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Alabama gets commit number nine

Posted on: February 21, 2011 1:51 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer

Although Alabama’s recent Junior Day is known more for a possible NCAA violation, head coach Nick Saban did end up getting a commitment out of the second major recruiting weekend for the Tide.

Atlanta (Ga.) running back Justin Taylor added his name to Alabama’s class of 2012 Monday afternoon according to various recruiting websites. The 5-foot-11, 200 pound Taylor had offers from Arkansas and Georgia Tech but the unofficial visit was enough for him to become commitment number nine for Alabama.

"At the beginning of my ninth-grade season I would always watch Alabama," Taylor told the Birmingham News. "I used to think that could be my No. 1 school, and it's been my No. 1 school. When I heard they were interested in me that was an advantage for them. When I got the offer I committed."

Taylor is the second running back to commit to Alabama, which is also heavily recruiting a third running back in Barry Sanders Jr. Despite the influx of talent at the position, Taylor doesn’t mind if there’s a little competition at the spot.

"If I can't play my freshman year it's all good because I'm thinking about the next three years," he said. "I'm just happy I'm at Alabama.

"It's over with. I'm committed. Alabama's my school."

Taylor rushed for over 1,500 yards and 11 touchdowns as a Junior last season.
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