Darren Lake talks decision

Darren Lake, three-star defensive tackle from York-Sumter County, Ala., committed to the University of Alabama on Saturday following the Tide's camp in Tuscaloosa. Andrew Bone has the latest with commitment No. 14 for Alabama.

"I committed to Alabama," said Darren Lake. "Alabama is a great place. That's why I committed. The coaches had a big smile on their faces especially coach McElwain. Coach Saban talked to me about my grades and everything. He was happy.

"Alabama is close to home. I feel like Alabama is a great place to be. That's why I went ahead and committed. It feels good to be committed. I am committed to the school I wanted to attend. I am solid with my commitment."

Lake attended two earlier camps which included a Tide camp and one in Knoxville. Both SEC schools offered a scholarship.

The 6-foot-3, 320-pound lineman runs an impressive 4.9-40. He is explosive, has a lot of power and has been dominant in one-on-ones. Lake is still a raw prospect who has a tremendous upside.

Lake grew up favoring the in-state program and was hoping to land an offer at the Tide's first summer camp.

"I was really excited about the offer," said Lake after receiving his offer from the Crimson Tide. "I had a big smile on my face. Alabama is my favorite school. They have always been my favorite school. I like the coaches and how they push players to reach their goals. They want to make them a better person and player."

Lake does not plan to take any other visits. He was recruited by Alabama as a defensive tackle. He had eight sacks during the 2010 season.

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