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Tide Commit Named Alabama’s Gatorade Player of the Year
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When Lanett High School superstar Kristian Story signs his National Letter of Intent and suits up for the Alabama Crimson Tide next season, nobody is expecting him to play quarterback. The four-star athlete is actually expected to play on the other side of the ball, but it’s safe to say head coach Nick Saban has a nice backup plan in Tuscaloosa just in case.

In Lanett’s 41-21 win against Isabella in the Alabama Class 1A quarterfinals last month, Story dazzled. He threw for 301 yards and four touchdown passes while adding in two more rushing scores, according to AL.com. The six total touchdowns was obviously impressive in a state playoff game that  Friday night, but they were also significant.

With 166 career touchdowns, Story officially set the AHSAA career record for touchdowns, passing Auburn freshman quarterback Bo Nix’s touchdown record of 161, which he set in the state title game last season.

Kristian Story Alabama Touchdown Record

With Tua Tagovailoa expected to leave for the NFL after his injury, Alabama football will have a three-player battle between Mac Jones, Taulia Tagovailoa and five-star commit Bryce Young for the team’s starting quarterback job at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Although Kristian Story is projected to be a defensive back at the NCAA college football level, having a state record for most touchdowns in Alabama high school history is rather amazing.

Gatorade Player of the Year

Kristian Story didn’t just break Bo Nix’s touchdown record. He shattered it. In helping Lanett win the Alabama Class 1A state championship over Mars Hill, Story threw for 249 yards, rushed for 110 more, and scored four total touchdowns to win game MVP.

According to AL.com, Story finished his high school career with 13,219 yards of total offense and 175 touchdowns, which are both AHSAA records.

For his efforts, Story was named Alabama Gatorade Player of the Year.

Kristian Story Alabama Commit

Ranked as the No. 6 overall athlete for the entire 2020 recruiting class and No. 8 player in Alabama, Kristian Story definitely had a long list of suitors at the next level.

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The 6-foot-1, 210-pound athlete had offers from the likes of Texas A&M, Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon, and Penn State, among others, before committing to Alabama in July 2019.

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With over 10 years of sports writing experience, Brett has covered some of the top local, regional, and national sporting events in the Heartland for both print and digital platforms. He is a graduate of Kansas State University and resides in Austin, Texas.
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