Suppose you're one of the top linebackers in the 2024 recruiting class. In that case, you've more than likely heard from the University of Alabama, as the Crimson Tide have been on fire recruiting linebackers, with now five linebackers in the Crimson Tide's 2025 recruiting class.

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Alabama continues to bolster its linebacker room with a commitment from top-100 linebacker Dawson Merritt Stillwell, Kansas.

Merritt is a four-star prospect according to composite. He's the No. 92 overall player in the 2025 recruiting class, the No. 11 overall linebacker in the class, and the No. 3 overall player in the state of Kansas.

In 2023, Merritt totaled 83 tackles and 17 tackles for loss, seven sacks, three forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries as a junior in high school.

After watching Merritt's hudl, he has experience both pass rushing off the edge and in coverage. He has shown. the ability to set the edge in the run game and when he commits to the ball carrier, he's explosive and does not seem to miss many tackles.

Merritt committed to the Crimson Tide over the Nebraska Cornhuskers. His primary recruiter was Charles Robinson, Alabama's outside linebacker coach.

Alabama's 2025 recruiting class currently looks like this:

  • Keelon Russell - 4-star QB
  • Dawson Merritt - 4-Star LB
  • Chuck McDonald III - 4-star CB
  • Michael Carroll - 4-star OL
  • Darrell Johnson - 4-star LB
  • Derick Smith - 4-star S
  • Antonio Coleman - 4-star DL
  • Anthony Rogers - 4-star RB
  • Jaedon Harmon - 4-star LB
  • Myles Johnson - 4-star LB
  • Jackson Lloyd - 4-star OT
  • Mal Waldrep - 3-star OL
  • Zymear Smith - 3-star ATH
  • Abduall Sanders Jr. - 3-star LB
  • Lotzier Brooks - 3-star WR
  • Luke Metz - 3-star LB
  • London Simmons - 3-star DL
  • Alex Asparuhov - Punter

Wyatt Fulton is the Brand Manager and DME for Tide 100.9, serving as an on-air host from 11:00 a.m. to noon CT every weekday and Sports Reporter covering Alabama Football and Alabama Men's Basketball. For more coverage, follow him at @FultonW_ on X, the social media app formerly known as Twitter. 

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