Scales selects Alabama during visit

Alabama is bringing in many highly-touted visitors for its A-Day weekend, but Nick Saban picked up a commitment a day before the event with Brendan Scales providing his pledge.

Alabama hasn't signed many high school tight ends of late, but if its latest commitment sticks it out and signs with the Crimson Tide, it would mean two in a row came from the state of Missouri.

During a visit to Tuscaloosa on Friday, which is to last through the weekend, Wildwood (Mo.) Lafayette tight end Brendan Scales gave Nick Saban his verbal commitment. The news was confirmed to's Allen Trieu soon after.

Scales, who is the top-ranked tight end in Missouri like 2015 UA signee Hale Hentges was, added his Crimson Tide offer just 48 hours prior to ending his recruitment.

"It means that a coach like Nick Saban believes I can play for a national championship winning team," he said Wednesday. "It's a pretty big honor. I have a lot of confidence, but never the confidence to think I'd have a chance to play at Alabama.

"He (Saban) said he really needed someone like me who could block and catch well and run a little bit of H-back."

Scout evaluated the 6-foot-4, 225-pound talent this of late.

"I had the chance to see him at a recent showcase and he could really run for a big guy," Trieu said. "He caught the ball well, too, and with the way he is built, he looks like a guy who could play some H-back and provide a lot of different uses for an offense."

The seventh class of 2016 commitment for Alabama, Scales also holds verbal offers from Missouri, Arkansas, Louisville, Kentucky, Arizona State among many others.

Scout/BamaMag will have much more on this developing story.

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