Alabama Football Adds 22 Student-Athletes on First Day of Early Signing Period

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama football announced it has added 22 student-athletes to its 2019 recruiting class on the first day of the early signing period on Wednesday.

The 22 high school players come from 10 states – Alabama (6), Florida (3), Georgia (3), Maryland (3), New Jersey (2), Illinois (1), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (1), Mississippi (1) and Texas (1).

As of 4 p.m. CT on Wednesday, Alabama's 2019 signing class was ranked No. 1 nationally by 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals.

As listed by position, the Crimson Tide add to its roster five offensive linemen, five linebackers, four defensive backs, three defensive linemen, two quarterbacks along with one player each at placekicker, tight end and wide receiver.

The early signees include DL Antonio Alfano (Colonia, N.J./Colonia), DB Jordan Battle (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas), TE Jahleel Billingsley (Chicago, Ill./Phillips Academy), OL Tanner Bowles (Glasgow, Ky./Glasgow), DB Jeffery Carter (Mansfield, Texas/Legacy), DL Darrian Dalcourt (Baltimore, Md./St. Frances Academy), DL D.J. Dale (Pinson, Ala./Clay-Chalkville), LB Justin Ebiogbe (Forest Park, Ga./Forest Park), LB Christian Harris (Baton Rouge, La./University Lab), LB Kevin Harris II (Loganville, Ga./Grayson), DB DeMarco Hellams (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha Catholic), DL Braylen Ingraham (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas), OL Amari Kight (Alabaster, Ala./Thompson), LB Shane Lee (Baltimore, Md./St. Frances Academy), WR John Metchie (Highstown, N.J./The Peddle School), LB King Mwikuta (West Point, Ga./Troup County), OL Evan Neal (Okeechobee, Fla./IMG Academy), OL Pierce Quick (Trussville, Ala./Hewitt-Trussville), PK Will Reichard (Hoover, Ala./Hoover), QB Taulia Tagovailoa (Alabaster, Ala./Thompson), DB Brandon Turnage (Oxford, Miss/Lafayette) and QB Paul Tyson (Trussville, Ala./Hewitt-Trussville).

Among the 22 players are:

Two five-star prospects (by at least one of the following: 247Sports, Rivals, ESPN): Antonio Alfano and Evan Neal
Nineteen four-star prospects (by at least one of the following: 247Sports, Rivals, ESPN): Jordan Battle, Jahleel Billingsley, Tanner Bowles, Jeffery Carter, Darrian Dalcourt, D.J. Dale, Justin Eboigbe, Christian Harris, Kevin Harris II, DeMarcus Hellams, Braylen Ingraham, Amari Kight, Shane Lee, John Metchie, King Mwikuta, Pierce Quick, Taulia Tagovailoa, Brandon Turnage and Paul Tyson
Twelve players selected to participate in the Under Armour All-America Game: Jordan Battle, Jeffery Carter, Darrien Dalcourt, Justin Eboigbe, Kevin Harris II, Amari Kight, Shane Lee, King Mwikuta, Evan Neal, Pierce Quick, Will Reichard and Brandon Turnage
Three players selected to participate in the Army All American Bowl: Antonio Alfano, Christian Harris, and Taulia Tagovailoa
Eighteen players in the ESPN300: Antonio Alfano, Jordan Battle, Tanner Bowles, Jeffery Carter, D.J. Dale, Justin Eboigbe, Christian Harris, Kevin Harris II, DeMarcus Hellams, Braylen Ingraham, Amari Kight, Shane Lee, King Mwikuta, Evan Neal, Pierce Quick, Taulia Tagovailoa, Brandon Turnage and Paul Tyson
Six players in the Rivals100: Antonio Alfano, DeMarco Hellams, Amari Kight, Shane Lee, Evan Neal, and Pierce Quick
Fifteen players in the Rivals250: Antonio Alfano, Jordan Battle, Jahleel Billngsley, Justin Eboigbe, Kevin Harris II, DeMarco Hellams, Braylen Ingraham, Amari Kight, Shane Lee, John Metchie, King Mwikuta, Evan Neal, Pierce Quick, Taulia Tagovailoa and Brandon Turnage
The nation's top kicking prospect: Will Reichard (ESPN.com, Rivals.com, 247Composite)
2019 Alabama Early Signing Day Roster

Signees (22)

NAME

POS

HT

WT

HOMETOWN/SCHOOL

Antonio Alfano

DL

6-4

285

Colonia, N.J./Colonia

Jordan Battle

DB

6-1

187

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. /St. Thomas Aquinas

Jahleel Billingsley

TE

6-4

216

Chicago, Ill./Phillips Academy

Tanner Bowles

OL

6-5

280

Glasgow, Ky./Glasgow

Jeffery Carter

DB

6-0

186

Mansfield, Texas/Mansfield Legacy

Darrian Dalcourt

OL

6-3

290

Baltimore, Md./St. Frances

D.J. Dale

DL

6-3

323

Pinson, Ala./Clay-Chalkville

Justin Ebiogbe

LB

6-5

263

Forest Park, Ga./Forest Park

Christian Harris

LB

6-2

239

Baton Rouge, La./University Lab

Kevin Harris II

LB

6-4

228

Loganville, Ga./Grayson

DeMarcco Hellams

DB

6-1

203

Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha Catholic

Braylen Ingraham

DL

6-4

260

Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas

Amari Kight

OL

6-7

307

Alabaster, Ala./Thompson

Shane Lee

LB

6-0

243

Baltimore, Md./St. Frances Academy

John Metchie

WR

6-0

195

Hightstown, N.J./The Peddie School

King Mwikuta

LB

6-5

240

West Point, Ga./Troup County

Evan Neal

OL

6-7

360

Okeechobee, Fla./IMG Academy

Pierce Quick

OL

6-5

285

Trussville, Ala./Hewitt-Trussville

Will Reichard

PK

6-1

185

Hoover, Ala./Hoover

Taulia Tagovailoa

QB

5-11

203

Alabaster, Ala./Thompson

Brandon Turnage

DB

6-1

185

Oxford, Miss./Lafayette

Paul Tyson

QB

6-5

217

Trussville, Ala./Hewitt-Trussville