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2021 Alabama Crimson Tide Football Eligibility Tracker

Keeping track of the Alabama football roster through the 2021 season and beyond, when things may get even more complicated

The regular rules don't apply, thanks to the ongoing pandemic. 

Of course, that didn't stop Alabama in 2020, when it won another national championship under Nick Saban.

But not even he is sure how the changes adopted by the NCAA to get through last season might impact 2021 and beyond. 

For example, normally the NCAA limit is 85 scholarship players on the active roster at any point, and football programs may sign only 25 players during each recruiting cycle.

The latter part has been around since 2011, after Ole Miss under Houston Nutt had a 37-man signing class in 2009. The governing body closed down many of the loopholes he used to try and pack his roster, although coaches can still backtrack some to fill gaps from the previous year. 

However, the 85-player limit has been temporarily obliterated. 

When the NCAA decided that the 2020 season would not count against a player’s eligibility, regardless of if he played or not, the maximum limit became moot. Theoretically, a football team could have 100-plus scholarship players on the roster until those players involved all departed.

That's assuming the school could afford to do so. 

Alabama, of course, doesn't have much of a problem with that, and as a result 2021 National Signing Day pretty much went like everyone expected. Saban signed what many called the best recruiting class in history (at least on paper), and with departures and transfers a full but not overflowing roster.  

Saban actually inked 27 players to scholarships, with 14 on campus as early enrollees for the spring semester, and another 13 due to arrive over the summer. 

The coach doesn’t disclose scholarship information so there's always a little bit of guesswork involved, and there's always some coming and going over the summer.

Here’s a look at each position group following the 2020 national championship season, along with the year each player arrived. 

Those ranked in the top 99 of his recruiting class is labeled as such. The players in the Class of 2021 are as according to Sports Illustrated, and those who arrived in Tuscaloosa previously by the consensus rankings derived by 247Sports. 

p- recruited at another position.

* consensus top-32 player in his recruiting class (which essentially translates to five-star designation). 

Crimson Tide Offense (41)

Quarterbacks (3)

Bryce Young, 2020, [2]*

Paul Tyson, 2019

Early Enrollee 

QB Jalen Milroe, Katy, Texas (Tompkins), 2021 [81]

Running backs (5)

Trey Sanders, 2019 [6]*

Jase McClellan, 2020 [47]

Roydell Williams, 2020 [77]

Brian Robinson Jr., 2017


RB Camar Wheaton / Garland, Texas (Lakeview Centennial), 2021, No. 9

Wide receivers (11)

Thaiu Jones-Bell, 2020

Xavier Williams, 2018

Traeshon Holden, 2020

Javon Baker, 2020

John Metchie III, 2019

Slade Bolden, 2018 (p)

Early Enrollees

WR Jacorey Brooks / Bradenton, Fla. (IMG Academy), 2021, No. 45

SLOT Christian Leary / Orlando, Fla. (Edgewater), 2021, No. 47 

WR Agiye Hall, Valrico, Fla. (Bloomingdale), 2021 


SLOT JoJo Earle / Aledo, Texas, 2021, No. 75

Transfer: Jameson Williams (Ohio State), 2019, No. 87

Tight ends (5)

Cameron Latu, 2018 (p)

Major Tennison, 2017

Jahleel Billingsley, 2019

Caden Clark, 2020 (enrolled in 2021)

Early Enrollee 

Robbie Ouzts, Rock Hill, S.C., 2021 

Offensive line (17)

Evan Neal, 2019, [7]*

Pierce Quick, 2019, [40] 

Amari Kight, 2019, [76]

