Forty-four Alabama high school seniors made the initial watch list released Wednesday for the 2020 Sports Illustrated All-American Team.
The total was the sixth most from any state in the preliminary list of 1,000 nominees.
Sports Illustrated plans to narrow the candidates to 250 in October, 99 in November and then announces a first and second team of 25 each and an honorable mention group in December.
The first-team selections will be invited to the SI Sportsperson of the Year banquet.
Among the Alabama nominations are top prospect Ga’Quincy McKinstry of Pinson Valley, Auburn commits Armoni Goodwin of Hewitt-Trussville and Lee Hunter of Blount and Alabama commits Deontae Lawson of Mobile Christian, Ian Jackson of Prattville and Anquin Barnes of Lee-Montgomery.
“The state is again deep and again loaded on defense in particular,” SI Director of Football Recruiting John Garcia Jr. said. “Versatile defenders are always welcomed at the highest level, and there are several at linebacker in Alabama that I’m fascinated with. Guys like Jeremiah Williams (Ramsay), Deontae Lawson and Ian Jackson can all rush the passer, fill a hole or play in pass coverage (space), and you just don’t see that three-down type everywhere. It’s why they will all play in the SEC.”
Garcia Jr. also said Gadsden City offensive lineman Rod Orr, who is uncommitted at this point and doesn’t have an Auburn or Alabama offer yet, could be a quick riser this fall.
“I think he has a chance to become the hottest recruit in the state,” he said. “He was one who probably needed some camp efforts to clinch the biggest offers, but they’ve trickled in anyway. He’s massive, athletic and likes contact, some traits many Power 5 programs can work with.”
Over the coming weeks, SI will unveil its preseason top 10 for each of 14 position groups. SI will unveil its initial preseason top 99 ranking, the SI99, on August 24.
Florida (142) and Texas (129) had the most players on the All-American Watch List.
The Alabama list included three Power 5 quarterback commits in Daphne’s Trent Battle (TCU), Gardendale’s Will Crowder (West Virginia) and Fairhope’s Riley Leonard (Duke).
Also included among the Alabama list are Thompson WR Sam Reynolds, the Ramsay defensive duo of Tim Keenan and Jeremiah Williams, Chickasaw defensive end Barry Davenport, Dothan running back Jaylin White, Blount RB Jarris Williams and QB Lamarcus Brown, Hoover RB Dylan Betts-Pauley, McGill-Toolen WR Jordan Mosley, UMS-Wright S Edwin White, St. Paul’s center Ivan Shultz, defensive end Dylan Brooks of Handley and the ACA tandem of Kamari Lassiter and Cam Jeffery.