Plant's Phillip Ely, A four-star prospect ranked the No. 5 quarterback recruit in the nation by Rivals.com, announced Wednesday afternoon that he'll be playing for Alabama at the next level. He also owned offers from Arizona State, Clemson, LSU, Mississippi, USF and Wake Forest, among others.
Ely said while visiting Alabama's campus, "something just clicked that I needed to be here."
Meanwhile, Plant offensive tackle Tony Posada announced his commitment first, going with Michigan.
Both were instrumental parts in Plant’s Class 4A state championship team two years ago and starters on last year’s Class 5A state title squad.
Ely is 19-0 as a varsity starting quarterback and just competed in last month's Elite 11 Quarterback Camp in California. At nearly 6-6, 325 pounds, Posada has also become one of the nation’s top tackle prospects.
Still, the ascension of the two prospects to elite status was remarkable. Midway through their junior years only a handful of mid majors came biting, but toward the tail end of the Panthers’ title run and throughout the offseason, their stocks rose.
The Panthers' third major prospect, running back/defensive end James Wilder Jr. is planning to announce his college decision next Wednesday. Florida, Florida State, Georgia and Alabama are his finalists.