Emil Ekiyor Jr., 2018

Tommy Brown, 2018

Darrian Dalcourt 2019

Chris Owens, 2016

Kendall Randolph, 2017

Tanner Bowles, 2019

Javion Cohen, 2020

Damieon George, 2020

Seth McLaughlin, 2020

Early Enrollee

OT Tommy Brockermeyer / Fort Worth, Texas (All Saints Episcopal), 2021, No. 5*

OT J.C. Latham / Bradenton, Fla. (IMG Academy), 2021, No. 8* 

OG Terrence Ferguson, Fort Valley, Ga. (Peach County), 2021

C James Brockermeyer, Fort Worth, Texas (All Saints Episcopal), 2021


Jaeden Roberts / Houston, Texas (North Shore), 2021, No. 98

Crimson Tide Defense (46)

Defensive line (15)

LaBryan Ray, 2017, [28]*

Tim Smith, 2020, [56]

Justin Eboigne, 2019, [62]

Stephon Wynn Jr., 2018 [74]

Byron Young, 2019, [77]

Phidarian Mathis, 2017

Braylen Ingraham, 2019

Jah-Marien Latham, 2020

DJ Dale, 2019

Jamil Burroughs, 2020

Early enrollee 

DL Monkell Goodwine / Fort Washington, Md. (National Christian Academy), 2001, No. 89


DT Damon Payne / Belleville, Mich., 2021, No. 11*

DE Dallas Turner / Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (St. Thomas Aquinas), 2021, No. 33* 

DT Tim Keenan, Birmingham, Ala. (Ramsay), 2021 

DT Anquin Barnes, Montgomery, Ala. (Robert E. Lee), 2021  

Linebackers (16)

Chris Braswell, 2020, [19]*

Drew Sanders, 2020, [22]*

Demouy Kennedy, 2020, [39]

Quandarrius Robinson, 2020, [65]

Shane Lee, 2019, [78]

Will Anderson Jr., 2020, [17]* 

Jarez Parks, 2017, [91]

Christopher Allen, 2017

Christian Harris, 2019

Jackson Bratton, 2020

Jaylen Moody, 2018

Early Enrollee 

ILB Deontae Lawson, Mobile, Ala. (Mobile Christian School), 2021

OLB Keanu Koht, Vero Beach, Calif., 2021

OLB Ian Jackson, Prattville, Ala., 2021


ILB Kendrick Blackshire, Duncanville, Texas, 2021

Transfer: Henry To'o To'o (Tennessee), 2019, No. 44 

Secondary (15)

Jordan Battle, 2019, [43]

Brian Branch, 2020, [61]

DeMarcco Hellams, 2019, [84]

Jalyn Armour-Davis, 2018

Josh Jobe, 2018

Daniel Wright, 2017

Marcus Banks, 2019

Kristian Story, 2020

Malachi Moore, 2020

Jahquez Robinson, 2020

Early Enrollee 

CB Ga’Quincy McKinstry / Pinson, Ala. (Pinson Valley), No. 29*


S Terrion Arnold, Tallahassee, Fla. (John Paul II Catholic), 2021, No. 44 

S Kaine Williams, Marrero, La. (John Ehret), 2021 

CB Devonta Smith, Cincinnati, Ohio (LaSalle), 2021 

CB Khyree Jackson, Upper Marlboro, MD (East Mississippi CC), 2021

Crimson Special teams (1)

Will Reichard, 2019

Position Group TBD (1)


Kadarius Calloway, Philadelphia, Miss., 2021

Total: 89

Offense: 41

Defense: 46

Special teams: 1

TBD: 1

Consensus Top 32 Players (five-star): 13 (14.4 percent of roster)

Consensus Top 100 Players: 35 (38.9 percent of roster)

Transfer departures

K Joseph Bulovas to Vanderbilt

LB Ben Davis to Texas

RB Kyle Edwards

LB Kevin Harris to Georgia Tech

DL I.K. Ikner 

LB Ale Kaho to UCLA

WR Joshua Lanier to Jackson State

LB King Mwikuta

RB Kellen Robinson to Texas

S Eddie Smith to Illinois

DT Ishmael Sopsher to Southern California

S Brandon Turnage to Georgia

CB Ronald Williams to Michigan State

RB Keilan Robinson to Texas