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Patrick Surtain Jr. picks Alabama on national signing day

08 February 2018, 12:21 | Katrina Lee

Patrick Surtain Jr. picks Alabama on national signing day

Patrick Surtain Jr. picks Alabama on national signing day

Alabama also lost two commits to flips, as Quay Walker ended up choosing Georgia and Bobby Brown chose Texas A&M.

The five-star prospect out of Plantation, Florida, was down to Alabama and LSU, but seemingly had the Tigers in the lead for quite some time.

Alabama's 19-player class finished the year ranked No. 7 nationally, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, an aggregate of the top major recruiting services.

Surtain Jr.'s announcement was televised live on ESPNU, coming seconds after American Heritage High teammate Tyson Campbell, the nation's No. 2 cornerback, announced he was signing with Georgia.

"I think they get Surtain", Michael Scarborough of Rivals.com/TigerBait.com said Wednesday.

Despite getting help at defensive back with Surtain and Eddie Smith, and at linebacker with Jaylen Moody, it didn't do much to appease fans disappointed in losing its team recruiting title for the first time this decade. "I think we were able to do that in this particular class".

Patrick Surtain Jr. picks Alabama on national signing day

Still, the Tigers had nine defensive backs in the National Football League in 2017, including Super Bowl winning cornerback Jalen Mills with Philadelphia, to Alabama's seven.

"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.

The defending college football national champions picked up the highest-ranked remaining uncommitted recruit in the country on National Signing Day. Surtain is also a fan of LSU secondary coach Corey Raymond, a former LSU cornerback and safety who has handled most of Surtain's recruitment.

That could change, though, Nick Saban said in cryptic answer about the position Wednesday.

You can't build a more flawless prospect from the cornerback position. It's a strong signing for Alabama, who entered National Signing Day lagging at the fringe of the top-10 in terms of team rankings. Alabama missed on several targets on Wednesday such as 4-star defensive end Malik Langham and 4-star wide receiver Jacob Copeland, who signed with Florida, 4-star wide receiver Justyn Ross, who signed with Clemson and 3-star tight end Glenn Beal, who signed with Texas A&M.

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