Alabama Football looks local for 2023 walk-ons

There wasn’t much for Alabama to do in the Class of 2023. A mid-summer hiatus gave way to an active fall and star-studded winter as the Crimson Tide finished with nine five-stars per 247Sports Composite and third-best class in recorded history. There were also no signatures to wait for, as all but four of the 24 commits have already moved to Tuscaloosa.

Still, Wednesday was signing day and the Tide made a few offers. Several in-state players announced their involvement with Dynasty as preferred walk-ons, or PWOs. These are not scholarship players but are technically on the list. As a historical example, Levi Wallace has made an NFL career after joining the team in 2016 as a sophomore.

Here’s a breakdown of the additions to Alabama’s Class No. 1.

Hewitt-Trussville at Hoover Football

Hoover’s Rashad Smith (73) blocks Hewitt-Trussville’s Braylon Chatman (3) for Hoover’s Lamarion McCammon (3) during the second round of the AHSAA 7a football playoffs at the Hoover Met in Hoover, Alabama, Friday, November 11, 2022. (Marvin Gentry | [email protected])

Braylon Chatman, Hewitt-Trussville

Chatman, a 6-foot-tall, 215-pound linebacker, led the Huskies with 74 solo tackles.

Tuscaloosa County at Hoover Football

Tuscaloosa County’s Sawyer Deerman attempts to get past Hoover’s Garian Denson during a game at the Met in Hoover, Alabama on Friday, October 7, 2022. (Dennis Victory | [email protected])

Sawyer Deerman, American Christian

The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Deerman is staying home as a three-star athlete. Deerman had offers from Michigan State, Ole Miss and others.

Gulf Shores at St Michael Football

Gulf Shores running back JR Gardner IV tries to get past St. Michael defensemen Crane Guilian (44) and Parker Baas (60) in the first half of a preseason football game Thursday, August 18, 2022, in Fairhope, Ala. (Mike Kittrell | [email protected])

JR Gardner, Gulf Shores

At 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds, Gardner was a dynamic playmaker and will play with The Tide running back. He had 20 total touchdowns in his senior season.

2022 HS Football – James Clemens at Mountain Brook

Mountain Brook’s Reed Harradine shoots a field goal during James Clemens’ high school football game at Mountain Brook on Friday, August 26, 2022 in Mountain Brook, Alabama. (Vasha Hunt | hunt

Reed Harradine, Bergbach

The No. 41 in the country according to Kohl’s Kicking, the 6-foot-4, 222-pound Harradine accepted an offer in December.

Brock O’Quinn, Texas

As a long snapper, O’Quinn was part of a 13-win team from Southlake (Texas) Carroll.

Kolby Peavy, Excel High

Peavy, an All-Coastal Region Team Honorable Mention, ran for the Panthers this fall, which had nine wins.

Billy Roby, Huntsville

Roby is the youngest in the family to come to Alabama. His grandfather, Billy Roby, played for Bear Bryant, and his older brother, Jackson Roby, was just finishing up as a walk-on offensive lineman with The Tide.


1/9/21 MFB Practice Practice Alabama Offense Lineman Evan Neal (73) Alabama Offense Lineman Jackson Roby (62) Photo by Kent Gidley 1/9/21 MFB Practice Practice Alabama Offense Lineman Evan Neal (73) Alabama Offense Lineman Jackson Roby ( 62) Photo by Kent GidleyCrimson Tide Photos/UA Athletics

Antonio Ross, Alexandria High

Ross, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound wide receiver, had offers from Memphis and Jax State ready. He was previously signed to Hugh Freeze while managing Liberty.

Alexandria at Corner HS Football

Alexandria Antonio Ross (3) intercepts and returns a pass intended for corner Christopher Wideman (1) for a touchdown in the first half of a football game Saturday, September 17, 2021 in Corner, Alabama (Al.comPhoto/ butch dill)AL.COM

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Nick Alvarez is a reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @nick_a_alvarez or email him [email protected].