Men’s Golf Adds Three
Jay Seawell announced the additions of Luke Coyle, Jack Mitchell and Tristin Wisener, who will join the Crimson Tide program for the 2023-24 season.
Campbellsville, Ky. | Taylor County HS
- Played golf on the varsity team since seventh grace under head coach Todd Polston
- 2021 Second Team Rolex All-American
- Named the Mr. Golf in the state of Kentucky in back-to-back years (2021 and 2022)
- Has been named as an all-state performer in five of his six years at Taylor County High School
- Helped lead his team to consecutive Kentucky state golf championships, winning the titles in 2019 and 2020
- Individually, he finished third in state in 2019 and was runner-up in 2021
- Won the 2021 AJGA All-Star Invitational
- Finished seventh overall at the Boys Junior PGA Championship with a 72-hole total of 285 (68-69-75-73)
- Placed fourth at the 2021 Bobby Chapman Invitational with a 208 (71-66-71)
- Also had a seventh-place result at the Barbasol Junior Championship after carding a 131 (75-66)
- Maintains a 4.0 GPA
Jay Seawell: “Luke is really the first prospects we identified after covid and we are excited to have him on board. I love his competitive fire and he’s got a very high ceiling. He’s from the state of Kentucky which somewhere that has been very good to us in the past and I’m excited that we can welcome another one of that state’s top golfers.”
Athens, Ala.| James Clemens HS
- Played high school golf under head coach Matt Noah at James Clemens High School
- Ranked as the No. 1 junior in the state by the Alabama Golf Association
- Claimed the 2022 boys 7A individual title after carding an 8-under par 136 (68-68)
- Named to the 2022 AHSAA boys all-state team
- Won the 2022 Alabama Boys State Junior Championship with a 54-hole score of 18-under par 198 (67=69-62)
- His third round score of 10-under 62 was the lowest recorded tournament score of his career
- Claimed the 2021 Elite Invitational, which was played at Pinehurst Country Club, with a three-day total of 2-under 208
- Recorded a third-place finish at the Lee Hodges Classic with a 36-hole score of 7-under 137 (68-69)
- Qualified for the 2022 US Boys Amateur Championship at Bandon Dunes
- Also earned a spot on the 2022 US Amateur Four Ball Championship
“We are excited to have Jack on board with us. He’s our Alabama state champion which I think is a really big deal. We have had a lot of former state champions play for us who eventually went on to big things and I think Jack is capable of doing the same.”
Hartselle, Ala. | Hartselle HS
- 2021 and 2022 First Team all-state performer
- Finished fourth at the Future Masters with a three-round total of 208 (71-70-67), winning the 15-16 age division in the process
- Captured medalist honors in four of the team’s eight tournaments in 2021
- Finished fourth at Future Masters and won age division (15-16) – 1-under par 71-70-67
- Also claimed victories in the state sectional and sub-state
- Finished fourth in the 2021 Alabama State Junior Am, finishing 8-under par across the 54-holes played
- Back-to-back top-five finishes at the Huntsville Junior AJGA, finishing second in 2021 and fourth in 2022
- Carried a 3.9 GPA and was a member of the National Honor Society
“I’ve known Tristin a very long time. He’s another former camper who will now be a part of our program. I have loved watching his game develop over the years. He is going to be a great asset to our team, and we are excited to have him as a part of the program.”
Women’s Basketball Inks Reychel Douglas
Alabama women’s basketball announced the signing of Reychel Douglas on Tuesday. With her addition, ESPNW ranked the Crimson Tide’s incoming class at No. 12 nationally for the early-signing period.
6-0 | Guard | Raleigh, N.C. | Millbrook Magnet High School | ESPNW Four-Star Recruit
A four-star combo guard, Douglas is one of the most dynamic players in the class of 2023. She displays an all-around style of play and has the ability to shoot from distance, attack the basket off the dribble and finish at the rim. Her offensive game is highlighted by a pull-up jump shot that makes her an all-around offensive threat. On the defensive side of the ball, she can guard multiple positions.
