Alabama target Darnell Ewell certainly passes the “eye test.”
Standing at 6-foot-3, 298 pounds, Ewell has a defined physique that stands out amongst a group of large high school football prospects. The Crimson Tide would like Ewell to play on their defensive line, but he can also play on the offensive side of the ball, too. At Nike’s “The Opening” regional in Charlotte, Ewell participated in 1-on-1 drills on both sides of the ball.
The four-star from Lake Taylor High School (Norfolk, Va.) has a top five of Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Michigan.
Ewell told SEC Country’s Corey Masisak that he would like to visit Tuscaloosa this summer but what gets overlooked a lot of the times may derail those plans a bit.
“It’s a lot of traveling,” Ewell said. “We’re a middle-class family. It’s a lot when you think about it — gas, food — state-to-state. It’s a lot.”
But if he does end up making it to Alabama, Ewell has specific things he’s looking for on that trip.
“The first thing I am looking to see is the education and the academic plan,” Ewell said. “There are a lot of people that mess up with that. I want to make sure I am OK with that. Definitely where I slide in with a position and just where I fit in.”
At defensive tackle, Alabama’s biggest targets, along with Ewell, are Marvin Wilson (Bellaire, Texas) and Tyler Shelvin (Lafayette, La.), who are both five-star defensive tackles, the same position Ewell plays on that side of the football. Aubrey Solomon (Leesburg, Ga.), who is a four-star DT, has Alabama as his leader.
According to Ewell’s 247Sports Crystal Ball, 83 percent of recruiting analysts that have offered a prediction believe Ohio State will be the school he chooses when he makes his commitment.
Ewell is rated as the nation’s No. 10 defensive tackle and is the No. 5 prospect in Virginia.
— Jeff Sentell (@jeffsentell) April 25, 2016
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.