That Alabama Crimson Tide Believers woke up this morning with such exciting news. After a string of pickups over the past two weeks, The Tide now owns the top tier in 2023. Head coach Nick Saban has recently attempted to poach players committed to other programs on the recruitment path.
After a successful official visit last weekend, the Four-star tight end, Ty Lockwood, who was signed to Ohio State in the Class of 2023 reversed his commitment to Alabama. A native of Thompson’s Station, Tennessee, Lockwood is six feet five inches tall and currently weighs 225 pounds. Throughout his high school years, he had been recruited by both the Tide and the United States horse chestnuts during the last two years.
Lockwood is the second biggest prospect in Tennessee and was originally signed for Ohio State in August 2021. Everything seemed fine until recently when the Buckeyes got an acceptance from Jelani Thurman, a higher rated tight end from Fairburn, Georgia in late July. This likely prompted Lockwood to seek out greener pastures, and that’s exactly what he found in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
This past weekend, during the annual Bama Barbecue recruitment event at Bryant-Denny’s, Lockwood visited several other prospects, including Keon Keeley, another commit The Tide is trying to beat from Notre Dame. Now committed to the Tide, the mutually beneficial visit saw Lockwood receive an official offer from the Crimson Tide in exchange for stealing Lockwood from the Buckeyes.
“First and foremost, I’m grateful to Ohio State, the Buckeye coaching staff and the players and fans,” Lockwood said in a post on Twitter. “I have great respect for the program and the team. I was all in on Buckeye Nation so this decision and announcement is a tough one for me. After much discussion and prayer, my family and I have decided that retiring from Ohio State University would be for the best. I take commitment and loyalty very seriously, but it is the right decision I had to make for my future and my family.”
“With that in mind, I am revising my commitment to the University of Alabama,” Lockwood continued in his post. “I look forward to what the future holds and how I can continue to develop as a player and as a person under Coach Nick Saban and Coach Joe Cox. roll tide!”
Lockwood had been committed to Ohio State since last year, so it’s easy to see how he might have felt betrayed by the Buckeyes as they welcomed a second tight end with him in the Class of 2023. With Alabama having no current commitments from tight ends in its 2023 class, it’s no wonder it only required a trip to campus to seal the deal.
Now that Saban has added his first tight end for the 2023 class, there’s a lot less pressure to take on Duce Robinson as well. Robinson of Phoenix, Arizona, happens to be the number one tight end for 2023 and also has a five-star rating. He was also recruited by Georgia and Southern California, among others. With the tide not currently favored to land Robinson, Lockwood is a solid player to fall back on.
If the Tide manages to land Robinson, who 247 Sports says is currently set to join the Trojans, Lockwood could find himself in an eerily similar position. However, once signed, Lockwood will focus on his senior season at Independence High School.