Douglas is the No. 1 guard and No. 2 overall player in the state of North Carolina in addition to being ranked 41st nationally by NC Prep Girls Hoops. She earned Bluestar 30 distinction, ranking 28th nationally, while being listed as the No. 51 recruit nationally by Jr. All Star Girls Basketball. Chapel Fowler of the Fayetteville Observer and USA TODAY Network ranked her as the Top 2023 Girls’ Recruit in the State. She’s ranked 50th by ESPNW for the class of 2023. .
Kristy Curry on Douglas: “Reychel is the consummate gym rat and the kind of player you cannot wait to coach. She is an aggressive guard who competes on both ends of the floor with great size who fits our up-tempo style of play. She brings a complete skill set and awareness to the court that will allow her to impact winning immediately.”
Softball Adds NJCAA All-American
Sophomore utility player Kendal Clark signed her national letter of intent on Monday.
Clark earned First Team NJCAA All-America honors as a freshman at at Des Moines Area Community College, batting .559 with 90 hits in 161 at-bats. She had 49 extra-base hits, including 20 doubles and 27 home runs and drove in 101 RBIs in 56 games played. She had a season-high 18-game hit streak in 2022, capped by a four-game series against NIACC where she went a combined 14-for-18 with five doubles, four home runs and 19 RBIs.
Utility player, Humboldt, Iowa
- 2022 NJCAA First Team All-American
- Had 90 hits in 161 at-bats for a .559 batting average
- Earned 49 extra-base hits, including 20 doubles and 27 home runs
- Drove in 101 RBIs in 56 games played
- Had a season-high 18 game hit streak in 2022
Women’s Golf Announces Two Major Signings
Alabama coach Mic Potter signed two standouts on Monday, Harriet Lockley and Kaitlyn Schroeder. Both are expected to make an immediate impact on the collegiate golf scene.
Harriet Lockley | Somerset, England | Millfield School
- Earned a spot on the Wales National Junior Girls Team
- Represented her country at the 2022 European Championships
- Helped lead Wales to an eighth-place finish overall
- Individually, she placed seventh at the event to set the pace for her team
- Competed at the 2022 European Nation’s Cup where she placed fifth individually
- Won The Open qualifier after shooting a six-under-par 66
- Was unable to compete at The Open due to injury
- Finished 10th in stroke play at the British Girls Amateur to reach match play
- A member of the 2021 Vagliano Cup Junior squad that competed against a team from mainland Europe.
“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Harriet into the Crimson Tide golf family. We first saw her play at the 2019 British Girls Championship, and I could tell by the way she played and carried herself that she would be a good fit for our program and culture. Harriet has gone on to be one of the top juniors, not only in Great Britain and Ireland, but in the whole of Europe. She is a member of the Welsh National Junior Girls Team and has a wealth of experience in International competitions. We can’t wait for her to bring that experience to Tuscaloosa.”
Kaitlyn Schroeder | Jacksonville, Fla. | Home Schooled
- Scheduled to enroll at UA in January for the 2023 spring semester
- Ranked as the No. 1 player in the class of 2023 and the top-ranked junior girls’ golfer according to the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA)
- A three-time AJGA All-America from 2020-22
- Earned First Team All-America accolades in 2022
- Was also named to the AJGA Second Team All-America team in 2020 and 2021
- Named the 2022 AJGA Rolex Player of the Year
- Won the 2022 Girls Junior PGA Championship, shooting 14 under across the four rounds
- Won the 2022 Rolex Girls Championship
- Competed in the 2021 Team Junior Solheim Cup for Team USA
“Kaitlyn is not only the No. 1-ranked player in the class of 2023 but is also the top-ranked junior girl across all classes by the AJGA. She was just announced as the AJGA Player of the Year and has won some major events this summer including the Rolex Junior as well as the PGA Junior. Her ability to close in major tournaments will be an invaluable asset to our team. It was clear from the beginning of the recruiting process that Kaitlyn was a perfect fit for our program. She loves all sports, especially football, and loved the commitment that Alabama has made to excelling and competing for championships in all our programs. The addition of Kaitlyn to our golf program will be a game-changer for us but having her as a member of the Crimson Tide community will make us all better.
