Alabama gets commitment from ESPN Junior 300 prospect Shane Lee

Alabama landed Maryland linebacker Shane Lee on Tuesday, the No. 33-ranked prospect in the 2019 class. Lee is the seventh ESPN Junior 300 commitment for the Crimson Tide and the third in the month of April.

Lee, a 6-foot, 253-pound linebacker from Baltimore, is the No. 2-ranked inside linebacker in the class. He gives Alabama four top-100 commitments. He is also the highest-ranked commitment in the class as it stands now, two spots ahead of offensive lineman Pierce Quick.

The fast start in this class is reverting to the norm after Alabama’s 2018 class was ranked No. 25, with only three total commitments this time last year.

The Tide also had a slow finish to the early signing period at the end of December but closed strong with the February signing day, finishing with the No. 6 class.

Defenses help from the weak side as a rule, and so E’Twaun Moore – who was fantastic on defense in Game 1 — sloughs off McCollum here. New Orleans will be ready for this. Expect it to scrap these dictates and help off Turner and Aminu, regardless of where they are. That only puts more pressure on Portland to get creative and put those guys in motion as cutters and screeners

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh hired McElwain in February to coach a group of Wolverines wide receivers who struggled to produce big numbers during the 2017 season. The former Florida and Colorado State head coach said he’s not quite sure how he landed in Ann Arbor but sees his new job in the Big Ten as a chance to observe how someone else steers the ship.

“I don’t know if he got the wrong number and I answered,” McElwain said Monday night, speaking to local reporters for the first time since taking the job. “No, I don’t really know how it came about, but we got a phone call and I was obviously very excited to come and, if nothing else, get an opportunity to stand in the background and see how something is operated.”

McElwain got a firsthand look at his new players this past September, when Michigan beat his Gators 33-17 in the season opener. McElwain, who was fired from the Florida job less than two months later, said he knew plenty about rising sophomores Tarik Black and Donovan Peoples-Jones from his former team’s preparation to stop them last summer.

Michigan’s young receiver group hauled in only three receiving touchdowns — six came from other position groups — during the 2017 season. McElwain said the group has work to do, but he has seen promise in spring practice.jets_058

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