This post will be updated and timestamped throughout the day as UA gets signees and notable recruiting events happen, including updates on the rankings in the 247 Sports Composite. There is also a post with capsules on each UA signee, which can be seen here.
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Entering Wednesday, UA’s class was ranked No. 2 in the nation on the 247 Sports Composite, behind Clemson.
(NOTE: Updates are in reverse chronological order, mostly so you don’t have to scroll all the way down to the bottom to get the updates later in the day.)
6:36 p.m. — And now the day is done, with Traeshon Holden’s paperwork coming in. That’s signee No. 22 for UA.
5:58 p.m. — The flip is done: Jase McClellan, a four-star running back from Texas who has been committed to Oklahoma since the summer of 2017, is coming to Alabama.
5:14 p.m. — Just updated the capsules post with the heights and weights provided by Alabama in their release.
4:57 p.m. — Check my Twitter feed from some quotes from Nick Saban’s press conference. You’ll get a lot more quotes from him in the coverage to come.
At the moment, UA’s class remains No. 2, behind Clemson but ahead of Ohio State, Georgia, LSU, Texas A&M, Auburn and Florida, in that order.
4:08 p.m. — Alabama sent out a release recapping its 20 signees, suggesting the Tide is done for the day. Here are the capsules for them all, and Nick Saban’s press conference will begin soon.
3:38 p.m. — Alabama got a junior college cornerback to commit very recently, about a week ago. That player, Ronald Williams, is now officially signed.
3:29 p.m. — At long last, quarterback Bryce Young is officially a member of the Crimson Tide.
3:11 p.m. — To add to the point from 1:26 p.m….
Been covering #USC football since 1996 and I've never seen this before…
— Ryan Abraham (@insidetroy) December 18, 2019
2:52 p.m. — Well if this doesn’t warm you heart…..
Alabama is getting an incredible player in @Demouy32 but an even more incredible person. Right after his signing he took a pic with the special ed. class at @TheodoreBobcats (per his request) complete w/ fist bumps & big smiles. We need more people like Demo in this world. pic.twitter.com/D3WFyFVQwO
— Bri MacNaught Fox10 (@BriMacNaught) December 18, 2019
2:47 p.m. — Of the 18 signees Alabama has right now, eight of them are in the 247 Sports Composite top 100 and 13 of them are in the top 10 in their state. UA is still waiting on QB Bryce Young, who would obviously add to that total.
2:40 p.m. — A highly rated edge defender out of Georgia, Will Anderson, is now official with Alabama.
2:19 p.m. — While media was in the viewing periods of Wednesday’s practice (click here for the practice report), UA announced the signing of defensive back Malachi Moore.
1:43 p.m. — Alabama gets another defensive lineman on the board, Tim Smith. Florida made a run at him late but could not close the deal.
1:32 p.m. — Huge prospect out of Columbia, South Carolina, Jordan Bunch stays home with the Gamecocks. He was heavily pursued by the big dogs of recruiting: Georgia, LSU, Clemson and Alabama among them.
1:26 p.m. — USC is having a rough day, folks. It was a tough season for the Trojans that somehow did not cost Clay Helton his job, meaning he will coach against Alabama in next year’s season opener. But the chatter around his job status clearly cost his program this recruiting class: right now they’re ranked 76th, behind schools including Troy, Western Michigan, Toledo, Bowling Green, Rutgers and ECU.
1:11 p.m. — Kristian Story has signed his paperwork and sent it in to UA. The real question is what position he will play.
12:09 p.m. — Tight end Caden Clark has gotten his paperwork in to Alabama. He’s signee No. 14.
12:05 p.m. — Four-star wide receiver Arian Smith (Lakeland, Florida) chose Georgia over Alabama.
11:10 a.m. — Phillip Webb — a 4-star outside linebacker from Georgia, top 50 prospect in the nation — chose LSU. Alabama didn’t have a huge need for even more edge defenders, given what it already has on board, but that’s a supreme talent that schools would love to have under any circumstances. Wild day for the Tigers, with several ups and downs.
11:09 a.m. — Ohio State isn’t going away, folks.
Ohio State has signed 7 top-100 players and it could be 8 tomorrow.
The rest of the Big Ten has a combined 6.
— Ari Wasserman (@AriWasserman) December 18, 2019
11:01 a.m. — The Rakim Jarrett development (10:35 a.m.) dropped LSU back to No. 4. The current 247 Sports top 10: Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State, LSU, Texas A&M, Georgia, Auburn, Florida, Oklahoma and Texas. Around the SEC: No. 18 Tennessee, No. 21 South Carolina, No. 22 Kentucky, No. 25 Mississippi State.
10:52 a.m. — Another linebacker is in: Demouy Kennedy. Those deep in the recruiting world said LSU was making a late push to flip him, but alas, the top player in the state (he’s from Theodore) joins the Crimson Tide.
10:46 a.m. — A random thought on recruiting in the state of Florida. With Florida State and Miami working through some things at the moment, Florida is recruiting well — currently ranked 8th in the 247 Sports Composite — but it leaves more room than normal for others to poach players in the state. Look at the top 4 in the state: a corner going to LSU and a running back, defensive lineman and corner going to Clemson. Another winner in the state: Nebraska, which has 19 signees at the moment and seven of them are from Florida.