Alabama Soccer Signs Seven
Looking to build on this season’s success, the Alabama Crimson Tide soccer team signed Cali Brewer, Taylor Esper, Kennedy Garcia, Coralie Lallier, Kierson McDonald, Nadia Ramadan and Cameron Silva to the class of 2023
“We couldn’t be more excited about this 2023 class,” head coach Wes Hart said in a statement. “We feel they have the talent and ability to impact Bama Soccer in a big way. They check a lot of the boxes we were looking for.”
Riverside, Calif. | Academy of Innovation | So Cal Blues ECNL | Center Back
- A 5-10 center back out of Riverside, Calif.
- Invited to the 2017 U.S. Soccer National Training Center
- Participated in the 2022 ECNL National Selection Game in Phoenix, Ariz.
- U.S. Youth Soccer (USYS) National Champion and USYS Far-West Regional Champion
- Back-to-back 4x Cal-South National Cup State Champion
San Diego, Calif. | Mission Bay High School | City SC | Midfielder
- A 5-9 midfielder out of San Diego, Calif.
- Invited to the Youth National Team ID Center on six occasions, in addition to being selected for the GA Southwest Talent ID roster and GA National Talent roster
- Named the 2005 ECNL Crossfire Discovery Player in addition to being selected to the 2005 GA Team
- Named to the All-League CIF Sports Girls Soccer team for her performance with Mission Bay High School
Westampton, N. J. | Rancocas Valley High School | ECNL blue truckers | Forward
- A 5-4 forward out of Westampton, N.J.
- Invited to the 2019 U.S. Club Training Camp in Oregon and the 2018 U.S. Club Soccer program in Florida
- Named NJSSCA top-20 South Region and NJSSCA top-20 state
- 2021-22 All-America high school nominee, while earning 2022 NJSA first team and 2019 third-team honors
- Captain of Rancocas Valley in addition to being named MVP in 2021-2022
St-Hubert, Quebec | Le Collège Français de Longueuil | Programme Excel Féminin | Goalkeeper
- A 5-6 defender out of St-Hubert, Québec
- Competed in both the U17 FIFA World Cup and U20 FIFA World Cup
- Participated at the U17 Concacaf Championships in 2022
Birmingham, Ala. | Oak Mountain High School | Alabama FC ECNL | Defender
- A 5-10 defender out of Birmingham, Ala.
- Earned Southeast All-Conference First-Team honors for her performance with Alabama FC ECNL
- Named Metro Player of the Year in addition to being named an All-Metro First Team honoree
- Selected All-State First Team, All-County First Team and 2021 AHSAA State Tournament MVP
- Won the 2021 Alabama State Championship
Chicago, Ill. | Huntley High School | Sockers FC Chicago | Midfielder
- A 5-7 midfielder out of Chicago, Ill.
- Served as captain for the U-17 Egyptian team in the Women’s World Cup Qualifier against Nigeria
- Has competed with the Egyptian National Team for four years (2019-present), playing with the U-17 and U-20 squads
- 2021-22 GA National finalist and GA Mid-America Conference Champion
Menteca, Calif. | Manteca High School | Mustang SC | Midfielder
- A 5-2 center midfielder out of Menteca, Calif.
- Named All-Area Midfielder (2019-20) and All-Area Forward of the Year (2021-22)
- Earned ECNL Second Team Northwest All-Conference honors for her performance with Mustang SC
- Participated in U.S. Youth National Team ID Camp in Phoenix, Ariz.
- Selected for the Valley Oak League MVP as a freshman
Alabama Rowing Adds Eight
“This is a great class,” head coach Glenn Putyrae said. “We were looking for athletes that love rowing and see Alabama as the best place to pursue their academic and athletic goals. All these athletes possess these traits, and we can’t wait for them to join our team.”
Zoe DeFeo– Winter Park, Fla.
