Alphonse Taylor spurns FSU, commits to ‘Bama

The first of the dead period has proven invaluable to the University of Alabama’s 2012 recruiting class. Today the fourth major prospect of the week committed to sign with Alabama in February.

Big 6’5″, 330lb. offensive guard/nose guard Alphonse Taylor of Mobile (Davidson High School) committed to the Tide today. Taylor switched his commitment from Florida State, where he indicated he was going last April, to Alabama.

Taylor is the No. 16 offensive guard prospect according to Rivals, and a 4-star according to Scout. He places No. 9 on the B’ham News’ Super Seniors list.

This morning Taylor released this statement:

“After carefully considering the amazing opportunities in front of me, I am committing to play football for the University of Alabama and enroll in January. I appreciate the support of my family, friends, teachers, and coaches who have always helped and supported me. While there were many factors to my decision, ultimately I want to play Nose Guard for Alabama, whose fierce and dedicated defenses are a tradition in this state and around the nation”

“I maintain a tremendous amount of respect for Coach [Jimbo] Fisher and the Florida State Seminoles.”

Again, one has to wonder about the flurry of commitments coach Nick Saban and his staff are getting during the dead period. And, like two of the three others this week, Taylor plans to enroll in January.

Has the Nick Saban, a.k.a. “The Recruiting Master” found yet another advantage in the ever changing recruiting system? Is there anyone in college football that works harder at recruiting than this man?


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