Alabama has landed a commitment for the second time in as many days.
Shane Lee, a 4-star inside linebacker from St. Frances Academy (Baltimore), announced his commitment Tuesday night to the Crimson Tide. Lee visited Tuscaloosa last weekend.
The nation’s No. 3 inside linebacker per 247Sports is a former teammate of Class of 2018 5-star Jack linebacker signee Eyabi Anoma.
“Coach [Nick] Saban, I am honored and look forward to joining the dynasty you have and continue to create,” Lee said on Twitter.
With the addition of Lee, Alabama now has eight commitments in the 2019 class. Lee is the second linebacker in the class, joining 4-star outside linebacker King Mwikuta.
The Tide will still continue to recruit several other inside linebackers, such as 5-star prospect Nakobe Dean, junior college prospect Lakia Henry and 4-star prospect Christian Harris.
Alabama whiffed at inside linebacker recruiting in the 2018 class. The Crimson Tide wanted JJ Peterson, but once Jeremy Pruitt left for Tennessee, that was a done deal. The Tide also liked Vernon Jackson, but it became apparent that he wasn’t going to sign with Alabama, so the staff stopped recruiting him. The team also liked Brandon Kaho, but he surprisingly signed with Washington.
Alabama did sign 3-star inside linebacker Jaylen Moody, who surely was a backup plan for the team. He got offered in the final days leading up to National Signing Day. He’ll likely redshirt this season.
Getting ILBs this class is of the utmost importance. Dylan Moses and Mack Wilson are likely the starters heading into this season. Moses showed that he’s bound for stardom while Wilson has shown that he’s likely the next Tide linebacker who’s going to get selected early in the NFL draft. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him leave after this season. Outside of Moses and Wilson, there are lots of unknowns. Ben Davis hasn’t developed the way we thought he would coming out of high school and Markail Benton hasn’t played yet.
The good news for the Tide is that Dean, Henry and Harris are very high on the Tide and now with Lee on board, they have one of the best inside linebackers in the country.
Here’s a look at Lee in drills:
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