It's that time of year again that Nick Saban is out pounding the recruiting trail hard and passing out scholarship offers. One of those offers was bequeathed unto 2025 Saraland High School quarterback Karle" KJ" Lacey, who led the Spartans to a 6A state championship with 40 touchdown passes.

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Lacey already has strong ties to the Tuscaloosa. His primary target, 2025 five star wide receiver Ryan "Hollywood" Williams, is the lone hard commit in Alabama's 2025 recruiting class, per 247 Sports. Williams alone is enough to give the Tide's 2025 class the third best ranking in the nation.

In his undefeated sophomore campaign, Lacey completed 63% of his passes, threw for 3,177 yards and 40 touchdowns, and only threw five passes to the wrong team. His longest throw of the season was in Tuscaloosa; an 84-yard touchdown strike to Williams in the early portion of Saraland's second-round playoff victory over Hillcrest High School. Additionally, Lacey racked up four scores with his legs.

Lacey is already an excellent passer. He has all the raw talent Saban could want in a quarterback that has not yet reached the halfway mark in high school. Whether the pass is deep down field, over the middle, or a short route, Lacey almost always puts the ball right where his receiver needs it to be. He excels in both passing from the pocket, and rolling out and extending plays with his legs. Throwing the ball on the move is no problem for the young star.

Currently, Lacey is not star rated by 247 Sports. Expect that to change with an offer from Alabama under his belt. He is currently being recruited by Tide wide receivers coach Holmon Wiggins. Lacey has received offers from Texas A&M, Auburn, South Carolina, Ole Miss, Florida State, and many more programs. He stands at 6'1" and weighs in at 180 pounds.

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