AJ McCarron commits to Tide

BREAKING: TUBERVILLE PULLS MCCARRON SCHOLARSHIP OFFER…DETAILS TO FOLLOW…(after getting a couple of emails, this little note was intended sarcastically; apologies for not making that clear)

AJ McCarron committed to Alabama Saturday evening. McCarron was wanted by Miami, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Auburn, West Virginia, Florida State, Purdue (hey, it is an engineering school, they don’t care about a typo…but I fixed it just for the complainer) and Tennessee—he held offers from all those schools, but McCarron picked Alabama.

Rivals.com reported McCarron committed because in his heart he knew UA was headed in the right direction—a direction toward a national championship.

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When I weighted all the positives against each other it wasn’t that close. Alabama had everything I was looking for from football to academics. They were great in every category and I also get to play for the best coaching staff in college football.”

McCarron was heavily courted by Auburn, despite what Phillip Marshall will be writing in the coming days, weeks and months.

The reasons why McCarron picked UA show the snowball effect of Nick Saban’s recruiting efforts. McCarron said last year’s recruiting class got the attention of juniors. Saban was another strong reason; the Alabama head coach made Mobile a priority, and this commitment is another success story.

McCarron and other players are building relationships with Saban. The recruits all say the same things: Nick Saban is a friend. McCarron said he had a “special” relationship with Saban, according to media reports.