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

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

Despite high hopes entering the day and potentially eight scholarships to fill, Alabama began with obvious disappointment.

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.

Surtain's signing with Alabama will likely keep LSU's Class of 2018 out of the top 10 as it also lost No. 13 ranked cornerback Mario Goodrich (6-2, 180) of Lee's Summit West High in Lee's Summit, Missouri, to Clemson on Wednesday morning.

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Saban and his staff was more focused on filling needs instead of the overall strength of the class.

"I think they get Chase and Joseph", Scarborough said. "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".

Alabama has the second-best recruiting class in the SEC behind Georgia. Wednesday's seventh-place finish also ended the a seven-year run at No. 1, dating back to a No. 4 overall ranking in 2010. Although they ranked second in the country in passing efficiency defense and fifth in Football Outsiders' defensive passing S&P+ ratings last season en route to winning another national championship, they're losing multiple important contributors from their defensive backfield, including projected first-round draft pick Minkah Fitzpatrick and seniors Levi Wallace, Anthony Averett and Tony Brown.

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"I think we'll probably have a quarterback join us some kind of way", Saban said, "which I don't think I can comment about". Plus, the Tigers were able to sell their recent success as a pro pipeline for defensive backs, with its notable products including Eric Reid, Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu. Surtain is also a fan of LSU secondary coach Corey Raymond, who has handled most of Surtain's recruitment. "So I don't think we struck out anywhere". So does that mean we struck out? 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.

So, where does that leave Alabama's class from a rankings standpoint?

The commitment gives Alabama two five-star commitments with Surtain Jr. joining defensive end Eyabi Anoma. He went to UM's Coral Gables the final weekend before Signing Day and also visited Clemson.

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Campbell chose Georgia over Alabama and Miami among others during a signing day announcement at his school.

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