Pierschbacher takes first trip as commitment

Ross Pierschbacher flipped his commitment from Iowa to Alabama in August, but he hadn't returned to Tuscaloosa since that point. That changed on Saturday, as many recruits flocked back to town with LSU on the schedule.

Ross Pierschbacher was as quiet, respectful and as classy as can be once he flipped his commitment from homestate school Iowa to Alabama in August. In between then and now, he's led his Cedar Falls (Iowa) team to gaudy rushing totals and plenty of wins. However, he hadn't been to Tuscaloosa as a committed prospect.

That changed for the No. 3 guard prospect in America on Saturday, as he traveled into town with his family for the LSU game.

"It was pretty cool," Pierschbacher said of his time in Tuscaloosa.

The notion of being there as a pledge made things feel a bit easier for the senior while on campus.

"Yea, that was pretty neat, too," he said. "Because some fans knew who I was.

"They'd say 'oh, hey, that's that kid from Iowa' and stuff like that."

It also happened to be the weekend that 20 commitments were in town, during a mega recruiting weekend for Nick Saban's program.

"It was cool and exciting," he said laughing. "Just to think about the future with those guys."

Pierschbacher hadn't previously met any commitments, though familiar with one.

"J.C. [Hassenauer]," he said. "We'd text and stuff before, just because were both from the Midwest, and being on the O-line."

The unprecedented offensive line haul for the national champions, currently with seven commitments including a pair of five-stars, had the group the center of attention at times. The coaching staff followed along accordingly.

"They say that now with the O-line that graduated or went to the draft a year ago, they need a really good class to step in and play a big role," Pierschbacher said. "And they said that I need to come in and contribute right away."

With four four-stars among those in the unit along with the pair of elites and rising standout Montel McBride, its safe to say that the 6-foot-5, 270-pound Pierschbacher and company have the chance to live up to their ranking sooner than later in Tuscaloosa.


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