Alabama held only three commitments in the 2021 class through April. That changed in May, however, as the Crimson Tide coaches have added eight ESPN 300 recruits, most recently landing ESPN 300 linebacker Kendrick Blackshire on Tuesday.
Blackshire gives the staff 10 total ESPN 300 commitments and is part of a big push by the coaching staff to move up in the class rankings.
As the No. 178-ranked prospect overall, Blackshire is a 6-foot-1, 250-pound linebacker out of Duncanville High School in Duncanville, Texas. He chose the Crimson Tide over Baylor, Illinois, LSU, Oklahoma and Texas A&M, which made up his top six schools.
Before Blackshire’s commitment, Alabama had the No. 13-ranked class overall and has steadily been climbing with each commitment. The staff started the initial class rankings in May ranked outside the top 25 and didn’t move into the top 25 until May 22, as the No. 23 class overall.
Since May 22, the Crimson Tide have moved up from 23 to 18 to 13, with the potential to continue rising with this most recent commitment.
A big part of that rise was landing five-star offensive tackle J.C. Latham, a 6-foot-6, 310-pound lineman out of IMG Academy, on June 12, and five-star defensive end Dallas Turner out of St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on July 1.
Adding in Blackshire, Alabama now has three ESPN 300 linebackers committed with Deontae Lawson and Ian Jackson, Turner at defensive end, as well as two ESPN 300 safeties in Kaine Williams and Kadarius Calloway, as the defense is getting reloaded.
With only 12 commitments in the class, Alabama still has plenty of room to continue rising up the rankings and adding in more top-ranked prospects.