Alabama signs four-star defensive tackle from Louisiana


By Grant Nicholls

CW Staff

Alabama football scored another recruiting win over LSU on National Signing Day, as four-star defensive lineman Ishmael Sopsher from Amite, Louisiana chose the Crimson Tide over his home-state Tigers.

The 6-foot-3.5, 334-pound lineman is ranked as the No. 47 overall prospect and the No. 5 defensive tackle by the 247Sports Composite Rating. He is the sixth-ranked player out of Alabama’s 26 commitments and signees. He participated in the All-American Bowl and the finals of The Opening.

Sopsher attends the same high school as Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith, and is the latest in a long line of recruits the Crimson Tide has snagged from under the Tigers’ nose, including Dylan Moses, Patrick Surtain II, Isaiah Buggs and Irv Smith Jr.

Sopsher is the team’s sixth defensive line signing in this class, joining four who signed in December and Byron Young, who signed earlier Wednesday morning. Sopsher indicated on the ESPN2 broadcast that his brother Rodney, currently enrolled in junior college, would be joining him in Tuscaloosa.