Crimson Tide adds 22 student-athletes on first day of early signing period


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama football announced the addition of wide receiver Traeshon Holden and running back Jase McClellan to its 2020 recruiting class on Wednesday night.


The addition of Holden and McClellan ups the Crimson Tide’s class to 22 student-athletes in the early period.


The 22 high school players come from eight states – Alabama (9), California (2) Florida (3), Georgia (3), Louisiana (1), Maryland (1), Ohio (1) and Texas (2). Listed by position, the Crimson Tide added to its roster – four players apiece at linebacker, defensive back and defensive linemen, along with three running backs, two offensive linemen, a pair of wide receivers and one player at quarterback, tight end and athlete.


Among the 22 players are:

  • Three five-star prospects (by at least one of the following: 247Sports, 247Composite, Chris Braswell, Drew Sanders and Bryce Young
  • All 22 student-athletes are listed as a four-star prospect by at least one of the following: 247Sports, and/or
  • Seventeen players were ranked in the ESPN300: William Anderson Jr., Brian Branch, Chris Braswell, Jackson Bratton, Traeshon Holden, Thaiu Jones-Bell, Demouy Kennedy, Jah-Marien Latham, Jase McClellan, Seth McLaughlin, Malachi Moore, Quandarrius Robinson, Drew Sanders, Timothy Smith, Kristian Story, Roydell Williams and Bryce Young
  • Seventeen players were listed on the Rivals250: William Anderson Jr., Brian Branch, Chris Braswell, Jackson Bratton, Traeshon Holden, Thaiu Jones-Bell, Demouy Kennedy, Jah-Marien Latham, Jase McClellan, Malachi Moore, Jahquez Robinson, Quandarrius Robinson, Drew Sanders, Timothy Smith, Kristian Story, Roydell Williams and Bryce Young
  • Nine players were listed on the Rivals100: Brian Branch, Chris Braswell, Demouy Kennedy, Jase McClellan, Quandarrius Robinson, Drew Sanders, Timothy Smith, Roydell Williams and Bryce Young


2020 Alabama Early Signing Day Roster – Signees (22)

NAME                            POS       HT           WT                         HOMETOWN/SCHOOL

William Anderson Jr.       DL         6-4           230                         Hampton, Ga./Dutchtown

Brian Branch                   DB         6-0           185                         Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek

Chris Braswell                 DL         6-3           220                         Baltimore, Md./St. Frances Academy

Jackson Bratton              LB          6-3           233                         Muscle Shoals, Ala./Muscle Shoals

Caden Clark                   TE          6-4           258                         Akron, Ohio/Archbishop Hoban

Javion Cohen                  OL         6-4           296                         Phenix City, Ala./Central

Kyle Edwards                 RB         6-0           205                         Destrehan, La./Destrehan

Traeshon Holden            WR        6-3           196                         Harbor City, Calif./Narbonne

Thaiu Jones-Bell             WR        6-0           190                         Hallandale, Fla./Miami Carol City

Demouy Kennedy           LB          6-3           215                         Theodore, Ala./Theodore

Jah-Marien Latham         DL         6-3           297                         Reform, Ala./Pickens County

Jase McClellan               RB         5-11         200                         Aledo, Texas/Aledo

Seth McLaughlin             OL         6-4           278                         Buford, Ga./Buford

Malachi Moore                DB         6-0           180                         Trussville, Ala./Hewitt-Trussville

Jahquez Robinson          DB         6-2           185                         Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood

Quandarrius Robinson    LB          6-5           220                         Birmingham, Ala./Jackson-Olin

Drew Sanders                 LB          6-5           230                         Denton, Texas/Ryan

Timothy Smith                DL         6-4           325                         Sebastian, Fla./Sebastian River

Kristian Story                  ATH       6-1           213                         Lanett, Ala./Lanett

Ronald Williams              DB         6-2           188                         Ferriday, La./Hutchinson C.C./Ferriday

Roydell Williams             RB         5-10         207                         Hueytown, Ala./Hueytown

Bryce Young                  QB         6-0           190                         Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei




WR, 6-3, 196, Harbor City, Calif./Narbonne

Athletic wide receiver with size who earned four-star rankings across the board … the No. 26 overall prep prospect in California by and No. 244 on the Rivals250 … the Golden State’s 14th-rated player by 247Sports and No. 19 on the 247Composite … ranked by as the No. 37 player in the West Region and No. 21 player from California … the nation’s No. 20th-rated wide receiver per 247Sports …  the site also lists him as the No. 128 prospect nationally … selected as a Top 350 All-American by PrepStar … transferred from St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, Md., to Narbonne High School in Harbor City, Calif. for his final prep season … finished his senior campaign with 31 catches for 512 yards and seven touchdowns across seven games of action … selected to play in the 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame World Bowl in Cancun, Mexico  … coached by Manuel Douglas at Narbonne High School in Harbor City, Calif. … chose the Crimson Tide over Clemson, Florida, Oregon and USC among others.





RB, 5-11, 200, Aledo, Texas/Aledo

One of the nation’s top running back prospects and a big get out of the state of Texas late in the early signing day window … a consensus four-star prospect … ranked 43rd nationally in the 247Composite … the No. 8 running back and No. 6 player in the state of Texas in the composite … ESPN ranks him as the No. 34 player in the country, the No. 5 running back, No. 6 player in the Midlands Region and the fifth-best prospect in Texas … No. 60 in the Rivals100, ranking as the No. 7 running back and No. 6 player in the state … 74th in the Top247 and the site’s No. 8 running back and No. 6 player in Texas … selected to play in the Under Armour All-American Game … competed in Nike’s “The Opening” … led his team to the Texas 6A-Division II State Championship game in 2019, which will be played on Dec. 21 … has rushed for 1,268 yards and 27 touchdowns as a senior … has totaled 6,468 yards on 842 career carries with 122 touchdowns while catching 28 passes for 429 yards and three more scores … rushed for 2,073 yards and 47 touchdowns as a junior in 2018 … Class 5A All-State selection as a junior in 2018 … scored 28 touchdowns while rushing for 1,599 yards on 203 carries during his sophomore season (2017) while missing six games due to injury … rushed for 1,528 yards and 20 scores as a true freshman, earning MaxPreps All-Freshman Team National Player of the Year … also named the state championship game MVP as a freshman … played for head coach Tim Buchanan at Aledo High School … chose Alabama over Oklahoma after being a Sooner pledge for almost two years.