'The best option for me'

Bradley Bozeman has always called Tuscaloosa home, but a recent ACL injury put many things about his football future at his dream school in jeopardy. The senior offensive lineman, who will greyshirt at Alabama, opens up about the tough decision and more.

Bradley Bozeman has been about as gung-ho about his verbal commitment to Alabama as it gets.

The three-star offensive lineman has never wavered on that pledge, and he was able to visit Tuscaloosa over the weekend for his official while the national championship parade went on.

"It was great!" he said of the visit. "It couldn't have been any better!"

Yet for Bozeman, who tore his ACL in September, things surrounding his commitment's status began to change late in 2012. It was kept under the radar, but it was recently revealed that he will greyshirt at Alabama.

"It will give me time to become more mature, faster, stronger and allow my knee to really heal up," he said on the move. "It's the best option for me."

That doesn't mean it wasn't extremely tough to settle on for the 6-foot-5, 315-pounder, even for one of the more solid commits in the Crimson Tide's 2013 class. He even contemplated checking out other schools for a brief time.

"I've known for about two months now, and we've been thinking it over and talking to different people about it and getting the pros and cons down," said Bozeman. "I came to a decision to do the greyshirt because, as far as long-term for myself, it's the best option for me."

"When they first broke the news it was tough, but I got to thinking about it and they are three-time national champions in the last four years for a reason," he continued. "They know what's best for them and me. I've been committed for over a year and a half and I didn't take a single visit (elsewhere) since I committed.

"To break that now knowing that Tuscaloosa, Alabama is my home and where I know I want to be would be stupid!"

With a renewed confidence after the visit, Bozeman is ready to cap his rehab and get to Alabama, as was the plan all along.

"We are six to right weeks ahead of schedule," he said of his knee rehab. "The doctor said I should be back to 100 percent by April."

Bozeman is considered the No. 27 guard prospect in the class of 2013 on FOX Sports NEXT/Scout.com.


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