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By JIMMY WIGFIELD
Four-star wide junior receiver Dillon Alfred announced on social media Wednesday his intent to transfer from Gautier (Miss.) to Saraland, deepening the defending state champion Spartans’ elite athleticism at the skill positions.
Alfred (5-10, 170) — already considered the No. 14 prospect in Alabama in the On3 composite rankings — has been offered by Auburn, Tennessee, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Texas A&M and Penn State.
At Saraland, he will join reigning Mr. Football and Alabama commitment Ryan Williams, the nation’s No. 1-ranked wide receiver in the class of 2025, four-star quarterback K.J. Lacey, fellow receiver C.D. Gill and running back Santae McWilliams Jr. as juniors and major college prospects in what could be one of the greatest classes at one school in state history.
Four Spartans juniors are ranked among the top 14 players in the state in the 2025 class — Williams is No. 1, Lacey No. 7, defensive lineman Antonio Coleman No. 12 and Alfred No. 14.
“I feel like I can contribute to them winning another championship,” Alfred told the Call News Wednesday night. “I am willing to compete. I love competing. I can’t wait to play with those guys. It’ll be fun.”
Alfred, who led Gautier to its first 10-win season since 1999 last year, said his parents decided to move to Saraland.
Spartans coach Jeff Kelly confirmed Alfred’s transfer to the Call News but did not comment.
As a sophomore, Alfred had 57 catches for 1,196 yards and 15 touchdowns at Gautier.
“I want to thank @GautierFB coaching staff and everyone that had a part in helping me grow and playing the game that I love so much,” Alfred Tweeted on Wednesday. “Unfortunately my time here has come to an end and next year I’ll be attending Saraland High.”
The Spartans’ offense averaged 43 points per game last season and with all its skill players returning, Saraland might have the state’s best offense this season regardless of class and will be an overwhelming favorite to repeat as Class 6A state champion.
Alfred said he has watched film of Lacey, who has committed to Texas and become one of the nation’s top quarterback prospects, and is salivating over Lacey’s ability to get the ball to he and Williams anywhere on the field.
“He’s a dawg, I’m not going to lie,” Alfred said of Lacey. “I can’t wait to get on the field with him and go crazy.”