Recruitment fireworks: enough to recap after the busy engagement weekend of July 4
If you weren’t constantly checking your favorite news source over the holiday weekend, you’ve been missing out on a lot of the recruiting fireworks.
Here’s a quick look at some of the biggest news from the past few days:
Thompson QB will wear Carolina Blue
Thompson’s senior quarterback Conner Harrell signed on Sunday in North Carolina against the Northwest and Michigan. Harrell threw 42 touchdowns and was only intercepted three times in 2020. He joins 2022 State quarterbacks Zach Pyron (Baylor), Khalib Johnson (Louisville) and Tanner Bailey (Oregon) to head out of state to play college football.
Alabama adds DB to 2022 class
Anniston multisport athlete Antonio Kite, who will play defensive back at college, signed up to Alabama on Sunday afternoon. Kite also led the Anniston basketball team to the State Class 4A title last winter. He does not plan to play multiple sports for the Crimson Tide.
Northwest trend in Alabama
Although the Wildcats missed Harrell, they recently hit several other 2022 prospects in Alabama. At the end of last week, Northwestern secured a signing from McGill-Toolen defensive back Braden Turner. Oak Mountain athlete Evan Smith joined Pat Fitzgerald’s class on Saturday. Smith is a double-threat quarterback who is a versatile athlete. He also played against a wide receiver and was the Eagles playmaker, Class 7A State Champion.
Toro pipeline to UAB continues
UAB coach Bill Clark secured a commitment from Spanish Fort defensive back Carl Fauntroy on Sunday night. A Toro heading for Birmingham should come as no surprise. Fauntroy follows former Fort Spain stars like Hayden Pittman, Tyler and Thomas Johnston and Matthew Quinn to Birmingham. Fauntroy plans to stay at Spanish Fort for his senior year and play basketball for Jimbo Tolbert’s team.
Finkley narrows down his options
Hewitt-Trussville 4-star defensive linesman Judge Finkley reduced his college options to three on Sunday. Finkley listed Alabama, Texas, and Colorado as his top schools. He has not announced a date of engagement. Academics are important to Finkley, who has said he would like to be a surgeon after his football career ends.
McGill-Toolen forward Barry Dunning Jr. was due to announce his basketball engagement in Arkansas, Ole Miss, Memphis or his hometown of South Alabama on Sunday. However, McGill head coach Phillip Murphy said Dunning decided to postpone an announcement until later this month.
ON THE HORIZON
The state’s No. 1 prospect will decide this week
Thompson linebacker Jeremiah Alexander, the state’s No.1 player in the class of 2022, announced on social media that he would announce a commitment on Thursday. Alabama, Georgia and Clemson would be in a tight race for Alexander, who had already entered the Crimson Tide once.
OUT OF STATE NEWS
The best player of 2021 commits to the state of Ohio
JT Tuimoloau, a 6-foot-4.5 defensive lineman from Eastside Catholic in Sammamish, Wa., Engaged in Ohio State over the weekend. Tuimoloau skipped the two signing periods in order to visit the schools on its list. He chose the Buckeyes over Oregon, Washington and USC. He was listed as the country’s No.3 player in the 247 Class 2021 Composite Rankings.