rating by PrepStar where he is a member of the magazine’s Top 150 Dream Team and listed as the No. 12 player nationally … No. 7 on the ESPN300 and the site’s No. 3 defensive end, No. 3 player in the East Region and second-rated player from Maryland … listed at No. 24 on the Rivals250 list … the second-rated outside linebacker and player from Maryland by Rivals.com … the No. 19 player on the Composite while 247 ranks him at No. 39 overall in the latest recruiting cycle … selected to play in the Under Armour All-America Game … played his prep ball at St. Frances Academy where he was coached by Biff Poggi … chose Alabama over Clemson, Georgia and LSU.

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JACKSON BRATTON

LB, 6-3, 233, Muscle Shoals, Ala./Muscle Shoals

In-state product who is rated as one of the top middle linebackers in the country … a four-star prep standout by all major recruiting sites … the No. 6 player from Alabama and No. 141 prospect nationally by 247Sports … 247 also rates him as the No. 9 inside linebacker in the class … ranked No. 5 in the state and No. 10 at his position on the 247Composite … third-rated inside linebacker nationally and No. 152 on the ESPN300 according to the site … ESPN.com also tabbed him as the 69th-ranked player in the Southeast Region and No. 7 player from Alabama … a PrepStar Top 350 All-American and the No. 4 inside linebacker prospect by the magazine … named a semifinalist for the Butkus Award during his senior season … totaled 155 tackles, including 12 for loss, to go with seven sacks as a junior … selected to the Class 6A All-State First Team by the Alabama Sports Writers following the 2018 season … also earned AL.com Super All-State recognition in that junior campaign … recorded 118 tackles and four sacks as a sophomore … named to the all-state second team following the 2017 season … dual-sport athlete who also competed in baseball for the Trojans … coached by Scott Basden as Muscle Shoals High School … committed to the Crimson Tide over Auburn, Nebraska, Tennessee and Texas A&M.

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CADEN CLARK

TE, 6-4, 258, Akron, Ohio/Archbishop Hoban

Versatile tight end recruit from Northeast Ohio … four-star prospect by ESPN.com … also listed as the site’s No. 6 tight end, No. 25 player in the Midwest Region and No. 6 player in Ohio … the nation’s No. 18 tight end per Rivals.com … the site also lists him as the 10th-rated player from his home state … tabbed to the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association Division II All-Ohio Second Team as a senior … selected to the USA Today All-USA Ohio Football Team as a first-teamer following his junior season … caught 30 passes for 650 yards and 11 touchdowns in the 2018 campaign … attended Archbishop Hoban where he was coached by Tim Tyrrell … helped the Knights to a Division II state title in 2017 and 2018 … committed to the Tide over Clemson, Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State among others.

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JAVION COHEN

OL, 6-4, 296, Phenix City, Ala./Central

In-state offensive line prospect from Phenix City … four-star recruit by Rivals.com and 247Sports along with the 247Composite … a top-15 player in the state of Alabama, including a No. 11 ranking from Rivals … the state’s No. 11 player by 247 and No. 16 player by the Composite … named to Sports Illustrated inaugural high school All-American team … selected to play in the 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame World Bowl in Cancun, Mexico  … earned a spot in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game following his senior season … named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Class 7A Second Team All-State squad as a junior … played at Central High School where he was coached by Jamey DuBose … chose the Crimson Tide over Auburn and South Carolina among others.

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KYLE EDWARDS

RB, 6-0, 205, Destrehan, La./Destrehan

Powerful runner from Louisiana … a four-star recruit and the No. 20 running back in the country according to Rivals.com … also a four-star selection by PrepStar … selected as a PrepStar Top 350 All-American … the No. 18 player from Louisiana on the 247Composite … the nation’s 29th-rated running back according to the Composite … ranked by 247Sports as the No. 34 tailback nationally … highly-rated runner by ESPN.com … rushed for 1,000-plus yards and over 16 touchdowns in 2019 … helped Destrehan to Class 5A state championship during his senior season …  played a key role in the Wildcats’ run to the 2018 District 7-5A championship … accumulated 708 yards and eight touchdowns on 112 carries as a junior … coached by Stephen Robicheaux at DHS … signed with Alabama over LSU, Michigan and Penn State.

