Alabama had six commitments participating at Nike's The Opening Finals this past week and there was no debate as to which one represented the crimson and white most while not in one of seemingly dozens of exclusive Nike uniforms -- Jaquan Yulee.
The Scout100 linebacker prospect (pictured above) both promoted and recruited for UA while hoping to hone in on his craft among the nation's top prospects.
"It means a lot to me. I had my mind set on coming here before my senior season and I got it," he said. "I had to go out there and do my best to compete.
"You never know how people may perform, I didn’t think I was going to make it, but I showed enough against a couple of good receivers at the regional. All I need to do is work on my coverage, everything else is lock down. If I can just do that, I’ll be the best I can be."
Going through the process as an Alabama pledge has come with some perks, too.
"It’s been amazing," Yulee said. "On the flight, everybody was like, ‘Roll Tide.’ It’s an amazing feeling to be apart of one of the best programs in America."
Participating with 7On team Alpha Pro, along with fellow Nick Saban verbals Miller Forristall, Shyheim Carter and Najee Harris, top in-state target Lyndell Wilson played alongside him at linebacker. He also roomed with the current top prospect in the Yellowhamer State, pitching him on the Crimson Tide often.
While Yulee told Scout he'll likely take official visits, no trips are yet set. He will, however, return to Tuscaloosa this coming week for his first visit as a UA commitment.
The No. 2 inside linebacker projection in the country, Yulee is now focused on rounding out his prep career at Chesapeake (Va.) Indian River as well or better than he did as an underclassmen.
"I want to prove I wasn’t a slouch my last three years," he said. "I’ve always been the best and I’m going to continue to be the best at my position."