Good News: Just In Another Top Talented 5-Star SEC Star Commit To Alabama Football

### Alabama Football Flips Four-Star QB Keelon Russell from SMU

The Alabama Football team has secured its first quarterback commitment for the 2025 signing class by flipping four-star recruit Keelon Russell from SMU. The Texas native is ranked as the 57th-best player nationally and the eighth-ranked quarterback, according to On3’s industry ranking. Russell’s commitment has boosted Alabama’s recruiting class ranking from eighth to sixth, surpassing Oregon and Georgia.

Alabama had been considering quarterbacks like Deuce Knight, Juju Lewis, and KJ Lacey, but Russell quickly became a top priority. Following his official visit to Tuscaloosa on May 31st, Alabama emerged as the favorite despite his prior commitment to SMU. The Tide’s interest and Russell’s visit accelerated his recruitment, leading to his flip from SMU to Alabama.

Russell’s commitment is expected to have an immediate positive impact on Alabama’s recruiting efforts, particularly for offensive talent. The presence of highly touted in-state offensive tackle Micah DeBose on campus for an unofficial visit indicates that Russell’s commitment could influence DeBose’s decision, especially in Alabama’s competition with LSU.

A dual-threat quarterback, Russell resembles current Alabama quarterback Jalen Milroe with his explosive arm and rushing ability. Under the guidance of head coach Kalen DeBoer, Russell is expected to develop further.

### Addressing the Biggest Recruiting Question

Kalen DeBoer’s early success on the recruiting trail raised the question of which quarterback he would bring to Alabama. With Keelon Russell now committed, Alabama can focus on attracting top offensive talent to round out the recruiting class. DeBoer’s ability to recruit in the South was a concern for some fans, but his success with Russell has silenced those critics.

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