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Alabama Lands A Local Four-Star Player

Alabama added a major piece to its 2024 recruiting class on Wednesday, when four-star running back Kevin Riley announced his flip from Miami to the Crimson Tide. This is great news for the Riley who is from Northport, which is just across the Black Warrior River from T-Town.

Riley, a 6-foot, 190-pound prospect from Tuscaloosa County High School, is the No. 5 running back and the No. 76 overall player in the 2024 class, according to 247Sports. He had been committed to the Hurricanes since June but took an official visit to Alabama last weekend and changed his mind. 

“I just felt like Alabama was the best fit for me,” Riley said. “They have a great tradition of producing great running backs, and I want to be a part of that. I also have a strong relationship with the coaches and the players, and I feel like I can contribute right away.” 

Riley is the first and only running back in Alabama’s 2024 class, which ranks No. 2 in the nation behind Georgia. He is known for his explosiveness, vision, and versatility as a runner and a receiver. Riley earned Under Armour All-American honors while totaling 769 yards rushing and seven touchdowns on 124 carries in eight games this season. As a junior, he ran for 1,306 yards. He was named the Class 7A Back of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association. 

Alabama coach Nick Saban praised Riley’s decision and welcomed him to the program. 

“We are very excited to have Kevin Riley join our family,” Saban said. “He is a dynamic playmaker who can do it all on the field. He has the speed, power, and agility to be a difference-maker in our offense. He is also a great young man who represents our values and culture. We look forward to working with him and helping him reach his full potential.” 

It's great to see the Tide continue to bring in competitive recruiting classes year after year. Let's hope Riley becomes one of the next great backs to go through the program, and even better that he is a local product.


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