National Signing Day was fairly quiet and uneventful for Alabama Football, no surprise given the Tide secured most of its 2024 class during the early signing period back in December.
Still, the absence of surprises meant it was a good day for Bama, who got signatures from the final three members of its 2024 class. 5-star wide receiver Ryan Williams, 4-star edge Noah Carter, and 3-star linebacker QB Reese all inked with the Tide after having previously given verbal commitments.
Quinton “QB” Reese is an in-state linebacker from Ramsay High School in Birmingham. Though he is slightly undersized and his rankings won’t blow anyone away, he is a natural off-ball linebacker with elite instincts and a nose for the football. Reese was a tackling machine at the high school level, and should prove to be a quality addition to Bama’s inside linebacker room. That room returns two starters in Deontae Lawson and Jihaad Campbell, but it lost a lot of depth this offseason. QB Reese will have an early opportunity to climb the depth chart and figures to be a special teams contributor this fall.
Noah Carter is one of the fastest-rising players in the entire class. The Arizona native was previously committed to Washington, but will ultimately join Coach Kalen DeBoer and several other former Husky players and coaches in Tuscaloosa. Carter is extremely twitchy off the edge; in fact, he looks like the type of edge prospect that Coach Nick Saban routinely turned into first round draft picks. He should immediately factor into one of the most interesting position battles on the team, as the edge room in Tuscaloosa is loaded with young but unproven talent.
Ryan Williams is undoubtedly the gem of this class. While Bama signed other highly-ranked 5-star players, Williams may be the most impactful, and he massively alters the optics of the Alabama Football program under Coach Kalen DeBoer. The uncertainty surrounding Williams following his decommitment only served to make it that much sweeter when he re-committed to the program and a new coaching staff that he had just recently met. Although Bama returns some talented wide receivers and brings in three other highly ranked freshmen (as well as a transfer in Germie Bernard), Williams is expected to compete and contribute almost immediately.
This trio wraps up the 2024 recruiting class for Alabama Football, which proved to be another elite class for the Crimson Tide. They will join their teammates on campus during the summer session to prepare for the upcoming season.