Alabama added two top 100 entries to its 2021 class on Friday when five-star offensive forward Tommy Brockermeyer and twin brother James announced their commitment to the Crimson Tide.
Tommy is the No. 2 prospect in the general classification, a tackle of 6 feet 6 inches and 280 pounds who chose Alabama rather than Texas, Clemson, LSU and Auburn.
“Alabama is just a program that I felt I couldn’t ignore,” said Tommy. “Their history and tradition of developing NFL tackles and a winning tradition is unlike any other school. I also wanted to challenge myself to play against the best competition in college football. ”
James, the # 99 overall prospect, is a 6 foot 3 inch 255 lb center who chose Alabama over Auburn, Texas and LSU.
“The winning tradition is unmatched with an unreal strength and conditioning program,” said James. “All Coach [Nick] Saban made that there is no equal, and it is an offensive line factory. ”
The brothers are both from All Saints Episcopal School in Fort Worth, Texas, and have close ties to the University of Texas football program. Their older brother, Luke, currently plays for Texas; their father, Blake, was an All-American for the Longhorns in the 1990s; and their grandfather, Kay, also played in Texas.
At first, it seemed like the Longhorns were the team to beat, but as their recruitment process continued, Alabama gradually gained momentum.
As twins, they both said it was very likely that they would end up in the same school, even if they went through the recruitment process as two different prospects. This added a layer to their recruiting as they had to try to find the right place for two people instead of just one.
“It’s probably more difficult because they’re two different people looking at the same thing,” said James. “So two people using the same thing are obviously more difficult than having one. ”
Alabama managed to convince the two brothers that Tuscaloosa was the perfect place, and now the two offensive linemen ESPN 300 are adding to the already successful months on the recruiting trail for Saban and his staff.
The Crimson Tide has now won 10 ESPN 300 engagements since May, including three five-star prospects with Tommy Brockermeyer; his comrade attacking JC Latham, the prospect n ° 9 of the class; and defensive end Dallas Turner, the No. 13 overall rookie.
Alabama was ranked outside of the top 25 in the class standings in early May, but has been climbing since the coaches added talent to the class. Prior to these two engagements, Alabama was 13th. He will probably progress now with the Brockermeyers on board.
Coaches now have 12 ESPN 300 entries in the class, which is tied with LSU and North Carolina and behind only Ohio State, with 15.