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TRAESHON HOLDEN

WR, 6-3, 196, Harbor City, Calif./Narbonne

Athletic wide receiver with size who earned four-star rankings across the board … the No. 23 overall prep prospect in California by Rivals.com and No. 244 on the Rivals250 … the Golden State’s 15th-rated player by 247Sports and No. 22 on the 247Composite … ranked by ESPN.com as the No. 37 player in the West Region and No. 21 player from California … the nation’s No. 32nd-rated wide receiver per 247Sports …  the site also lists him as the No. 185 prospect nationally … selected as a Top 350 All-American by PrepStar … transferred from St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, Md., to Narbonne High School in Harbor City, Calif. for his final prep season … finished his senior campaign with 31 catches for 512 yards and seven touchdowns across seven games of action … selected to play in the 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame World Bowl in Cancun, Mexico  … coached by Manuel Douglas at Narbonne High School in Harbor City, Calif. … chose the Crimson Tide over Clemson, Florida, Oregon and USC among others.

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THAIU JONES-BELL

WR, 6-0, 190, Hallandale, Fla./Miami Carol City

One of the top-20 players in Florida in the latest recruiting cycle … tabbed as a four-star wide receiver by all major recruiting outlets … rated as the No. 25 wideout and the No. 143 player nationally on the 247Composite … ranked as the 18th overall player in Florida and No. 17 receiver prospect in the country by 247Sports … No. 87 on the ESPN300 … also listed as the No. 9 receiver, No. 17 player in the Sunshine State and No. 39 in the Southeast Region by ESPN.com … No. 92 on the PrepStar Top 150 Dream Team and the nation’s No. 20 receiver … selected to play in the Under Armour All-America Game … caught 38 passes for 745 yards and six touchdowns as a senior in 2019 … posted a breakout junior season in 2018, scoring 17 touchdowns on just 38 catches for the Chiefs … played for Joshua Taylor at Miami Carol City High School … chose Alabama over in-state Florida and Florida State.

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DEMOUY KENNEDY

LB, 6-3, 215, Theodore, Ala./Theodore

Consensus four-star prospect and one of the top inside linebackers in the 2019 recruiting cycle … rated the No. 3 inside linebacker and the No. 38 overall player in the country by the 247Composite … the first-rated player in Alabama on the Composite along with Rivals.com … fourth-rated inside linebacker in the country according to Rivals.com … tabbed the No. 82 prospect on the ESPN300 … also listed as the No. 7 player at his position, No. 35 prospect in the Southeast Region and the No. 2 player in Alabama … a PrepStar Top 150 All-American and the No. 7 outside linebacker prospect by the magazine … named to Sports Illustrated inaugural high school All-American team … a semifinalist for the 2019 Butkus Award … capped off his senior season recording 69 tackles, including eight for a loss, to go with two pass breakups and a pick-six … also contributed three touchdown runs out of the Wildcat and added a blocked extra point … selected to participate in the All-American Bowl in Orlando, Fla. … earned a spot in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game following his senior season … also earned an invite to play in the All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas … coached by Eric Collier at Theodore High School … chose Alabama over in-state Auburn along with Georgia and LSU among his many offers.

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JAH-MARIEN LATHAM

DT, 6-3, 297, Reform, Ala./Pickens County

An elite defensive tackle who travels down the road from Reform to Tuscaloosa … rated as a four-star recruit on the 247Composite and also by 247Sports and ESPN.com … the No. 9 defensive tackle in the country by ESPN … listed at No. 239 on the Rivals250 and ranked as the No. 23 player at his position by the site … the No. 22 defensive tackle on the PrepStar Top 150 Dream Team … the 8th-rated player from Alabama on the Composite and the 12th rated player by 247Sports… No. 22 defensive tackle by 247Sports … helped the Tornadoes to the Class 1A semifinals with 69 total tackles, including 27 tackles for loss and eight sacks … also served as the team’s punter … member of the Alabama squad for the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star game … attended Pickens County High School where was coached by Michael Williams … signed with Alabama over Maryland, Ole Miss and Tennessee.

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Jase McClellan

RB, 5-11, 200, Aledo, Texas/Aledo

One of the nation’s top running back prospects and a big get out of the state of Texas late in the early signing day window … a consensus four-star prospect … ranked 46th nationally in the 247Composite … the No. 6 running back and No. 6 player in the state of Texas in the composite … ESPN ranks him as the No. 41 player in the country, the No. 6 running back, No. 7 player in the Midlands Region and the 6th-best prospect in Texas … No. 65 in the Rivals 100, ranking as the No. 6 running back and No. 6 player in the state … 85th in the Top247 and the site’s No. 7 running back and No. 13 player in Texas … selected to play in the Under Armour All-American Game … competed in Nike’s “The Opening” … led his team to the Texas 6A-Division 2 State Championship game in 2019, which will be played on Dec. 21 … has rushed for 1,268 yards and 27 touchdowns as a senior … has totaled 6,468 yards on 842 career carries with 122 touchdowns while catching 28 passes for 429 yards and three more scores … rushed for 2,073 yards and 47 TDs as a junior in 2018 … Class 5A All-State selection as a junior in 2018 … scored 28 touchdowns while rushing for 1,599 yards on 203 carries during his sophomore season (2017) while missing six games due to injury … rushed for 1,528 yards and 20 scores as a true freshman, earning MaxPreps All-Freshman Team National Player of the Year … also named the state championship game MVP as a freshman … played for head coach Tim Buchanan at Aledo High School … chose Alabama over Oklahoma after being a Sooner pledge for almost two years.