- Won Florida State Championship and Scholastic National Championship in the Varsity 8+ in 2022
- Raced at Royal Henley Regatta in England and made the grand final in 2022
- Won the Coach’s Award in 2021
- Attended 2021 Olympic Development Camp for Southeast Region
“I chose Alabama because of its rich tradition of athletic and academic excellence. The school is beautiful, the rowing facilities are incredible, and the energy throughout the campus is unmatched. I’m excited to be a part of the Alabama athletic family and to be able to contribute to the place where Legends are Made!”
Julianna Franklin – Long Island, N.Y.
- Raced at Youth Nationals in 2022 in the Youth 8+
- Raced at Head of the Charles in the Youth 8+
“I knew when I chose Alabama that it was the place for me. Spending time with the girls made me feel like a part of the team already. Alabama truly felt like home and with the support they provide academically and athletically, I couldn’t imagine myself anywhere else. It was a truly positive environment, and I am so excited to see what the future holds! Row Tide!”
Sydney Goldman – Bethesda, Md.
- Bronze at Stotesbury Cup in Senior 8+ in 2021
- 5th at Summer Nationals in 2022 in the Youth 8+
- 1st at WMIRA Championship in Senior 8+ in 2021
“I knew as soon as I met the coaches and the team that Alabama would be perfect for me. I can’t wait to be a part of such an exciting atmosphere on campus and push myself alongside such talented athletes! Roll Tide!”
Elsie Jackson – Chicago, Ill.
- Finished 3rd at Head of the Hooch this fall in the U19 8+
- Competitive gymnast until 2021, when she transitioned to rowing
“The coaching staff and team made it feel like home right when I stepped onto campus! I also really loved the campus and all the amazing things that Alabama has to offer!”
Ingrid Lofgren – Milwaukee, Wis.
- Invited to USRowing Selection Camp in 2022 and 2021
- Competed at Summer Nationals as a part of the Selection Development team, finishing 1st in the 4- and 2nd in the 2-.
- Competed at Youth Nationals and Head of the Charles
- Competitive swimmer and triathlete
“I chose UA because of the team dynamic and amazing coaching staff. The team has an energetic and supportive vibe that I’m so excited to be a part of. The coaches add to that dynamic by supporting the girls in every way possible.”
Ashley Perrott – Winter Park, Fla.
- Won Florida State Championship and Scholastic National Championship in the Varsity 8+ in 2022
- Raced at Royal Henley Regatta in England in 2022 and made grand final
- Attended 2021 Olympic Development Camp for Southeast Region
“I chose to attend Alabama because of the team. The girls made me feel included and extremely comfortable. After spending time with them, I knew that’s where I wanted to be. But not only that, where the school and rowing facilities are located are beautiful. As Coach Bianca said, those beautiful trees really do get you.”
Annadele Tuggle – Greensboro, N.C.
- Raced in the 1x, 2x, and 4x on regional and national levels
- Previously competed in gymnastics
“I chose Alabama because first of all it’s always been top of my list, but I couldn’t solidify that decision since I had never visited. Once I visited it felt right. I’ve visited many other schools in-state and out, but none compared to Alabama. I loved the atmosphere, coaches, team, facilities, and campus. Alabama is very pretty and well-kept. The opportunities at UA are endless and UA is the one school that lived up to its name. When I left, I knew that’s where I need to go and it’s the best choice for me.”
Sydney Warmbier – Lithia, Fla.
- 3rd place in the Varsity 1x at Nationals and 2nd place at Florida State Championship in 2022
- 3rd place in the 2- at Florida State Championship, 2021
- Invited to US Rowing High Performance Camp, Summer of 2022
- Raced in the Youth 4x and Youth 8+ at Summer Nationals, finishing 4th in the 8+
- Competitive swimmer
“What I am most excited about being a student-athlete at UA is what I can accomplish while I’m there. I am very competitive, and I am ready for the challenge of whatever is thrown my way. I can see many opportunities for myself here. I cannot wait to get the chance to work with the phenomenal coaching staff and my future teammates. There is also something so infectious about the students’ energy and enthusiasm that I cannot wait to be a part of it. Roll Tide!”
