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Journey begins for Story this week

Lanett’s Kristian Story took his official visit to Alabama on Saturday, and he’s expected to sign with the Crimson Tide in less than a week.

Story will sign on Dec. 18 at 1:15 p.m. at Lanett High School’s auditorium.

He first received an offer from Alabama on May 2, 2017, less than six months after he led Lanett to its first state championship at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

He visited the campus several more times with three unofficial visits and a visit to Alabama’s Junior Day, and on July 18, he announced he was committing to Alabama.

After unofficially visiting a few more times during the season, Story took his official visit on Saturday. While on that visit, one of the big topics brought up was what position would he play in college.

Story is listed as an athlete on recruiting websites, meaning he plays both sides of the ball so well he could play several different positions.

However, it appears Alabama is most interested in him playing quarterback or safety.

In his three years as a quarterback, Story threw for 9,072 yards and rushed for another 3,617. He also accounted for 167 touchdowns in that span. At the same time, he tallied 29 interceptions and 189 tackles on defense.

One of the variables that make this such a compelling argument for either side of the ball is his size. Story is listed at 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, which ties him for the tallest defensive back on Alabama’s 2019 roster.

“He said if I could do what I’m supposed to do, I can get drafted as a safety in the NFL,” said Clifford Story, Lanett football coach and Kristian’s father.

The Alabama quarterback room could look vastly different in 2020, depending on if junior Tua Tagovailoa decides to return for his senior season. Tagovailoa was injured in the Mississippi State game, though most experts still project him to go in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, if he leaves school.

If Tagovailoa decides to leave, Alabama will have Mac Jones and Talia Tagovalioa left at quarterback. Bryce Young, one of the nation’s top prospects, is currently committed to Alabama as well. It’s unclear how Kristian Story would factor into that position battle.

“He’s very competitive, and he’s not going to shy away from competition,” Clifford said. “I always tell him, the cream will rise to the top. Whether you’re a freshman or your sophomore, wherever you are, they’re going to play the best kid.”

Kristian will sign his official letter of commitment on Dec. 18, which is the first of two national signing periods.

Some players who sign early usually choose to enroll in the spring, so they can go through spring practice and spring games.

The four-star prospect was originally planning on enrolling early, but he changed his mind not too long ago.

“He wants to finish his senior season and play basketball, baseball and run track,” Clifford said. “He wanted to go out with a bang.”

Story said Alabama head coach Nick Saban agreed with his decision to stay and finish high school with his class, that way he can enjoy the remaining five months as a Lanett Panther.

Kristian will sign on Dec. 18 at 1:15 p.m. at Lanett High School’s auditorium.

On Dec. 14, Kristian will play his last high school football game, when he suits up for Alabama’s All-Star team in the Alabama-Mississippi game.

He joins a group of 39 other seniors from around the state that will play the Mississippi All-Stars in Hattiesburg Mississippi. He will wear No. 16 instead of No. 4, which he wore for Lanett.

The Alabama All-Stars take the full week away from school in order to prepare for the game. The 40 high school seniors are in Mobile right now, getting ready for the game.

He will be playing some quarterback and for the first time, running back. He should be lined up primarily on offense.

“He’s never played running back before, so that’s going to be new to him but he’s going to put them at quarterback. They’ve got some things in their playbook for him a quarterback,” Clifford said.

The game is set for Saturday at noon in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Lanett’s Kristian Story took his official visit to Alabama on Saturday, and he’s expected to sign with the Crimson Tide in less than a week.

Story will sign on Dec. 18 at 1:15 p.m. at Lanett High School’s auditorium.

He first received an offer from Alabama on May 2, 2017, less than six months after he led Lanett to its first state championship at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

He visited the campus several more times with three unofficial visits and a visit to Alabama’s Junior Day, and on July 18, he announced he was committing to Alabama.

After unofficially visiting a few more times during the season, Story took his official visit on Saturday. While on that visit, one of the big topics brought up was what position would he play in college.

Story is listed as an athlete on recruiting websites, meaning he plays both sides of the ball so well he could play several different positions.

However, it appears Alabama is most interested in him playing quarterback or safety.

In his three years as a quarterback, Story threw for 9,072 yards and rushed for another 3,617. He also accounted for 167 touchdowns in that span. At the same time, he tallied 29 interceptions and 189 tackles on defense.

One of the variables that make this such a compelling argument for either side of the ball is his size. Story is listed at 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, which ties him for the tallest defensive back on Alabama’s 2019 roster.

“He said if I could do what I’m supposed to do, I can get drafted as a safety in the NFL,” said Clifford Story, Lanett football coach and Kristian’s father.

The Alabama quarterback room could look vastly different in 2020, depending on if junior Tua Tagovailoa decides to return for his senior season. Tagovailoa was injured in the Mississippi State game, though most experts still project him to go in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, if he leaves school.

If Tagovailoa decides to leave, Alabama will have Mac Jones and Talia Tagovalioa left at quarterback. Bryce Young, one of the nation’s top prospects, is currently committed to Alabama as well. It’s unclear how Kristian Story would factor into that position battle.

“He’s very competitive, and he’s not going to shy away from competition,” Clifford said. “I always tell him, the cream will rise to the top. Whether you’re a freshman or your sophomore, wherever you are, they’re going to play the best kid.”

Kristian will sign his official letter of commitment on Dec. 18, which is the first of two national signing periods.

Some players who sign early usually choose to enroll in the spring, so they can go through spring practice and spring games.

The four-star prospect was originally planning on enrolling early, but he changed his mind not too long ago.

“He wants to finish his senior season and play basketball, baseball and run track,” Clifford said. “He wanted to go out with a bang.”

Story said Alabama head coach Nick Saban agreed with his decision to stay and finish high school with his class, that way he can enjoy the remaining five months as a Lanett Panther.

Kristian will sign on Dec. 18 at 1:15 p.m. at Lanett High School’s auditorium.

On Dec. 14, Kristian will play his last high school football game, when he suits up for Alabama’s All-Star team in the Alabama-Mississippi game.

He joins a group of 39 other seniors from around the state that will play the Mississippi All-Stars in Hattiesburg Mississippi. He will wear No. 16 instead of No. 4, which he wore for Lanett.

The Alabama All-Stars take the full week away from school in order to prepare for the game. The 40 high school seniors are in Mobile right now, getting ready for the game.

He will be playing some quarterback and for the first time, running back. He should be lined up primarily on offense.

“He’s never played running back before, so that’s going to be new to him but he’s going to put them at quarterback. They’ve got some things in their playbook for him a quarterback,” Clifford said.

The game is set for Saturday at noon in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.