Nick Saban and staff are thinking several years ahead in recruiting, landing an elite, four-star offensive lineman from the 2025 recruiting cycle.

Mason Short, a 6-foot-7 offensive lineman weighing nearly 300 pounds, announced his commitment Sunday afternoon. He is the second 2025 commitment for the Crimson Tide, joining five-star receiver Ryan Williams.

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Short attends Evans High School in Evans, Georgia. He decided to allign with the Crimson Tide, rather the in-state Georgia Bulldogs.

On March 29, Short told On3's Joseph Hastings he was planning a return visit to Alabama on April 15. He didn't indicate any plans regarding a future commitment, before announcing his commitment to Alabama.

Short exemplifies the direction Nick Saban envisions regarding the offensive line, returning to a more physical brand of football. Alabama welcomed in four offensive lineman that are 6-foot-6 or above in its 2023 class: Kadyn Proctor, Wilkin Formby, Olaus Alinen, and Miles McVay.

Saban invaded the Peach State in 2023, stealing some of the state's best prospects from Kirby Smart. Five-stars Caleb Downs and Justice Haynes headlined the class, also adding four-star quarterback Dylan Lonergan.

Georgia is one of the most elite states regarding high school football, producing a boatload of talent every single year. Short is ranked as the No. 14 player in Georgia, No. 6 among interior lineman, and No. 122 overall in the 2025 cycle according to On3 Sports.

Alabama's 2025 class is already off to a great start, as Short and Williams have two more seasons of high school football. Williams is one of the best players in all of college football, after becoming the first sophomore to ever win Mr. Football in the state of Alabama.

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