Wide receiver Tyrell Shavers announced Monday that he’s committing to the Alabama Crimson Tide.
The 4-star recruit broke the news on Twitter:
According to 247Sports’ composite rankings, Shavers is the No. 159 player overall in the 2017 recruiting class and the 23rd-best wideout. The 4-star recruit ranks 25th in Texas.
“I enjoyed myself,” Shavers said after taking a visit to Tuscaloosa, per 247Sports’ Ryan Bartow. “Alabama is the national champs. My recruitment is over. I’m playing for the best.”
According to Bartow, Shavers had 36 receptions, 800 yards and 13 touchdowns in his junior year at Lewisville High School.
He’ll join a loaded 2017 recruiting class for head coach Nick Saban. Alabama is second to the Ohio State Buckeyes in 247Sports’ team composite rankings, boasting two 5-star recruits and 10 4-star recruits.
In March, Shavers participated in The Opening’s Dallas regional and tested off the charts for a player of his size (6’6″, 202 lbs). Below are his final numbers, courtesy of StudentSportsEvents.com:
The Dallas Morning News‘ Michael Florek noted that Shavers turned heads during the event:
Shavers already had 12 Division I offers coming into the day, but there were some gasps when it was announced that at 6-4, 200-pounds he ran a 4.38 40-yard dash, tied for the second fastest at the regional. (It was wind-aided.) Shavers ran a race with the top three finishers in the 40, but lost to Cedar Park cornerback Javelin Guidry, who originally recorded a 4.35. (Again, wind-aided.)
Shavers didn’t disappoint in the individual drills either. At one point he made a leaping catch over a cornerback’s head that drew awe from the corners on the sidelines watching.
Shavers’ height will make him an immediate target inside the red zone, depending on how quickly Saban wants to get him on the field. Over time, as his route running improves, he should grow into one of the Crimson Tide’s best receivers:
Calvin Ridley joined Alabama in 2015 and proceeded to record 89 receptions, 1,045 yards and seven touchdowns. Expecting Shavers to make a similar impression out of the gate would be unrealistic.
By the time Ridley leaves Tuscaloosa—be it after his junior or senior year—Shavers will be poised to become the team’s No. 1 aerial target.
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