Alabama had only three commitments in the 2021 class through April. However, that changed in May, and the Crimson tide has rolled in summer.
Alabama coaches have added eight ESPN 300 recruits over the past three months, the most recent landing of which is ESPN 300 linebacker Kendrick Blackshear on Tuesday.
Blackshear, inside linebacker in ESPN’s 2021 positional ranking of No. 20, gives employees 10 total ESPN 300 commitments and is a major push by the Tide staff to advance to the class rankings.
As a possibility of finishing 178th overall, Blackshear is a 6-foot-1, 250-pound linebacker outside Duncanville High School in Duncanville, Texas. He chose the Crimson Tide over Baylor, Illinois, LSU, Oklahoma and Texas A&M.
Prior to Blackshear’s commitment, Alabama was ranked 13th overall. The program is steadily climbing with each commitment. In the preliminary class rankings in May, the team was ranked outside the top 25, and it did not move into the top 25 until May 22, as the No. 23 class overall.
Since May 22, the Crimson tide has risen from 23 to 18 to 13, with the increase likely to continue.
A large part of his rise was five-star offensive Jesse Latham, a 6-foot-6, 310-pound lineman, coming off IMG Academy on June 12, and five-star defensive end Dallas Turner out of St. Thomas Aquinas. July 1 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Along with the Blackshears, Alabama has three ESPN 300 linebackers committed, along with Dionne Lawson and Ian Jackson, two ESPN 300s in defensive end Turner and Kaine Williams and Kadarius Calloway as the defense reloads.
The staff also called for ESPN 300 receivers Jacori Brooks, Agie Hall and Christian Leary to be in the top 75 of the ESPN 300 wide receiver.
With only 12 commitments in the class, Alabama has plenty of room to add top-order prospects and elevate the rankings.