"T.J. is the total package."

T.J. Yeldon, four-star running back and National 100 prospect, flipped his decision in December to the Crimson Tide. He talked 'Why Alabama' along with his head coach talking of one of his star athletes. Yeldon has already enrolled at the Capstone.

T.J. Yeldon
Scout.com Rating: Four-star, National 100
Scout.com Rank: No. 8 Running Back
Size: 6-foot-2, 215-pounds
High School: Daphne, Ala.
Projected Position: Running Back

Stats: Yeldon finished his senior season with 232 rushes for 2,193 yards with 31 touchdowns; 19 catches for 244 yards and a touchdown. He completed five-of-eight passes for 85 yards with a touchdown. He won Mr. Football given to the state's best player voted by the Alabama High School Sportswriters Association.

Commit Date: 12/18/2011
Recruiting Competition: Auburn

Why Alabama: "Alabama has always been in my heart. They were my favorite team growing up. I am really close with coach Pruitt and coach Saban.
Yeldon issued a statement on December 18 on his college decision. "Over the last few weeks, I've really put a lot of time and thought into where I want to go to school and continue my football career. I am blessed to be in a situation where I have several great opportunities, and I appreciate everyone involved who has helped me get to this point.

"I want to make an announcement so I can put this behind me and get to work on the things I need to do to prepare for college both athletically and academically. I am going to enroll at the University of Alabama in January. I have a lot of respect for Auburn, the coaches, and all of the people there, but at the end of the day I feel like the University of Alabama is the best situation and fit for me and my family. I am 100-percent confident with my final decision. I feel great about it, and I'm excited to get started."

Coach Quotes: "I think T.J.s biggest strength is being a competitor, and obviously he has great talent," said Daphne head coach Glenn Vickery. "T.J. competes every day, every game, every play. I think that's a big asset to him obviously. He is blessed with size and strength and speed. There are times that you have that, but you don't compete. T.J. is the total package, and he loves to compete.

"As far as running back abilities, he's a great hard runner. He will run inside and outside. He sees the field very well. He cuts very well. He has a lot of intangibles that were just a gift. I don't think you could learn them or acquire them. I think he was just blessed with a lot of intangibles as a running back, but again I go back to he loves to compete.

"Obviously the players still there [Alabama] are bigger, faster, stronger. I think he has to take his abilities to the next level. He has done that. He's made every step from youth football to middle school to freshman to varsity football. He is always taking his game to a higher level. He's got to do the same in college. Obviously, it is a faster game, and obviously it's a game of strength and size. He's got to take it to that level, and I think he will.

"T.J. is probably one of the most level-headed kids that I've ever coached. He knows he's a good player, but he didn't wear it, didn't show off. I think he has some long range goals, and some of it has been negative criticism and a lot of it has been positive reinforcement.

"I think there are some kids you know who they are before they get to you by things they are saying, beating their own chest. T.J. is just the opposite. He is a low-key guy, and didn't make a lot of noise. He just shows up to work every day.

Andrew Bone says: "Yeldon should see the field early and provide a boost to the running game for the Crimson Tide who loses Doak Walker award winner Trent Richardson. Yeldon had an incredible senior season and backed it up with an MVP performance in the Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Classic. He has developed into a premier back with his speed, quickness, vision and patience."

Rebecca Johnston contributed to this report.

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