Auburn tight end Alex McCalister, the nation’s No. 4 overall player, committed to the University of Alabama on Monday.
He committed to Alabama on March 12 and made the official announcement via Twitter.
The 6-foot-6, 265-pound McCalisters father, Michael, said his son was committed to Auburn from Alabama.
The Crimson Tide, who have lost six straight games, will face Clemson on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
The commitment was a surprise, but it’s a big one considering McCal, a junior, has two years of eligibility remaining.
He had played at Texas A&M, Georgia, Kentucky, Clemson and Auburn.
He is the No. 1 overall prospect in the 2018 class and the No, 1 player nationally according to 247Sports.ESPN.com has Alabama ranked No. 3 nationally.
McCalister was a key part of Auburn’s offensive line in 2017.
He finished with 1,069 yards, 18 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
He also had five fumble recoveries and two sacks.
McCalister, a 6-6 junior, had a big game against Texas A & MCC in the season opener at the Rose Bowl.
He scored a touchdown in the second quarter and added a sack, a fumble recovery and a blocked field goal.
He added a fumble return for a touchdown and another interception on the next drive.
In 2017, he had 11 receptions for 137 yards and two touchdowns.
He has four catches for 75 yards and one touchdown on the season.
In 2018, he has nine receptions for 122 yards and a touchdown.
He caught five passes for 61 yards and scored on a 26-yard touchdown run.
The 5-foot, 174-pounder was a four-star recruit by 247Sports, and ESPN.com ranked him as the No: 6 player in the class.
He was also a three-star by Scout.com.ESPN and 247Sports have Alabama ranked as the second-best team in the SEC.