TUSCALOOSA, Ala. —The University of Alabama football program already has 24 players locked up for the recruiting Class of 2019, 15 early enrollees and nine who signed their letter of intent.
In part because the Crimson Tide didn’t sign the maximum number it was allowed last year, Nick Saban can go over the 25-man limit, but not the 85-man maximum when players report. Alabama, which had the nation's No. 1 class after the early signing period, is posed to add approximately five more prospects depending on how things shake out.
Thus, National Signing Day will be busy like usual, especially since some of those who had committed aren’t expected to end up with Alabama.
Here are 10 players to watch on Wednesday, listed in alphabetical order:
1] Khris Bogle: The 4-star defensive end out of Fort Lauderdale committed to Alabama during All-American Bowl, but he’s continued to visit schools. There’s a lot of momentum and pressure for him to stay home and play for Miami, if not Florida. His last official visit was with the Hurricanes.
2] Jerrion Ealy: The consensus 5-star running back from Flowood, Miss., visited Alabama over the weekend and while Alabama has already landed 5-star running back Trey Sanders there’s definitely room for both on the depth chart. Clemson and Ole Miss are the other front-runners, although the Tigers picked up a second running back over the weekend in Michel Dukes. The wild card with Ealy is he’s also an elite baseball prospect. Announcing at 11 a.m. hour CT, ESPN2
3] Quashon Fuller: The 4-star defensive end out of Lehigh Acres (Fort Myers area) has been a longstanding Florida State commitment, but visited Alabama over the weekend. Saban made his in-home visit last week so there might be some momentum building. Announcing at noon.
4] Keilan Robinson: The 4-star running back from the Washington D.C. area committed to Alabama last June, but declined to end his recruitment during the early-signing period. He visited Southern California over the weekend.
5] Brett Seither: The tight end has been very popular of late, with Alabama, Georgia and Penn State the frontrunners to land the 3-star player from Clearwater, Fla. He’s listed as 6 foot 5, 230 pounds. He grew up in Maryland and was expected to visit the Nittany Lions this weekend, who were late in making a run for him.
6] Javonne Shepherd: Alabama stocked the offensive line during the early signing period, but the Texas commitment appears to be looking hard at the Crimson Tide. At 6-6, 327 pounds, he’s a 4-star prospect out of the Houston area. However, his last official visit was with the Longhorns over the weekend. Announcing at 1 p.m.
7] Ishmael Sopsher: 247Sports is calling him the nation’s top unsigned defensive lineman (No. 5 defensive tackle and No. 47 overall prospect). The 4-star defensive tackle hails from Amite, La., and LSU is desperately trying to keep him from leaving the state. Texas A&M is also believed to be in the running. Announcing after 1 p.m., ESPN2.
8] Henry To’oto’o: Tosh Lupoi was considered the point man on the linebacker from California, so there’s no telling how much of a factor his departure might make. Washington and Tennessee are thought to be the primary competition. Alabama doesn’t have a lot of depth at interior linebacker so at this point he might top the Crimson Tide’s wish list. He’ll announce his decision after 2 p.m. on ESPN.
9] Christian Williams: Although he’s been committed since April, the 4-star cornerback from Daphne, Ala., is not expected to sign with the Crimson Tide. He visited LSU over the weekend. Announcing at 8 a.m.
10] Byron Young: The defensive end from Laurel, Miss., has been committed to Alabama since July. He recently visited Ole Miss and Mississippi State, and was in Baton Rouge over the weekend checking out LSU. He’s considered a consensus top-100 prospect and like Sopsher is a big body who can clog up lanes. Will announce at 8 a.m.
(Update: 5-star offensive tackle Darnell Wright will announce on ESPN's College Football Live after 3 p.m. on ESPN2, but is believed to be a strong Tennessee lean)
Recruiting rankings of Alabama’s early enrollees, signed players and commitments can be found in the player development section.
This story will be updated as necessary before National Signing Day