Softball Welcomes Three Additions
Alabama softball added three players in the early signing period, including the sister of a current Crimson Tide outfielder. Jocelyn Briski, Kenleigh Cahalan and Lauren Johnson are slated to join the Crimson Tide as freshmen for the 2024 season.
Jocelyn Briski (RHP – Phoenix, Arizona)
- Two-time Region Player of the Year (2021-22)
- Desert Vista High School all-time strikeouts leader (737)
- PGF 2023 All-American Futures
- 0.42 career ERA, 33 wins and .517 batting average at Desert Vista
- Ranked 11th in class by Perfect Game Softball, 13th by Softball America
- 2022 6A State Pitcher of the Year
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Patrick Murphy on Jocelyn Briski
“We think Jocelyn has the potential to be a great collegiate pitcher. Her intangibles are off the charts. We are so excited to sign someone from the softball hotbed of Arizona.”
Kenleigh Cahalan (IF – Trussville, Alabama)
- Ranked No. 1 overall player in 2023 class by Perfect Game Softball
- 2022 Alabama Miss Softball
- 2022 MaxPreps Alabama Player of the Year
- Two-time Gatorade Player of the Year finalist (2021-22)
- Two-time PGF All-American and MaxPreps All-American
- 2022 PGF 18U National Champion with Birmingham Thunderbolts
- 2022 All-State Player of the Year
- 7A State Runner-Up
- All-State every year of varsity
- Made All-State as 8th grader, the youngest player in 7A ever to do so
Patrick Murphy on Kenleigh Cahalan
“Kenleigh’s athleticism and work ethic pushed her to the top of the nation for this recruiting class. She’s got great pop, smooth hands and a great love of the game.”
Lauren Johnson (OF – Franklin, Tennessee)
- Sister of current Crimson Tide softball player Jenna Johnson
- 2022 Middle Tennessee Softball Player of the Year
- Tied 9th at 2022 18U Alliance National Championship
- Broke Centennial High School records for RBIs, home runs, runs scored and career batting average
- 2021 District Rookie of the Year
- 2022 District MVP
- 2022 First Team All-Midstate
Patrick Murphy on Lauren Johnson
“Lauren has speed, pop and great game sense. She’s made web gems almost every game we’ve watched her play. For the first time in our history, we will have sisters on the same team!”
Gymnastics Signs Trio
New Alabama gymnastics coach Ashley Johnston has officially signed her first recruiting class. Chloe LaCoursiere, Gabby Ladanyi and Jamison Sears are all set to join the Crimson Tide next fall as part of the class of 2023.
“We’re extremely pleased to have this outstanding class join us at Alabama,” Johnston said in a press release. “Chloe, Gabby and Jamison are all tremendous gymnasts and dedicated students, but most importantly they are all extraordinary people. We’re excited to continue building the relationships that started during the recruiting process and we know that they will each make a positive impact in the gym, but also as members of our Crimson Tide gymnastics family.”
5-4 | San Diego, Calif. | Coastal Gymnastics Academy
Chloe LaCoursiere Said: “As soon as I started talking to the coaching staff, it felt like family. They truly wanted me on the team and told me I would have another family even if I was over a thousand miles from home. When I stepped on campus, they showed me that would be the case. Freshmen to super seniors treated one another like they had known each other forever.”
- The daughter of Yvette and Terry LaCoursiere
- Competes for Ellie Gerber and Ryan Lipinski at the Coastal Gymnastics Academy
- 2022 USA Gymnastics Developmental National Team Member
- 2022 USA Gymnastics Development Program national champion in the all around, vault and uneven bars as well as taking third on the floor exercise
- 2021 Development Program National Uneven Bar Champion
- 2022 Regional Champion on the uneven bars and floor exercise and runner-up in the all around
- Runner-up on the uneven bars at the 2021 Nastia Liukin Cup
- Slated to graduate from Mount Carmel High School in May
5-2 | Spring, Texas | World Champions Centre
Gabby Ladanyi Said: “Alabama has been my dream school for as long as I can remember. I also really love the coaches and the team environment.”