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SETH McLAUGHLIN

OL, 6-4, 278, Buford, Ga./Buford

Versatile offensive line prospect from Georgia … a four-star at center and the No. 291 player on the ESPN300 per ESPN.com … the website also rates him as the No. 4 center, No. 134 player from the Southeast Region and the No. 28 recruit from his home state … selected as a PrepStar All-Southeast Region honoree … ranked as the No. 10 center in the country on the 247Composite … the 6th-rated center by Rivals.com … the anchor of a Buford offense that scored 467 points and accumulated 3,400 rushing yards last season … graded out at 91 percent with only one sack and two quarterback pressures allowed as a senior … helped the Wolves a state championship in 2019 … played at Buford High School where he was coached by Bryant Appling … chose to sign with the Crimson Tide over Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson and Florida State.

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MALACHI MOORE

DB, 6-0, 180, Trussville, Ala./Hewitt-Trussville

A top-rated safety in the 2020 recruiting cycle … tabbed as a four-star recruit by all major sites … rated as the No. 13 safety by 247Sports and the No.7 prospect in Alabama … ranked eighth in his home state and the No. 21 cornerback prospect nationally by Rivals … No. 260 on the ESPN300 … ESPN also lists him as the No. 12 player in Alabama, 23rd-rated player in the country at his position and the No. 118 overall recruit in the Southeast Region … eighth-ranked prep safety overall and No. 157 player nationally by 247 … also listed as 247’s seventh-rated player from Alabama … ranked as the No. 19 safety prospect and No. 9 player in Alabama on the 247Composite … member of the PrepStar Top 350 Dream Team … participated in Nike’s “The Opening” Finals in Frisco, Texas … also selected to play in the All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas … earned a spot in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game following his senior season … totaled 83 total tackles, including 46 solo stops with five tackles for loss as a senior … also recorded four interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns in 2019 … led by Josh Floyd at Hewitt-Trussville High School … elected to sign with Alabama over Arkansas, Auburn and Georgia.

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JAHQUEZ ROBINSON

DB, 6-2, 185, Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood

Skilled cornerback from Jacksonville … tabbed as a four-star prospect on the 247Composite and by Rivals.com … ranked 177th in the Rivals 250 and tabbed as the No. 16 cornerback back and the No. 29 player in Florida by the outlet … ranked as the No. 32 cornerback by 247Sports and the No. 55 player in the state of Florida … the No. 20 corner on the 247Composite and the No. 50 player in the Sunshine State… ESPN’s No. 33 corner and ranked No. 191 in the Southeast Region … played for head coach Adam Geis at Sandalwood High School … chose Alabama over Florida, LSU, Oklahoma and South Carolina.

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QUANDARRIUS ROBINSON

LB, 6-5, 220, Birmingham, Ala./Jackson-Olin

A unanimous top-100 player nationally … projects as a natural pass-rusher due to his long frame and impressive athletic ability … a four-star prospect who is ranked as the No. 2 player in the state of Alabama by 247Sports while  Rivals.com and ESPN has him rated as the state’s No. 4 overall prospect … rated No. 55 nationally by 247Sports and as the outlet’s No. 4 outside linebacker … No. 64 on the 247Composite, the No. 6 outside linebacker and the No. 2 player in Alabama … Rivals.com lists him at No. 94 in the final Rivals100 and as the No. 5 outside linebacker … rated 89th nationally by ESPN and the No. 8 player at his position while ranking as the No. 41 player in the Southeast Region … a five-star prospect by PrepStar … named to the magazine’s Top 150 Dream Team and was rated as the No. 4 outside linebacker and the 36th-ranked player in the nation … selected to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas … earned an invite to the 2019 Nike “The Opening” Finals … an injury cut his 2019 season short … registered 40 tackles with 13 tackles for loss and eight sacks as a junior in 2018 … coached by Tim Vakakes at Jackson-Olin High School in Birmingham … chose Alabama over Auburn, Florida, LSU and Tennessee.

