Newton 2015 safety Roney Elam did not have a single offer this time a week ago. Now he holds five high-major offers from schools in the Big 12 and Southeastern Conference.
Alabama is the latest program to offer the 6-foot-3, 167-pound Elam, who could likely play receiver, cornerback, or safety at the next level, but projects best as a big, rangy safety at the back end of the defense. Elam tweeted news of the Crimson Tide's offer just before 4:30 Wednesday afternoon.
Alabama's offer was the second of the day for Elam, who got a Texas Tech offer earlier in the day.
The Tide and the Red Raiders joined Tuesday's offer, which came from Baylor.
Elam had a solid junior season this past fall playing quarterback and defensive back for Newton, which went 12-1 and reached the third round of the Class 2A Division I playoffs. Elam threw for 937 yards, 11 touchdowns, and six interceptions, while rushing for 437 yards and five scores.
Defensively, Elam picked off five passes and forced one fumble.
Elam possesses a tall, long frame that has plenty of room to add positive weight. He already strikes with authority, so he should become an even bigger hitter with added bulk.
Athletically, he's very good. He covers a lot of territory and has good burst for a long-legged prospect.
I wouldn't be surprised if his offer list soon reached double digits considering the high-profile programs that have all offered him within a week of each other.