- The daughter of Natalie and Robert Ladanyi
- Competes for Cecile Landi and Laurent Landi at the World Champions Centre
- 2022 USA Gymnastics Developmental National Team Member
- 2022 USA Gymnastics Development Program uneven bars national champion
- 2022 USA Gymnastics Region 3 uneven bars champion
- 2022 Texas State all-around, vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise champion
- Slated to graduate from Connections Academy in May
4-11 | Yorktown, Va. | World Class Gymnastics
Jamison Sears Said: “I have always wanted to be in the SEC, and as soon as I stepped on the Alabama campus it instantly felt like home and the people felt like family.”
- The daughter of Heather Froneberger and Steve Sears
- Competes for Tami Harrison and Rex Harrison at World Class Gymnastics
- 2022 USA Gymnastics Development Program National Champion on the balance beam and floor exercise
- 2022 Nastia Liukin Cup all-around and balance beam champion
- Competed in the 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championships
- 2019 USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic National Champion on the balance beam and floor exercise and runner-up in the all-around
- Slated to graduate from Tabb High School in May
Women’s Basketball Inks Two Prize Prospects
Alabama signed consensus five-star forward Essence Cody, and four-star forward Naomi Jones from Jackson, Ala.. Cody is a top-25 recruit in the country and has some national team experience, competing in the 2022 USA Trials in Colorado Springs.
Forward | Valdosta, Ga. | Valdosta High School | ESPNW Five-Star Recruit
A 6’4″ forward from Valdosta, Ga., Essence Cody, the 22nd-ranked recruit in the country by ESPNW, is regarded as one of the top interior players in the class of 2023. A versatile player in the paint, the five-star recruit can score with either hand and has the ability and footwork to cut through traffic. Adding depth to her game, Cody also is great from distance with the ability to step outside and shoot three pointers. On the defensive side, her skill to block shots and rebound allows her to control the paint.
Cody has competed at the 2019 and 2021 BallN Across Borders in Toronto, Canada, and Las Vegas, Nev., respectively, the 2022 USA Trials in Colorado Springs, Colo., and the 2022 Under Armour Elite 24 in Chicago, Ill. She was named the MVP at the UA Elite 24 in addition to being named a five-star recruit by ESPNW. Cody was also invited to the Wooten Camp 150 on multiple occasions.
With Valdosta High School, Cody was selected as the 2021-22 Player of the Year and GACA MVP for 2022. She was named the 2022 No. 1 post player in Georgia in addition to being ranked a top-five overall player in the state. She was ranked 18th by ProspectsNation.com and 27th by Blue Star.
“Essence is a five star for a reason,” Crimson Tide Kristy Curry said in a statement. “Her humble heart and work ethic, paired with a rare combination of size and perimeter skill, make her one of the most versatile forwards in this class. Her ability to handle the basketball, shoot the three and score inside will pay huge dividends in our up-tempo style of play.”
6-3 | Forward | Jackson, Ala. | Jackson High School | ESPNW Four-Star Recruit
Jones brings an active and energetic game. Her ability to block shots and rebound inside the paint has enabled her to control the game on the defensive side of the ball, while her footwork and control off the glass has contributed to her scoring presence inside.
Jones was invited to compete at the ASGR Top Ten All-American Camp. Ranked 87th by ESPNW, Jones averaged 15.4 points per game, 11 rebounds per game and 1.4 assists per game her junior year. The forward pulled down 107 boards, leading her high school team to a 22-4 record while earning first team AHSAA Class 4A honors. Her sophomore year, she helped lead the Tigers to a 29-3 record and a AHSAA State semifinal appearance. She averaged 13.2 points per game and 10.5 rebounds per game, while tallying 57 blocks. Jones scored her 1,000th point on Dec. 28, 2021. She also earned AHSAA Female Athlete of the Week honors on Feb. 14, 2022.
