Recruitment Update: Several Upcoming Commitments, Including Top Player in the State
A slew of footballer hiring pledges and announcements are expected over the next few days, including a decision by the state’s top-rated player.
Thompson senior Jeremiah Alexander is ranked # 1 among rookies in the state by 247Sports and Rivals. The 6-foot-2, 240-pound rusher will announce its engagement on July 8.
Most expect Alexander to pick from Alabama – he was previously engaged in the Tide – Clemson and Georgia.
More players are expected to announce commitments with Thompson’s quarterback on Sunday Conner Harrell, Anniston athlete Antonio Kite and defensive rear of the Spanish Fort Carl Fauntroy. Oak Mountain’s Evan smith plans to announce its decision later today.
Harrell will choose from North Carolina, Northwest and Michigan. The 3-star rookie is the reigning 7A Class of the Year and led the Warriors to an undefeated state championship season in 2020. Most expect Harrell to pick North Carolina.
Alabama appears to be the favorite for Kite, who has also considered South Carolina, Tennessee and Central Florida. The 4-star athlete / defensive back is also the reigning Class 4A basketball player of the year.
Spanish Fort’s Fauntroy is looking to follow in the footsteps of former Toros players like Micah Gaffney (Virginia), Kris Abrams-Draine (Missouri) and DJ James (Oregon), all of whom have pursued defensive careers in college. Fauntroy’s offerings include Cincinnati, Colorado, East Carolina, Georgia State, Indiana, South Alabama, Southern Miss, Troy, Tulane, UAB.
The Oak Mountain Smith quarterback / athlete would have to choose between Duke, Tulane and Northwestern.
Also, the defensive tackle Hewitt-Trussville Justice Finkley plans to name its top four. The No. 6 player of the Class of 2022 has a number of offerings to choose from, including Alabama, Auburn, Stanford, Michigan, Colorado, Texas, Florida, State of Florida and LSU.
In basketball, the McGill-Toolen forward Barry Dunning Jr., the Gatorade State Player of the Year, will decide between Arkansas, Memphis, Ole Miss and South Alabama.
In other football recruiting news, Oxford’s Miguel mitchell recently hired at Vanderbilt. The 6-1,200-pound senior security has committed to the Commodores on Memphis, the Army, Wake Forest, Western Kentucky and more.
Highland Home 4-Star Defensive Lineman Faulk Keldric has added Central Florida to its impressive list of offers. The 6-5, 240-pound junior also has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, LSU, Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee in the SEC as well as Notre Dame, Penn State, Michigan, Florida State and more.