Thompson OL Amari Kight commits to Alabama
By ALEC ETHEREDGE | Sports Editor
ALABASTER – For the second week in a row, a Thompson Warriors football player committed to the University of Alabama over the weekend, and this time around it was one of the best 52 recruits in the country.
On Sunday, April 29, Thompson rising senior Amari Kight announced through a video on 247sports that he was committing to join Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide.
“It feels like that’s where I belong,” Kight said. “I connected with all of the coaches and the players down there. My goal is to win championships and get to the NFL.”
Just a week earlier on Saturday, April 21, Thompson quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa also committed to join Alabama in the fall of 2019 giving the Warriors two recruits now committed to the defending national champs.
The duo combined to spark one of the best offenses in the state of Alabama last year as Tagovailoa and running backs Shad Byrd and Jojo Ford combined for more than 5,000 yards of offense, none of which would have been possible without the blocking of Kight, who all three of those players praised throughout the season.
Kight is rated as the third best overall player in the state, the eighth best offensive tackle in the country and the 52nd best overall player in the country.
“I can come in and compete for playing time and then hopefully be a first round pick,” Kight said. “Hearing that from one of the best coaches in college football (Saban), that meant a lot.”
Standing at 6-foot-7, 315 pounds, he had offers from 11 different SEC schools, including Georgia, who went after Kight hard, but Alabama always held a special place in his heart and kept him from leaving the state for the Bulldogs.
Kight has been a staple on both the All-County and All-State team the last two years making the All-County first team each year and the All-State first team this past season.
While he has his sight set on taking the next step, Kight will first look to bring the Warriors a state championship in 2018 as the offense returns Tagovailoa and Byrd in the backfield, while Jayme Simmons ads an extra offensive lineman that should make this year’s offense even more dynamic than the 2017 squad.