With the implementation of the early signing period, National Signing Day has lost some of its intrigue in recent years. Nonetheless, there will still be surprising announcements and last-second drama Wednesday, as elite high school players decide where to continue their football careers.
Alabama, which currently has the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation, technically has four committed players heading into National Signing Day. But the Crimson Tide is still pursuing several other high-level prospects. With additional signings, 247Sports’ Director of Scouting, Barton Simmons, believes Alabama’s 2019 class could be one of the best all-time.
“We expect Alabama to finish with the No. 1 class, and at this point, the only drama is around where this class stacks up with some of the top class historically,” Simmons said. “I think they’ve got a really good shot to be in the top-five all-time, and I think they’re chasing themselves and their 2017 class in the No. 2 spot.”
Here’s the schedule for when Alabama’s currently committed players and targets are set to announce their final decisions.
All times are Central Standard Time.
Khris Bogle (4-star weak-side defensive end; Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
Although Bogle is committed to Alabama, Florida and Miami are still in contention to keep him in state.
Christian Williams (4-star cornerback; Daphne, Alabama)
Since Alabama signed numerous defensive backs in the early period, Williams is not expected to end up in Tuscaloosa even though he has been a long-time Crimson Tide commit. If Williams does indeed flip, LSU is expected to land him.
I will be signing Wednesday February 6th at 8:00am in Trojan Hall.👏
— Christian Williams (@C_Will4) February 2, 2019
Jerrion Ealy (5-star running back; Flowood, Mississippi)
Alabama already signed the No. 1 running back in its 2019 class and holds a commitment from 4-star running back Keilan Robinson. Yet, the Crimson Tide has still aggressively recruited Ealy, who is also an elite baseball prospect and could be selected in the upcoming MLB draft. Ealy is also being heavily pursued by Clemson and Ole Miss.
“I think that’d be an upset,” Simmons said on Alabama landing Ealy. “Particularly because Clemson looked like the favorite for a long time and now as signing day approaches, Ole Miss is in a great position to land him, so he’s the type of guy that you can’t count Alabama out for, but I think the expectation is he heads elsewhere.”
I will be signing Wednesday ,February 6 in Fortenberry theater @11:15!!
— Jerrion Ealy (@ealy_1k) February 5, 2019
Quashon Fuller (4-star defensive tackle; Lehigh Acres, Florida)
Fuller has long been a Florida State commitment, but he visited Tuscaloosa this past weekend, which gave Alabama coach Nick Saban the final crack at flipping him. Fuller was also considering Florida, but it appears that it will be a two-man race between Alabama and Florida State.
Brett Seither (3-star tight end; Clearwater, Florida)
Alabama is looking to add depth at tight end after Irv Smith Jr. declared early for the NFL draft. Seither has been a heavily recruited prospect in recent weeks, and will likely be choosing among Alabama, Georgia and Penn State.
— Brett Seither (@_Brett18) February 4, 2019
Jaquaze Sorrells (4-star defensive tackle; Winter Park, Florida)
Alabama is clearly looking to bolster its defensive line in this class, and Sorrells could help it do just that. It’s likely going to come down to Alabama, Penn State and South Carolina for Sorrells.
I’m going LIVE on Instagram tomorrow @ 1:30 ( @ Jaquaze90 )
— Jaquaze Sorrells (@_NineZero) February 5, 2019
Javonne Shepherd (4-star offensive tackle; Houston)
Shepherd is a Texas commit, but Alabama has attempted to add him to its haul of offensive linemen. Georgia and Texas A&M are also in contention for Shepherd.
I will be signing on February 6th 1:00pm at Delmar Stadium in Houston,Tx #Pressure …🦍
— J. Shepherd (@JavonneShepherd) January 31, 2019
Keilan Robinson (4-star running back; Washington D.C.)
A longtime Alabama commit, Robinson appears poised to sign with the Crimson Tide, barring a last-minute change of heart.
Henry To’oto’o (4-star outside linebacker; Concord, California)
The Crimson Tide is looking to sign another linebacker in this class and has long been interested in To’oto’o. However, the California product is still considering Washington, Tennessee and Utah as well.
“To’oto’o is a very realistic candidate to be a part of this class,” Simmons said. “I think Washington and Tennessee are among the schools that have a good shot as well. That one is up in the air, particularly with Washington. But Alabama has been the leader with him throughout most of the process.”
Ishmael Sopsher (4-star defensive tackle; Amite, Louisiana)
Saban has effectively extracted some of Louisiana’s most talented players in recent years. He will steal another heavily sought-after prospect from LSU if he can land Sopsher, who is also considering Texas A&M.
“I think Ishmael Sopsher out of Louisiana is probably the most important player on the board,” Simmons said. “I say that, more so, from a perception standpoint than anything else. I think it’s meaningful to go into Louisiana and beat LSU on one of their top targets. Alabama’s been working hard to do that.”
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— ishmael sopsher (@isopsher) February 5, 2019
There’s one more player already committed to Alabama — 4-star defensive tackle Byron Young from Laurel, Mississippi — but when he is making his official announcement is unclear.