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Five-star DL arrives on campus for Alabama as a summer enrollee

Yhonzae Pierre at Eufaula facility
Photo comes via Justin Smith of Touchdown Alabama Magazine

Courtney Upshaw was a goldmine Alabama football got from Eufala (Ala.) High School in 2008.

He helped reestablish the Crimson Tide as a force in college football. Upshaw became a first-team All-SEC selection and first-team All-American selection in 2011. He paced the Tide’s defense to two BCS National Championships in 2009 and 2011.

RELATED: Alabama 5-Star signee Yhonzae Pierre wants to get to Tuscaloosa ‘now’

Upshaw has a cousin from Eufala that’s ready to carry on the legacy.

Yhonzae Pierre, a five-star in the 2023 signing class, is one of the nation’s top in-state edge rushers. The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder can play outside linebacker and defensive end. He brings pass-rush moves to affect quarterbacks. Pierre may need more weight to set the edge on run plays; however, he has the potential to be an all-around elite lineman for Alabama. Upshaw was dynamic for the Tide, becoming a second-round pick of the 2012 NFL Draft. He won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens.

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Pierre shared on Instagram that he has arrived on campus.

It will be intriguing to see how much playing time he could get as a freshman.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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