Signees: 5-star Rashaan Evans (Auburn High School, Auburn, AL) 4-star Shaun Hamilton (Carver High School, Montgomery, AL), 5-star Christian Miller (Spring Valley High School, Columbia, SC) 4-star Ronnie Clark (Calera High School, Calera, AL), 4-star Keith Holcombe (Hillcrest High School, Tuscaloosa, AL)
Analysis: The one word that would best define Alabama’s five linebacker commitments is versatility. In fact, all five appear to be players who could line up at other positions, including Ronnie Clark (who could end up at safety) and Keith Holcombe (who could inherit the hybrid role that Vinnie Sunseri thrived in recently).
The group’s headliner, 5-star outside linebacker Rashaan Evans, cemented the Tide’s No. 1 class by announcing for Alabama in favor of archrival Auburn on signing day. Evans is a natural athlete who can rush the passer off the edge (17.5 sacks as a senior) and drop into coverage and stick with tight ends or slot receivers.
The other two prospects, Shaun Hamilton and Christian Miller, are intriguing talents who bring skill sets that seem ideal for the positions that they were recruited for.
Hamilton, who enrolled in January, is an inside linebacker with more lateral quickness than most give him credit for.
Miller, who racked up 38 sacks over his last two prep seasons, has been told by the Tide staff that he can fill the void left by Adrian Hubbard’s departure, according to Charles Power of BamaOnline (subscription required). However, considering that Miller currently weighs 222 pounds, a redshirt could be needed in order for him to add some weight to his 6’4” frame.