Recruiting Rundown: A-Day Brings Loaded List of Alabama Prospects

Alabama's spring finale enables the Crimson Tide to create a game-like atmosphere for a major recruiting weekend.
Recruit Michael Carroll visits Ohio Stadium the day of the Ohio State, Michigan State football game
Recruit Michael Carroll visits Ohio Stadium the day of the Ohio State, Michigan State football game / Lori Schmidt / Columbus Dispatch / USA

The Alabama Crimson Tide football program holds its spring finale on Saturday in the form of A-Day inside Bryant-Denny Stadium. While head coach Kalen DeBoer said on Thursday that he and his staff are treating what happens on the field as just the 15th spring practice, it marks the first time fans will be able to see the new offense and defense perform in person.

A little more than 91,000 fans showed up to A-Day in 2007 to welcome and celebrate newly hired Alabama head coach Nick Saban. There are rumblings that Saturday will bring similar numbers to Tuscaloosa, creating an exciting, game-day like, atmosphere for DeBoer and his staff to lean into in order to maximize a big recruiting weekend.

Alabama welcomes five of its Class of 2024 summer enrollees back to campus as the group finishes up their senior years and prepares to come to The Capstone. Additionally, three of Alabama's Class of 2025 commits are spending time in Tuscaloosa, enjoying the weekend as recruits and serving as ambassadors to other potential prospects.

The football program isn't the only program utilizing A-Day, as the basketball program is hitting the ground running, utilizing the big weekend to lure prospects from the transfer portal.

Checking out the Capstone

Class of 2024 Signees

  • Ryan Williams - The 5-star prospect out of Saraland High School is one of the most dynamic receivers in the Class of 2024. The two-time Alabama Mr. Football reclassified into the upcoming class and still maintained his status as one of the best athletes in the nation.
  • Amari Jefferson - Tennessee's Mr. Football is finishing his senior year at Baylor High School in Chattanooga and is excelling for the Red Raider's baseball team. Through nine games he's managing a .548 batting average with three home runs, 22 RBIs and six stolen bases.
  • Noah Carter - Carter was released from his NLI by the Washington Huskies and quickly signed with Alabama. He's one of the lesser known signees in the class as he spent most of the recruiting cycle focusing on West Coast schools, but at 6-4, 218-pounds he's got the frame and athleticism to be successful in the SEC.
  • Jay Lindsey - The Patrician Academy tight end is, like Jefferson, knee-deep in baseball season, but will take a short break for A-Day on Saturday. Lindsey has hit five home runs and pitched well through the early part of the season for the Saints.
  • QB Reese - The Ramsay Ram may have the most to prove in the Class of 2024. Reese is a 6-foot, 200-pound linebacker who plays with wreckless abandon securing 167 tackles as a senior.

Class of 2025 Commits

  • Duke Johnson - One of Alabama's four linebackers committed in the cycle, Johnson is a 5-star prospect out of Eastman, Ga. He's listed at 6-foot-1, 200-pounds by 247Sports and is considered the No. 3 linebacker in the class and the No. 6 player in the state of Georgia.
  • Derick Smith - He's a 4-star wide receiver out of Southside Selma High School. The two-way star had eye-popping numbers a junior catching 46 passes for 1,487 yards and 14 touchdowns while also carrying the ball 65 times for 1,036 yards and 9 more scores. As a safety he tallied 74 tackles and 11 sacks on defense.
  • Myles Johnson - The 4-star linebacker impressed the Alabama coaches last summer at camp enough to earn a scholarship offer, but unfortunately missed his junior year at T.R. Miller High School due to injury. He's rehabbed his knee injury and the 6-foot-1, 220-pound athlete is ready for a strong senior season.

Class of 2025 Prospects

  • Michael Carroll - The 6-foot-5, 290-pound offensive guard out of Doylestown, Pa. is a 4-star prospect and considered the No. 8 overall player in Pennslyvania by the 247Sports Composite. Carroll was spotted in the airport with former Alabama lineman Landon Dickerson on Friday.
  • Justin Hill - The 6-foot-3, 220-pound edge rusher out of Cincinnati is considered a 4-star prospect, the No. 12 edge rusher and the No. 6 player in the state of Ohio. In 11 games he made 36 tackles (16 for loss) with 13 sacks and two forced fumbles for Winton Woods High School.
  • Jaedon Harmon - The 4-star linebacker out of Rome, Ga. is listed at 6-foot-1, 215-pounds. Harmon is considered the No. 23 linebacker and No. 25 player in the state of Georgia. He totaled 80 tackles with five sacks and an interception last season on his way to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution All-State Selection.
  • Naeshaun Montgomery - A 6-foot-1, 165-pound wide receiver out of Miami is considered a 4-star prospect and the No. 17 player in the state of Florida. Montgomery could join a long line of receivers from the Miami-area to find success at the Capstone. He was offered a scholarship by the new staff in January.
  • Josiah Sharma - The 6-foot-5, 295-pound defensive lineman out of Folsom, Calif. is only considered a 3-star prospect by 247Sports, but his stock has been steadily rising. Sharma is young for his class, reportedly playing his junior season at 15-years old. He's shown capabilities as both an offensive and defensive lineman, but a quick first step and surprising speed make him an intriguing prospect on the defensive side of the ball.

Class of 2026 Prospects

  • Dia Bell - The 6-foot-3, 190-pound quarterback out of American Heritage in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. is the son of former NBA player Raja Bell. He's considered a 4-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 2 quarterback in the class by On3Sports. As a sophomore, he passed for 1,929 yards and 20 touchdowns.
  • J'Zavien Currence - A 6-foot-2, 195-pound safety out of Rock Hill, S.C. Currence is considered a 4-star prospect, the No. 9 safety and the No. 1 player in the state of South Carolina by On3Sports. He's listed as a cornerback by 247Sports.

Class of 2027 Prospect

  • Ba'Roc Willis - A 6-foot-3, 220-pound edge rusher out of Moody, Ala. He's not been ranked yet by any of the three recruiting services.

Alabama Basketball Transfer Portal Prospect

The Crimson Tide basketball program is hosting at least one transfer portal visitor this weekend in USF wing Chris Youngblood. Youngblood was a former 3-star prospect out of East Coweta High School in Sharpsburg Ga. who spent three seasons at Kennesaw State before transferring to South Florida. He's listed as a Tuscaloosa native, but reportedly moved to Georgia before his high school playing days. Youngblood, listed at 6-foot-4, 218 pounds averaged 15.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists while converting at 41-percent from 3-point range for the Bulls in 2023-24.


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