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DREW SANDERS

LB, 6-5, 230, Denton, Texas/Ryan

One of the nation’s top all-around athletes and a prototypical linebacker or tight end … choose to focus on the defensive side of the football at Alabama … a composite five-star recruit by 247Sports … rated as the No. 1 player in Texas by 247, the top-ranked athlete nationally and the No. 13 player nationally in the final Top247 … No. 22 nationally in the 247Composite and the composite’s No. 1 athlete and No. 3 player in Texas … a four-star prospect by ESPN who is No. 36 in the ESPN 300 and the outlet’s No. 4 athlete … rated as the No. 5 player in the Midlands Region by ESPN … Rivals.com rates him as the No. 5 outside linebacker, the No. 37 player nationally and the No. 5 prep prospect in Texas … a five-star player by PrepStar … selected to the magazine’s Top 150 Dream Team and was rated as the No. 5 outside linebacker and the 37th-ranked player in the nation …  selected to the Under Armour All-America Game … named the 2018 SportsDayHS Utility Player of the Year after completing 8-of-9 passes for four touchdowns, rushing for 280 yards and 13 touchdowns while making 119 tackles on defense, including 10 for loss and eight sacks, to go with three interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns … threw five more touchdown passes in 2019 on just eight attempts while rushing for 326 yards and 10 scores … also caught 34 passes as a senior for 717 yards and 12 scores … finished with 48 rushing/receiving touchdowns in his career while throwing for 10 scores … finalist for the 2019 Landry Player of the Year, which goes to the top high school football player in North Texas …   played for head coach Dave Henigan at Ryan High School in Denton, Texas … chose Alabama over Oklahoma while also considering LSU, Georgia, Notre Dame, Oregon and Penn State.

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TIMOTHY SMITH

DL, 6-4, 325, Sebastian, Fla./Sebastian River

A talented defensive tackle in the 2020 cycle who can bolster the Tide’s defensive front immediately … named a five star in the final Top247 for the 2020 class as the No. 28 player nationally and the fifth-ranked defensive tackle a composite four-star prospect that ranks 55th nationally in the 247Composite, the No. 8 defensive tackle and the No. 11 player in Florida … ranked No. 42 in the final Rivals100 and the No. 4 defensive tackle nationally … Rivals also ranks Smith as the No. 6 player in the state of Florida … 160th in the ESPN300 … also listed as ESPN’s No. 13 defensive tackle, the No. 72 player in the Southeast Region and the 25th-ranked player in the state … a four-star prospect who was rated as the No. 11 defensive tackle and No. 130 player in the country by PrepStar … selected to the magazine’s Top 150 Dream Team as well … recorded 62 tackles with 32 for loss and 10 sacks as a senior … added four forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in 2019 … coached by Tyrone Perry at Sebastian River High School … chose the Crimson Tide over Clemson, Florida, Georgia and Miami.

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KRISTIAN STORY

DB, 6-1, 213, Lanett, Ala./Lanett

A special football player who led his high school team to the 2019 Alabama State Championship … earned Alabama Gatorade Player of the Year honors … a consensus four-star prospect who played quarterback in high school but could project all over the football field … set the record for career touchdowns in the history of the Alabama High School Athletics Association with 175 total scores …  ranked 183rd nationally in the 247Composite along with being tabbed as the site’s No. 5 athlete in the country and the No. 7 player from Alabama … No. 163 in the Rivals250 … also named the No. 3 athlete and the No. 5 player from the state … listed at No. 206 in the Top247, Story is the eighth-ranked athlete nationally and the No. 9 player in the state … rated No. 233 in the ESPN 300 and the outlet’s No. 15 athlete and No. 10 player in Alabama … a four-star prospect by PrepStar who was selected to their Top 350 All-American Team and was rated as the No. 11 safety and No. 185 in the nation … named to Sports Illustrated inaugural high school All-American team … selected to play in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game … finished his career with 13,219 yards of total offense while also setting the AHSAA record … earned all-state honors as a safety in 1A following the 2018 season … threw for 2,434 yards and 40 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2018 to go along with 1,207 rushing yards and 16 scores … added 33 tackles and nine interceptions on defense as a junior … threw for 3,286 yards and 35 scores while rushing for 765 yards and seven scores in 2018 … coached by his father Clifford Story at Lanett High School … chose Alabama over Florida, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State, Tennessee and Texas A&M.

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RONALD WILLIAMS JR.

