National Signing Day: Five-star OL Evan Neal commits to Alabama over Georgia, Florida

Surprise, surprise, but Alabama is closing extremely well on the first day of the early signing period. The Crimson Tide landed five-star running back Trey Sanders earlier on Wednesday, and now, they've picked up another blue chip player to block for him in five-star offensive lineman Evan Neal. 

The 6-foot-7, 360-pound lineman from the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, chose Alabama over Georgia, Florida, Miami and Florida State. Neal was rated as the No. 5 offensive tackle and No. 20 overall prospect in the 2019 class. Suffice it to say, this is another huge get for coach Nick Saban. 

But he's hardly alone as a blue-chip recruit. With Neal's announcement, Alabama now has three five-star members in its 2019 class and all but one of the members is a blue-chip player, indicating a four-or-five-star status; only kicker Will Reichard is a three-star recruit, and he's the No. 1 kicker in the nation, per 247Sports Composite rankings. 

What big-time recruits are headed to your favorite school? Visit 247Sports.com to see how your team's future will be changed forever. Their recruiting analysts are on the ground right now for the Early Signing Period. Use the code ESD18 to get your first month for $1! 

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Ben Kercheval joined CBS Sports in 2016 and has been covering college football since 2010. Before CBS, Ben worked at Bleacher Report, UPROXX Sports and NBC Sports. As a long-suffering North Texas graduate,... Full Bio

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