Alabama has landed a commitment from Duncanville (Texas) High quarterback Keelon Russell.

A blue-chip prospect out of the 2025 class, Russell flipped his verbal from SMU to the Crimson Tide on Tuesday. The move comes just days after Russell took an official visit to the school and marks the first high school quarterback pledge Alabama has received under first-year head coach Kalen DeBoer.

The 6-foot-3, 175-pound Russell is a 4-star recruit in the industry-generated 247 Composite. He ranks as the No. 6 quarterback in the class and the No. 10 prospect from the state of Texas. Overall, he sits at No. 38 in the national player rankings.

Russell, who also runs track for Duncanville, will participate in the Elite 11 Finals. As a junior, he led Duncanville to a 14-1 record and a second consecutive Texas 6A D-1 state title. He threw for 3,483 yards and 38 touchdowns against just 3 picks. He completed 72% of his passes and averaged 13.3 yards per pass attempt.

He has the ability to make plays with his legs and is a proven winner in one of high school football’s toughest environments.

For the Crimson Tide, the quarterback room looks positioned well for the future. Jalen Milroe is obviously the present, a strong candidate at most gambling apps to claim the Heisman Trophy next season. DeBoer recruited Austin Mack to Washington, called him the quarterback of the future, and then brought that future with him to Tuscaloosa. Assuming Alabama makes it to the finish line with Russell, the room will have no shortage of talent even after Milroe leaves town.

Russell’s verbal pledge gives Alabama its 11th known commitment in the 2025 cycle. The group ranks eighth nationally, with 10 of the 11 commits coming from blue-chip recruits in the Composite.

You can see Russell’s highlight tape below, via Hudl: