Alabama added commitment number 17 to its 2011 class when Quarterback Phillip Ely committed to sign with 'Bama earlier this week. Ely is rated as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com and a three-star by Scout.com.
Alabama extended Ely a late offer after 'Bama QB Star Jackson transferred to Georgia State. Without Jackson, the Tide would have had only two scholarship quarterbacks next spring: Phillip Sims and A.J. McCarron.
Ely is currently undefeated as a starter, just like Greg McElroy, 'Bama's senior star at QB.
Ely said, "I loved the campus and people at Alabama."
Ely's other offers included Arizona State, Cincinnati, Clemson, LSU, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Rutgers, South Florida, Tennessee, Central Florida, Vanderbilt, and Wake Forest.
The 6"1', 187-pounder took over QB duties at South Plant High School in Florida, replacing current Georgia signal-caller Aaron Murray.
Ely participated in the Elite 11 QB competition.
Stated Scout.com national recruiting director Scott Kennedy, "If I were to choose just on field vision and reading the defenses during the (7v7s), I might go with a player like Phillip Ely. He’s not the biggest out there. He doesn’t have the strongest arm out there, but when it comes to 7v7s, he’s usually taking up chunks of yardage."
Ely is teammates with the consensus number three player in the 2011 class: James Wilder. Wilder has trimmed his list down to Florida, Florida State, and Georgia.