Flipping

The recent news of T.J. Yeldon switching his commitment makes him the third player in the class of 2012 to switch his pledge to Alabama after committing elsewhere. Andrew Bone takes a look at 10 recruits who have flipped their commitment to Alabama since Nick Saban's arrival at the Capstone.


T.J. Yeldon

The Daphne, Ala. running back flipping his commitment from Auburn to Alabama on Sunday came as a huge surprise. Several factors came in play with the switch which included The University of Alabama continued to recruit the gamechanger, a teammate who was already committed to Alabama, and the departure of Gus Malzahn for Arkansaas State.

Darius Philon

The Pritchard-Vigor, Ala. defensive end is arguably the most underrated recruit in the state. The aggressive defensive lineman had a tremendous state championship game with 10 tackles, a sack and fumble recovery all while playing on a torn meniscus. Philon originally committed to Auburn, but switched after receiving an offer from Alabama when he attended the Tide's OL/DL camp in late June. He will join former Vigor stars, Jalston Folwer and Marvin Shinn, in Tuscaloosa.

Alec Morris

The quarterback, from Allen, Texas, was a name Alabama fans were unfamiliar with until a day before he committed to the Tide in August. Alabama waited on the news of Jameis Winston and Gunner Kiel before offering Morris a scholarship. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound gunslinger was committed to Wake Forest. He had a tremendous senior season for one of the top programs in the country.

Brent Calloway

The Russellville, Ala. running back/outside linebacker committed to Alabama before his junior year of high school. The class of 2011 signee was a long-time Alabama fan and always wanted to play for the Crimson Tide. After rushing for more than 2,000 yards during his senior season Auburn recruited him strictly as a running back. Calloway decided he wanted to play on the offensive side of the ball and switched his commitment to Auburn at the U.S. Army All-American game. He took a final visit to Alabama the weekend before National Signing Day and flipped back to his original commitment.

Cyrus Kouandjio

The nation's No. 1 offensive lineman, from Hyattsvllle-Dematha Catholic, Md., shocked all who were watching last year when he announced his decision to Auburn on ESPN on National Signing Day. Kounadjo was considered a lock to Alabama from the beginning of his recruitment because of his brother, Arie, already on the Alabama football team. He also had a great a great relationship with the Tide coaching staff. He had taken an official visit to Auburn the weekend before signing day.

FoxSports/Scout.com's Kristen Kenny was the only reporter who remained at his school after the announcement. Kenny remained on the ground until three days later when Kouandjio switched his commitment to Alabama.

Dee Hart

The U.S. Army National Player of the Year rushed for 50 touchdowns during his senior year. The Orlando-Dr. Phillps, Fla. playmaker originally committed to Michigan, but continued to show strong interest in Alabama. The departure of Rich Rodriguez helped open the door for Hart to Tuscaloosa. He rushed for more than 100 yards in the U.S. Army game. Hart was expected to become a big part of the Tide's offense in 2011, but an injury kept him sidelined for the year.

Kenny Bell

The Rayville, La. native was given the tag name as "Recruit X". Scout.com had learned well in advance of the possibility the wide receiver, in the class of 2009, was switching from LSU to Alabama. Bell had a signing day press conference and announced he was switching his commitment. The Tide sophomore receiver had 16 catches this season for 229 yards and two touchdowns.

Damion Square

The defensive lineman, from Houston-Yates, Texas, was a member of Alabama's 2008 No. 1 recruiting class. He was a commitment to Texas A&M, but de-committed from the Aggies before the summer after his junior year. Texas A&M felt like Square would stick with his original commitment, but in August he opted for Alabama. He was redshirted his freshman year and suffered a season-ending injury the next year. He has been a stalwart on the defensive front the past two seasons and started every game in 2011.

Josh Chapman

The Hoover, Ala. defensive tackle was one of the premier defensive linemen in the state during his senior season. He was also overshadowed by teammate and U.S Army All-American Kerry Murphy who were both in the class of 2007. Chapman committed to Auburn in the summer prior to his senior season. Former Alabama head coach Mike Shula was only offering a grayshirt. Nick Saban quickly jumped on Chapman upon his arrival that January and offered a scholarship. Chapman switched his commitment from Auburn to Alabama the day before signing day. The leader on the defensive front leads the nation's top defense into the national championship against LSU.

Luther Davis

The defensive lineman, from West Monroe, La., was Nick Saban's first big recruiting coup in the class of 2007. The Tigers had become a national powerhouse because they were able to keep the top recruits in-state. Saban went after the U.S. Army All-American, an LSU commitment, who played four years at Alabama and helped the Crimson Tide to the 2009 National Championship.

Note: Jeoffrey Pagan committed to Florida in the class of 2011, but he re-opened his recruitment a few months before signing with Alabama. Florida was not considered a contender at the time of his final decision. He was not considered a "flip."

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