The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted and shuffled the 2020 college football calendar, but one date has not changed: early signing day.
Wednesday marks the first day that recruits in the 2021 high school class can sign letters of intent with their schools, and several of Alabama’s prospects are expected to turn their verbal commitments into written agreements by day’s end.
It is also possible that Alabama is able to flip a player who has previously committed to another program, or secure an uncommitted player.
Alabama begins the day with the No. 1-rated class nationally by both 247 Sports and Rivals.
Check back here for live updates throughout the day:
10:50 AM: Four-star Duncanville, Texas inside linebacker Kendrick Blackshire has become the 13th recruit this morning to sign a letter of intent with Alabama.
10:30 AM: Three-star Montgomery defensive tackle Anquin Barnes has signed his letter of intent. He is the No. 18-rated in-state player by 247 Sports.
10:26 AM: Four-star Fort Valley, Georgia guard Terrence Ferguson — the No. 54 player nationally by 247 Sports — has signed his letter of intent.
9:54 AM: Alabama has its 10th letter of intent of the morning in four-star Marrero, Louisiana safety Kaine Williams, the No. 171-rated player nationally by 247 Sports.
9:30 AM: Five-star offensive tackle JC Latham, the second-rated player in the 2021 class by 247 Sports, has signed his letter of intent:
9:25 AM: The first surprise of the day. Alabama has flipped four-star Vero Beach, Florida edge rusher Keanu Koht from LSU to Alabama. The No. 198-rated player nationally by 247 Sports, Koht committed to the Tigers in July:
8:45 AM: The Tide’s seventh letter of intent has been processed in three-star Rock Hill, South Carolina tight end Robbie Ouzts.
8:17 AM: Four-star center James Brockermeyer and twin brother five-star offensive tackle Tommy Brockermeyer, both of Fort Worth, Texas, have signed their letters of intent. Tommy is the fifth-rated player nationally in the 2021 class by 247 Sports, while James is No. 186
8:00 AM: Four-star Katy, Texas quarterback Jalen Milroe, the No. 4-ranked dual threat QB in the 2021 class, has signed his letter of intent.
7:28 AM: Four-star Mobile Christian linebacker Deontae Lawson, the third-ranked player in the state and No. 55 nationally by 247 Sports, has signed his letter of intent.
6:51 AM: Alabama’s second recruit to sign is five-star Miami, Florida wide receiver Jacorey Brooks. He is ranked No. 34 in 247 Sports’ composite:
6:45 AM CT: Alabama’s first recruit to sign is four-star cornerback Devonta Smith from Cincinnati, Ohio. He is ranked No. 150 in the 247 Sports’ composite.
Mike Rodak is an Alabama beat reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @mikerodak.