DB, 6-2, 188, Ferriday, La./Hutchinson C. C./Ferriday

One of the top junior college players in the nation and a highly coveted cornerback prospect … an NJCAA All-American as a sophomore at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College … a four-star prospect who ranks No. 12 in the 247 Junior College Composite rankings and the No. 4 corner … No. 10 in the Rivals JUCO Top 50 and the outlet’s third-ranked cornerback … the No. 12 player nationally in the 247Sports Junior College rankings and the No. 3 cornerback … ranked 23rd in the ESPN JC50 and the No. 3 junior college cornerback … played in 10 games for Hutchinson in 2019, making 31 tackles with three interceptions and five pass breakups … recorded 18 tackles, three pass breakups and one interception as a freshman in 2018 … was a three-star prospect coming out of Ferriday (La.) High School two years ago … ranked No. 377 on the 247Composite in 2017 … played for head coach Stanley Smith at Ferriday and coach Rion Rhoades at Hutchinson Community College … chose Alabama over Auburn, Kentucky, Mississippi State and Texas A&M.

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ROYDELL WILLIAMS

RB, 5-10, 207, Hueytown, Ala./Hueytown

One of the top players in the state of Alabama and one of the best running backs in the nation … a consensus four-star prospect … ranked 76th on the 247Composite … the No. 9 running back on the Composite and the No. 4 player in the state of Alabama … ESPN lists Williams at No. 69 on the ESPN300 … the top-ranked player in the state and the No. 10 running back prospect by the site … ESPN also ranks him as the No. 29 player in the Southeast Region … No. 90 in the Rivals100, the seventh-ranked running back and the No. 3 player in the state … 247Sports has him at No. 115 in the Top247, the No. 10 running back and the No. 5 player in Alabama … a PrepStar Top 350 All-American as the No. 168 player in the nation, the No. 12 running back and the No. 7 player in the state by the magazine … selected to play in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game … a first team all-state selection in 2018 and a second-team pick as a sophomore in 2017 … accounted for three straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons, finishing with 5,929 yards rushing in his career at Hueytown with 84 rushing touchdowns 92 total touchdowns … rushed for 1,289 yards and 24 scores as a senior with injuries limiting his production … gained 2,757 yards and registered 32 touchdowns as a junior in 2018 while catching 21 passes for 216 yards and three more scores … rushed for 1,509 yards and 24 touchdowns in 2017 … had 374 yards and four scores as a freshman in 2016 … played for head coach Greg Patterson at Hueytown High School where he helped the Golden Gophers to the 6A state semifinals … chose Alabama over Auburn, Florida, Florida State and Kentucky.

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BRYCE YOUNG

QB, 6-0, 190, Pasadena, Calif./Mater Dei

The nation’s top-ranked dual-threat quarterback by all major outlets … a composite five-star prospect … selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, where he earned Offensive MVP honors and was the named the All-American Bowl Player of the Year …  selected as the 2019 High School Quarterback of the Year by the National Quarterback Club, the Maxwell Offensive Player of the Year while sharing the MaxPreps Player of the Year … named to Sports Illustrated inaugural high school All-American team … Gatorade Football Player of the Year in California … No. 2 nationally and the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback on the 247Composite … invited the Nike’s “The Opening” and was an Elite 11 finalist … finished No. 1 overall in recruit in the Top247 … the top-ranked dual-threat passer nationally by 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals.com … rated as the No. 1 player in California by 247Sports … Rivals rates him as the No. 2 player nationally while ESPN listed him fifth in the publication’s ESPN300 list and the No. 1 player in the West Region … a five-star prospect by PrepStar … also selected to the magazine’s Top 150 Dream Team and was rated as the nation’s top dual-threat quarterback and the No. 4 player in the nation … Trinity League Most Valuable Player after leading Mater Dei to the state championship game in 2019 and finishing second nationally in the high school rankings … completed 72.6 percent of his passes for 4,528 yards and 58 touchdowns with just six interceptions as a senior … also rushed 73 times for 357 yards and 10 more scores to account for 68 total touchdowns in 13 games, an average of 5.23 per game … helped Mater Dei to a state championship in 2018 as a junior after throwing for 3,846 yards and 39 scores … tossed 41 touchdowns as a sophomore with just three interceptions while throwing for 3,431 yards … added 1,445 yards and 14 scores as a freshman … finished his high school career with 13,250 passing yards and 152 passing touchdowns to go along with 1,084 rushing yards and 26 more scores … accounted for 178 total touchdowns in high school … coached by Bruce Rollinson at Mater Dei in Santa Ana, Calif. … chose the Crimson Tide over USC.

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