Jones has tallied 28 career double-doubles while at Jackson High School. She was named a two-time 4A First Team AHSAA All-State and 4A All-Region Team selection and a three-time All Area Team selection in addition to being named a Third Team AHSAA Class 5A selection as a freshman. Jones also competed in the 2021 North vs. South All-Star game.
“We are so excited Naomi has decided to stay in state. She is someone we have watched develop into a real talent, who brings great size and shot blocking ability to the forward position. Her love for the game and work ethic will allow her to develop into a high-level rebounder and scorer in the SEC.”
MBB Signs Davin Cosby and RJ Johnson
Shooting guard Davin Cosby has officially signed with the Crimson Tide.
Cosby is a consensus four-star recruit out of Raleigh, North Carolina.
R.J. Johnson, a combo guard from Huntsville, Alabama, has also signed with the Crimson Tide. Johnson, who plays for Grissom High School, is the only in-state signee of the class as of now.
Meanwhile, standout small forward Kaden Cooper will announce his college decision on Saturday at 1 p.m. CT.
Men’s Basketball Announces Two Signees
Four-star recruits Sam Walters and Mouhamed Dioubate have both signed with the Crimson Tide.
Walters is a 6-foot-8 forward that can stretch the floor and has a nice touch around the rim. His perimeter-oriented style can add offensive versatility to Nate Oats’ team next season.
Dioubate is more of a slasher. With his solid frame he can absorb contact and has shown flashes to finish above the rim. He also has the potential to grow into a shooter.
Swimming Signs Top-Ranked Prospect
Jada Scott, who committed to Alabama in May, has officially signed with the Crimson Tide.
Scott, one of the top recruits in the 2023 class, won the 100-meter free and was second in the 200-meter at the 2022 Texas High School UIL 6A State Championships.
Alabama signed six athletes, all for the 2023 season.
“We are excited about this crew,” head coach Rashinda Reed said. “They all harbor their own authentic drive that will add to the continued growth of the team. In addition to being great people, they are fierce competitors that are hungry to make an impact with the Bama family.”
Allison Berent (Rochester Hills, Mich. – Libero – 5’7”)
- 2022 AVCA Second Team High School All-American
- 2022 Under Armour All-American
- Five-Star Recruit for 2023 Class by VBallRecruiter.com
- 2022 Under Armour Next Camp MVP
- One of eight athletes in any sport selected to 2022 Under Armour Next – The Workout
- Two-time Under Armour Next Camp Nominee (2021-22)
- 2021 AAU 16 Open National Champion
- 2021 Michigan High School D2 State Champion
- Three-time Michigan Final-Four team (2019-21)
- Three-time Michigan All-Region (2019-21)
- Three-time Michigan All-Academic (2019-21)
- 2021 Academic All-American Honorable Mention
- Third and fifth place finishes at US Junior Nationals (2019 14 Open, 2021 16 Open)
- 2020 Triple Crown NIT 15 Open National Champions
- 2019 Frosh 59 – Special Mention
- Four-year letter winner at Notre Dame Preparatory
Kyla Dunaway (Kimberly, Wisc. – Outside Hitter – 6’4”)
- Two-time AVCA Phenom award winner (2020-21)
- Alt Spring 2021 First Team All-Conference and Second Team All-State
- Third place finishes at USA Nationals (2021 16 National, 2022 18 Open)
- 2021 First Team All-Conference
- 2021 Post Crescent First Team All-Area
- 2021 Second Team All-State
- 2021 Team MVP at Kimberly High School
- 2022 USA Today Northeastern Wisconsin High School Volleyball Player of the Year nominee
- 2022 USA Nationals Prep Volleyball All-Tournament Team Honorable Mention
Lily Hopkins (Tomball, Texas – Libero – 5’6”)
- 2022 AVCA All-Region
- 2022 VYPE Houston “Big 3”
