Alabama flips elite Class of 2025 quarterback Keelon Russell from SMU

The summer months are a critical time in college recruiting, and Alabama football secured a high-profile commitment on Tuesday when four-star quarterback Keelon Russell announced that he has flipped from SMU to the Crimson Tide.

The 6-foot-3, 180-pound prospect from Duncanville, Texas, had been committed to the Mustangs since September. He is ranked No. 38 overall and the No. 6 quarterback in the Class of 2025 in the 247Sports Composite. He is the 11th commitment — and the highest-rated prospect — in Alabama’s 2025 class.

Russell’s commitment comes shortly after his official visit to Alabama last weekend. Coach Kalen DeBoer and offensive coordinator Nick Sheridan prioritized Russell and did not offer any other quarterback in the 2025 cycle since the staff arrived in January. Russell was previously set to visit both Florida (June 7) and Oregon (June 21), but Alabama closed the deal before those trips took place.

Russell has led Duncanville High to a 29-1 record as the starter, including back-to-back 6A state championships. Last season, he completed 189 of 262 attempts for 3,483 yards with 38 touchdowns and just three interceptions. He added 361 rushing yards and six touchdowns. Over his career, he’s passed for nearly 6,000 yards, scored 69 total touchdowns and completed 69.5 percent of his passes.

Securing an elite quarterback is a huge boost for DeBoer’s first full recruiting class. It’s clear that his work with Michael Penix Jr. at Washington has resonated with prospects since his move to Alabama.

Jalen Milroe is expected to test the NFL after the 2024 season, leaving Ty Simpson, Dylan Lonergan, Austin Mack and Russell as the potential quarterbacks on Alabama’s roster looking ahead to 2025.

Russell is the sixth top-150 recruit to commit to Alabama during the 2025 cycle. There’s been a concerted effort to recruit the Southeast, but there’s a national feel to this class as well, with commits from six different states: Alabama, California, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey and now Texas with Russell.

(Photo of Kalen DeBoer:  Gary Cosby Jr. / Tuscaloosa News / USA Today)

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