Alabama currently has two signees from Florida, wide receiver Thaiu Jones-Bell and corner Jahquez Robinson. It will have to hold off a late push from the Gators to hold onto defensive lineman Timothy Smith.
10:35 a.m. — LSU takes another recruiting loss, losing five-star wide receiver Rakim Jarrett to Maryland, coached by former UA assistant Mike Locksley. Twenty-eight minutes can really change a mood, based on what happened for LSU in the 10:07 a.m. update.
— Brody Miller (@BrodyAMiller) December 18, 2019
10:25 a.m. — It is linebacker o’clock in Tuscaloosa right now, as another linebacker signee is in: Birmingham’s Quandarrius (Que) Robinson.
4-star OLB (borderline 5-star) Que Robinson out of Birmingham (Ala.) officially signs with Alabama.
Between Robinson, Braswell, Sanders and Will Anderson, the Tide is loading up on edge players. Very important haul of players. https://t.co/sHyCXNQb7G
— Clint Lamb (@ClintRLamb) December 18, 2019
10:18 a.m. — Rapid fire signees here. Alabama’s second 5-star of the day, defensive end Chris Braswell from Maryland, is in. The final 5-star currently committed to UA is quarterback Bryce Young.
10:16 a.m. — Linebacker from Muscle Shoals, Jackson Bratton, is in.
10:14 a.m. — Drew Sanders’ paperwork is in. He’s Alabama’s first 5-star of the day.
10:07 a.m. — Big win for LSU in finishing the job on offensive lineman Marcus Dumervil. In the 247 Sports Composite, Alabama’s class still ranks 2nd and LSU jumped ahead of Ohio State to No. 3. But it’s not all rosy in Baton Rouge: check the update at 10:35 a.m.
10:00 a.m. — Antonio Alfano’s paperwork is official with Colorado. He left Alabama during the season after a saga of events over weeks.
9:55 a.m. — This has little to do with anything going on in recruiting news, I just thought it was funny, so I’ll pass it along.
Same places they usually are: Tuscaloosa, Baton Rouge, Columbus, Clemson and Athens https://t.co/nVZMe6VS9n
— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) December 18, 2019
9:47 a.m. — Jah-Marien Latham, the defensive lineman from Pickens County High School, is official with Alabama.
9:37 a.m. — Thaiu Jones-Bell is in, he’s the first wide receiver signee in UA’s 2020 class.
9:31 a.m. — Our Edwin Stanton is at Pickens County High School for Jah-Marien Latham’s signing with Alabama. We’ll let you know when his paperwork is official.
— Edwin Stanton (@edwinstantonu2) December 18, 2019
9:29 a.m. — Jahquez Robinson, a defensive back from Jacksonville, has signed with Alabama.
9:17 a.m. — Everything is going as expected for Alabama thus far. Around the SEC: Auburn got a little jump by signing the aforementioned JJ Pegues (7:56 a.m. and 8:11 a.m.) and four-star linebacker Desmond Tisdol; LSU took a hit in losing four-star safety Malcolm Green to Clemson, but the Tigers think they can be on the good side of some flips later.
9:16 a.m. — A flip in the SEC, as Mississippi defensive lineman Josaih Hayes flipped from Ole Miss to Kentucky. Jon Sumrall was an assistant on the Ole Miss staff and is now on Kentucky’s staff, and Sumrall is getting a lot of credit for bringing the four-star with him.
8:57 a.m. — Two letters of intent from running backs are now in, as Kyle Edwards is right behind Roydell Williams. As mentioned in the update from 8:29 a.m., UA may not be done at the running back position.
8:55 a.m. — Roydell Williams, the running back for Hueytown, has his paperwork in.
8:53 a.m. — Derek Bermudez, a teammate of Alabama cornerback commit Jahquez Robinson, chose Ole Miss. The two ran the secondary at Sandalwood High in Jacksonville, Florida, and now they will be annual opponents in the SEC West.
8:45 a.m. — Javion Cohen has signed with Alabama. You may remember him as the offensive lineman that had a little drama with Auburn as he settled on UA.
let the good times roll 🐘❤️ https://t.co/0T0ih3ccBS
— Javo The Great. (@javiocohen) December 18, 2019
8:29 a.m. — Alabama has two running backs currently committed to the class, and the feeling around the recruiting industry is it might get one more.
— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) December 18, 2019
8:11 a.m. — Auburn is the pick for tight end/athlete JJ Pegues. Saban went to Oxford to visit him shortly after the Iron Bowl.
7:57 a.m. — Seth McLaughlin, an offensive lineman from Georgia, is officially signed.
7:56 a.m. — The Oxford Eagle’s Nathanael Gabler is on the scene for four-star tight end/athlete JJ Pegues’ decision.
JJ Pegues, Oxford’s 4⭐️ TE/Athlete, will be making his decision shortly.
Hats from Auburn, Ole Miss and Alabama on the table. pic.twitter.com/7oBN9QBzua
— Nathanael Gabler (@nategabler) December 18, 2019
7:17 a.m. — Alabama’s first NLI is in, safety Brian Branch. He’s a top 10 prospect in the state of Georgia.