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Alabama Football Recruiting Early Signing Day Open Thread

Early Signing Day has become National Signing Day

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Wednesday, Dec 20th is the “Early Signing Period” for the Class of 2024 high school football players entering college. It has long ago supplanted the first Wednesday in February as the real “National Signing Day”. Much like most of the programs across the country, the majority of Alabama’s class is basically sewn up. However, there is still plenty of intrigue remaining.

2024 COMMITS

Currently, Alabama has 22 commitments. A majority of them are enrolling early and most of those are already participating in bowl practice. These individuals are not eligible to play in this season’s postseason but can travel to the game(s) and will share in any potential rings, swag, etc. All times listed below are CT.

** We will update this thread as things happens. **

  • 5-star QB Julian Sayin 6’1”/ 195 Carlsbad, CA EE BP - SIGNED
  • 5-star WR Ryan Williams 6’0”/ 160 Saraland, AL - Signing on his 17th birthday Feb 9. *
  • 5-star CB Jaylen Mbakwe 5’11”/ 178 Pinson, AL EE - SIGNED
  • Top 50 4-star CB Zabien Brown 6’1”/ 180 Santa Ana, CA EE BP - SIGNED
  • Top 50 4-star TE Caleb Odom 6’5”/ 215 Carrolton, GA EE BP - SIGNED
  • Top 100 4-star DE Jeremiah Beaman 6’4”/ 260 Birmingham, AL EE - SIGNED
  • 4-star WR/ATH Amari Jefferson 6’1”/ 190 Chattanooga, TN ** - SIGNED
  • 4-star IOL Casey Poe 6’5”/ 290 Lindale, TX EE BP - SIGNED
  • 4-star S Peyton Woodyard 6’2”/ 188 Bellflower, CA EE BP - SIGNED
  • 4-star EDGE Jayshawn Ross 6’4”/ 220 (Kansas City, MO) EE BP - SIGNED
  • 4-star WR/DB Jameer Grimsley 6’3”/ 185 Tampa, FL EE BP - SIGNED
  • 4-star LB Sterling Dixon 6’3”/ 211 Spanish Fort, AL EE BP - SIGNED
  • 4-star WR Rico Scott 6’0”/ 180 Harrisburg, PA ** - SIGNED
  • 4-star LB Cayden Jones 6’4”/ 220 Arden, NC EE - SIGNED
  • 4-star S Rydarrius “Red” Morgan 6’0”/ 175 Phenix City, AL EE BP - SIGNED
  • 4-star IOL William Sanders 6’3”/ 295 Brookwood, AL EE BP - SIGNED
  • 3-star LB Justin Okoronkwo (o-kor-RON-kwo) 6’3”/ 205 Munich, Germany EE - SIGNED
  • 3-star IOL Joseph Ionata 6’4”/ 290 Clearwater, FL EE BP - SIGNED
  • 3-star DT Isaia Faga 6’2”/ 275 Phenix City, AL EE BP - SIGNED
  • 3-star TE Jay Lindsey 6’5”/ 235 Butler, AL - SIGNED
  • 3-star DB Dre Kirkpatrick Jr. 6’0”/ 186 Gadsden, AL EE BP - SIGNED
  • 3-star LB Quinton Reese 6’0”/ 215 Birmingham, AL - Greyshirt candidate?

EE = Early Enrollees; BP = Participating in Bowl Practice
* Williams won’t graduate from high school until May.
** Jefferson and Scott go to private schools that do not allow early graduation.

ONES TO WATCH

Signing Day always has wild and crazy drama of all kinds. This year, it is the secrecy and uncertainty. So many of these guys are being tight-lipped about their decisions. There is no telling who Alabama will get today.

  • 4-star DL Steve Mboumoua (Quebec City) Has been compared to Jarran Reed. Favoring Bama. SIGNED! EE
  • 4-star WR/DB Texas commit Aeryn “Bubba” Hampton (Daingerfield, TX) - The Tide is back in the picture. It might be 50-50 at this point. FLIPPED and SIGNED! EE
  • Miami-FL commit 4-star RB Kevin Riley from Tuscaloosa County HS - Trending heavily for Alabama. FLIPPED and SIGNED!
  • 4-star RB(TE?) Daniel Hill (Meridian, MS) - He is big for a running back (6-1/230) with potential to be a tight end. Announcing on Jan. 6 at the Army All-American Game. Father is a former Mississippi State defensive lineman and they may be favored over Bama & South Carolina. Big mystery what will happen here.
  • 4-star DB Zavier “Zay” Mincey (Daytona Beach) will sign early but plans to announce on Jan 6 at the Army All-American Game. Florida and Miami are also in the mix. The ‘Canes may lead. UPDATE: Now the vibe is back to Bama. UPDATE 2: Hearing he won’t sign today. It’ll most likely be Thursday.
  • 3-star OT Favour Edwin (McDonough, GA) - Alabama, Auburn and Florida. UPDATE: Talk has it that NIL money might be a factor and Alabama is not willing to bid against other teams for FE. UF is the favorite. AUBURN
  • 3-star Texas A&M LB commit Tristan Jernigan (Tupelo, MS) - Aggies might hang onto him. UPDATE: As pointed out in comments, he is waiting until Friday to sign. UPDATE 2: It appears Bama has moved on from him.
  • Ohio State commit 5-star DL Eddrick Houston (Buford, GA) made an unexpected unofficial visit to T-town last weekend. He may stay with the Buckys but if he flips, Bama is the only possible landing spot. Sticking with anOSU.
  • 4-star EDGE Solomon Williams (Tampa, FL) - Softly trending Texas A&M. TAMU
  • Arkansas decommit 4-star RB Jadan Baugh (Decatur, GA) - FLORIDA
  • 5-star Auburn WR commit Perry Thompson (Foley, AL) - Probably sticks with the barn. BARN
  • There is talk that Quinton Reese might be a greyshirt candidate which is usually a polite way to move someone along.

TRANSFER PORTAL

  • DE LT Overton, formerly Texas A&M - COMMITTED - Bama wants him as a lineman, potentially to replace Justin Eboigbe. In high school, Overton was 5-star DL but TAMU used him as a Jack/Edge rusher. At 6-3 / 265, the Tide staff will work on beefing him up. He is a sophomore who originally reclassified. Thus, he is still young but has two years of solid SEC play and two years of eligibility remaining. He is participating in bowl practice but is not allowed to play in this season’s postseason.
  • Texas A&M WR Evan Stewart entered the transfer portal Tuesday evening. Alabama was a close second to landing him in 2022 and should be squarely in the mix for his transfer.
  • There is not a lot of Bama buzz around UTSA EDGE Trey Moore after his Official Visit to Tuscaloosa.
  • Southern Cal cornerback Domani Jackson has entered the TP. He was a 2022 5-star recruit and Alabama target. Might the Tide give him a look?

CROOTIN SCHEDULE

  • Dec 18-Jan 11: Dead Period
  • Dec 20-22: Early Signing Period
  • Jan 12-Feb 3: New contact period begins
  • Feb 4: Quiet Period
  • Feb 5-Mar 3 Dead Period
  • Feb 7-Apr 1: Second Signing Day

PORTAL SCHEDULE

  • Dec 4: Transfer Portal opened
  • Jan 2: Portal closes

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