Wide receiver Tyrell Shavers participated in Alabama’s first baseball practice of the season Friday afternoon. He played outfield as Alabama had practice before a brief scrimmage. His status for the season, and how he might divide his time between baseball and football if necessary, is yet to be decided.
“Excited to have Tyrell,” Alabama coach Brad Bohannon said. “A really pleasant young man, obviously really gifted athletically. Tyrell played a lot of baseball growing up and we really appreciate Coach (Nick) Saban being gracious and letting us have him. We’re going to take a look at it for a couple of weeks and re-evaluate it, but really enjoyed working with him so far.”
Shavers just completed his redshirt freshman football season, playing in all 15 games but not recording any stats. He arrived at Alabama in the same recruiting class as Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs III and DeVonta Smith.
Shavers would be the second player with football experience to play baseball for Alabama this season. Outfielder Keith Holcombe will play his senior season in baseball this spring. He chose to focus on baseball rather than return for his final football season at linebacker in 2018.