Alabama recruiting: What four-star QB Eli Holstein’s commitment means for Tide’s pursuit of Arch Manning

Alabama got big recruiting news on Tuesday when Eli Holstein, a four-star prospect and the No. 54 overall player in the Class of 2023, committed to the Crimson Tide over LSU and Florida. Holstein announced his commitment in a video posted on Twitter.

Holstein, a 6-foot-4, 222-pounder from Zachary (Louisiana) High School, is the fifth-ranked player in the state and eighth-ranked quarterback in his class according to the 247Sports Composite. He had previously committed to Texas A&M, but pulled back on that pledge on March 18.

He had 3,228 yards, 30 touchdowns and six interceptions last year; and added 523 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground. He led his team to a 15-0 record, the 5A state championship and was named the MaxPreps Louisiana Football Player of the Year after his junior season.

Gabe Brooks, midland region recruiting analyst for 247Sports, provided this scouting report on the newest member of coach Nick Saban’s recruiting class.

“Solidly built with the requisite height/size for the position,” Brooks wrote. “Good tester with proven athleticism in a combine setting. Effective in the short-to-intermediate passing game thanks to plus velocity. Typically accurate and consistent to those levels. Not a true dual-threat QB but a functionally athletic runner when necessary. More of a pocket/pro-style QB by nature who shows occasional improvisational ability when required. Ball placement is a strength and shows in games and 7-on-7 competition.

“Can push the ball downfield but sometimes needs to load up to do so. Field athleticism does not always reflect testing data. Brings the ball a bit low at times. May not have the high-end upside of some other quarterbacks in his class, but seems to be a particularly high-floor…

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