Bryce Young flips commitment to Alabama football, gives Tide top dual-threat QB in 2020

Alex Byington
Montgomery Advertiser
Mater Dei (California) High quarterback Bryce Young, the nation's No. 1 dual-threat prospect in the 2020 class, verbally flipped his commitment from Southern Cal to Alabama on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, with this image uploaded to his personal Twitter account. (Courtesy photo)

TUSCALOOSA — Alabama’s future at quarterback received a massive lift Sunday afternoon when Bryce Young, the nation’s No. 1-rated dual-threat quarterback according to, flipped his commitment from Southern Cal to Alabama.

Young, a five-star product from Santa Ana, California’s Mater Dei High per 247's individual rankings, announced his verbal pledge to Alabama following an official visit to Tuscaloosa this weekend. Young was spotted on the Bryant-Denny Stadium sideline prior to Saturday’s 49-7 win over Southern Miss.

It was Young’s second official visit following a trip to Southern Cal in mid-July. Young has also fielded heavy interest from Miami and UCLA among 28 total offers, but it has been considered a two-team race between Alabama and USC — who meet in next year's season-opener in Arlington, Texas — since the summer.

Young, listed at 5-foot-11 and 183 pounds, has been committed to his home-state Trojans since July 25, 2018, but has long been rumored to be reconsidering his options in favor of Alabama.

Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian during warm ups before the New Mexico State game at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Saturday September 7, 2019.

The Crimson Tide’s lead recruiter for Young is first-year offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, the former Southern Cal and Washington head coach who gave Tide junior quarterback Tua Tagovailoa his first offer out of Hawaii.

Young, who is reportedly the top quarterback on Alabama’s recruiting board according to’s Hank South, has averaged more than 3,600 passing yards and 40 touchdowns over the past two seasons, along with nearly 300 rushing yards and six touchdowns on the ground during the same time frame. So far this season, Young has thrown for 1,272 yards and 14 touchdowns in addition to five more rushing scores, four of which came in leading Mater Dei to a 34-18 win Sept. 14 over national powerhouse St. Frances Academy from Maryland, another pipeline for Alabama signees.

Fellow Alabama commit and four-star receiver Traeshon Holden of Harbor City, California, appeared to tease Young's flip earlier Sunday when he tweeted: “All my Bama fans y’all finna be real happy.”

Young is the only quarterback commit and the third-highest rated player overall in Alabama’s 23-member 2020 class, which is ranked second nationally per’s composite national rankings. Young, who is ranked 32nd overall and the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback behind Texas A&M commit Haynes King according to the 247 composite, gives the Tide eight Top-100 nationally-ranked players in 2020.

Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) quarterback Bryce Young (Photo: St. John Bosco Football)

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