- 2022 AVCA Best & Brightest
- 2022 Katy/Cy Fair Tournament All-Tournament Team
- 2022 Windy City Qualifier All-Tournament
- 2022 Greater Houston Area Preseason Team
- 2022 Dominican Republic libero nominee
- 2022 Lone Star Preps top defender
- 2021 PrepVolleyball All-American, one of its top liberos for class of 2023
- 2021 Under Armour Next Athlete
- 2021 Houston Metropolitan Area Defensive Player of the Year
- 2021 All-State nominee
- 2021 Tomball High School MVP
- 2021 All-District Defensive Player of the Year
- Two-time SuperNova All-Tournament Team of Sunshine Qualifier (2021-22)
- 2021 GHVA Postseason team
- 2021 GHVA All-Academic
- Two-time Academic All-District (2020-21)
- 2020 All-District
Callie Kieffer (Prosper, Texas – Setter 5’10”)
- 2022 AVCA First Team High School All-American
- AVCA First Team Best and Brightest
- AVCA All American Watch List
- Prosper High School Athlete of the Month September 2022
- Two-time Northwest ISD All-Tournament Team
- Dallas Fort Worth Area All Sport Player of the Week Nominee
- Under Armour Next Athlete
- Lone Star Qualifier 17 Open Champion
- Two-time First Team All-District
- 2022 Academic All-State
- Two-time Academic All-District
- 2020 Newcomer of the Year
- 2021 USAV 16 Open National Champion
- 2021 NEQ 16 Open Champion
- 2021 Northern Lights 16 Open Champion
Kaleigh Palmer (Wapakoneta, Ohio, Outside Hitter – 6’4”)
- Three-time First Team WBL (2020-22)
- Two-time WBL Player of the Year (2021-22)
- Three-time First Team All-District (2020-22)
- Three-time District 8 Division 1 Player of the Year (2020-22)
- Two-time Max Preps Ohio Athlete of the Week (2021-22)
- Two-time AVCA Phenom Watch List (2020-21)
- Two-time JVA Watch List (2020-21)
- 2019 OVR High Performance Girls Select Team – First Place/Gold
- 2019 OCC-Cardinal Division – Honorable Mention
Jordyn Towns (Loganville, Ga. – Middle Blocker – 6’6”)
- 2019 GISA 3A All-Region
- 2019 Most Valued Defense
- 2020 GHSA 1A Second Team All-Region
- 2021 GHSA 1A First Team All-Region
- 2022 GIAA 3A All State
- 2022 GIAA Region 4AAA Player of the Year
- 2022 GIAA 3A State Champion
- 2022 GIAA 3A Player of the Year Nominee
Early-Signing Period Has Arrived
It’s time for everyone to sign on the bottom line.
Well, not everyone, but pretty close.
Wednesday is the start of the early-signing period for all NCAA Division I sports minus football, and it runs through Nov. 16.
The initial day will likely be highlighted by individual announcements, with signing classes announced later on. Once an athlete signs his scholarship papers, his or her recruitment is officially over.
Although athletes will sign in everything from baseball to volleyball, basketball takes center stage as the majority of top classes are formed.
Alabama has four commitments in men’s basketball:
• Mouhamed Dioubate, 6-7 forward, Putnam, Ct. (recently committed on Oct. 16).
• Sam Walters, 6-8 forward, The Villages, Fla. (signing ceremony 2 p.m. CT)
• Davin Cosby, 6-5 shooting guard, Raleigh, N.C. (expected to sign Wednesday)
• R.J. Johnson, 6-3, guard, Huntsville, Ala. (the state’s top prospect).
Depending on which recruiting service you prefer, the Crimson Tide’s class is ranked somewhere around 12 nationally.
A player to watch is Kaden Cooper, a highly talented small forward out of Atlanta. He’s thought to be down to between Alabama and Oklahoma, and a decision could come at any time.
If the Crimson Tide can land Cooper, it could finish with a top-10 class, after having a consensus top-five signing class last year.
The regular signing period for basketball is April 12-May 17.
The early-signing period in football is Dec. 21-23.
This story will be regularly updated
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