Alabama Lands Two Offensive Line Commitments

HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 08: Washington Huskies head coach Kalen DeBoer looks on during the CFP National Championship against the Michigan Wolverines on January 08, 2024 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Icon Sportswire)

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Icon Sportswire)

Those who were worried about Kalen DeBoer’s ability to successfully recruit in the SEC have had a tough offseason so far. Since DeBoer has taken over in Tuscaloosa, the Crimson Tide’s 2025 recruiting class has risen to No. 1 in the SEC and No. 3 in the country overall.

It’s the trenches that the new Alabama head coach bolstered in the last week, landing two huge offensive line commitments.

4-star Michael Carroll, a 6-foot-6, 315-pound interior lineman, committed to the Crimson Tide after an official visit last weekend. The Doylestown, Pennsylvania native chose Alabama over Penn State and others.

Last Wednesday, DeBoer and his staff landed a second offensive line commit, this time in-state prospect Mal Waldrep. The 3-star lineman out of Central-Phenix City chose Alabama over Clemson, Florida, and Tennessee. He stands at 6’5″ and weighs 325 pounds.

“A nimble mover that shows the ability to work up to the second level and play in space, Waldrep’s size and skillset indicate the potential flexibility to transition inside, offering valuable contributions as a guard or even potentially at the center position,” says Cooper Petagna of 247.

The Alabama/Central-Phenix City connection has been strong in recent years. Two of Waldrep’s former high school teammates, Red Morgan and Isaia Faga, are entering their second seasons in Tuscaloosa.

Waldrep is a Crimson Tide legacy. His father, also named Mal, played under Mike DuBose and Dennis Franchione from 1998-2002.

As the DeBoer era continues to roll on, the commitments of Carroll and Waldrep spell two more huge recruiting wins for the Tide.