Wide receiver is a huge priority for Alabama’s 2017 class, and the Crimson Tide have added their first commitment in this recruiting cycle.
Tyrell Shavers, a 4-star, 6-foot-6, 205-pound prospect from Lewisville (Texas) High School, committed to Alabama during an unofficial visit to the campus Monday, a source confirmed to SEC Country. He named a top 10 last month which included the following schools: Ole Miss, LSU, Florida State, Oregon, Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State, Texas, Miami and Texas Tech.
Alabama is also targeting four-star receivers Devonta Smith (Amite, La.), Jerry Jeudy (Pompano Beach, Fla.), Nico Collins (Pinson, Ala.), Henry Ruggs III (Montgomery, Ala.) and Jeff Thomas (East Saint Louis, Ill.). Those five names are believed to be Alabama’s top targets at wide receiver in the Class of 2017.
Shavers becomes Alabama’s fifth commitment in the past week. The receiver joins junior college 4-star offensive tackle Elliot Baker (San Francisco), 4-star quarterback Mac Jones (Jacksonville, Fla.), 4-star linebacker Markail Benton (Phenix City, Ala.) and kicker Brandon Ruiz (Gilbert, Ariz.).
Shavers is rated as the nation’s No. 23 wide receiver and No. 25 prospect in the state of Texas. During a Nike Opening regional in March, Shavers ran a 4.38 40-yard dash and had a 36-inch vertical.
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.
Chris Kirschner covers Alabama football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Bryant-Denny.