5-Star CB Patrick Surtain Jr. Commits To Alabama Over LSU, Clemson

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"LSU's history as DBU, and Surtain has family in Louisiana". Alabama also lost two commits to flips, as Quay Walker ended up choosing Georgia and Bobby Brown chose Texas A&M. Surtain, the nation's No. 1 ranked corner and top uncommitted prospect coming into signing day (No. 6 nationally, No. 2 in Florida), was considered a sure thing for the Tigers for the longest time.

He will choose one of those schools at 9 a.m. on ESPNU on Wednesday, which is the second portion of National Signing Day this recruiting season after the main event last December 20.

"I think in every recruiting class, there's always a guy that you get that you thought you might not get, and there's also a guy that you thought you might get that you didn't get", Saban said Wednesday. "Certainly, next year, I think we might be in a position to get a really good player at that position who could be someone who could impact us in the future". The Tigers led for over a year in Surtain's recruitment.

Rarely thrown at, Surtain made 17 tackles and had one interception in eight games as a senior for the Patriots, which won their fourth Class 5A state title in five years and finished the season ranked as high as fourth nationally in one of MaxPreps' polls. "I think we were able to do that in this particular class". "I think it's great for the fan base, but I'd trade that No. 1 ranking for the last No. 1 ranking in the college football poll". The Tigers had nine defensive backs in the National Football League in 2017 to seven from Alabama.

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"We're really excited about the players that we were able to attract in this recruiting class", Saban said in his National Signing Day news conference.

You can't build a more ideal prospect from the cornerback position. No", Saban said. "You know, we'd have taken another defensive lineman, we would have taken another offensive lineman, we got the right number of DBs, we got a punter.

Surtain visited Alabama the weekend of January 19 after first taking an official visit to LSU the previous weekend.

The Fort Lauderdale native had been linked to LSU for some time, and also had his pick of the litter with a grand total of 32 offers heading into Signing Day.

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