Bama Gets Four-Star Commitment for 2017

An outstanding athlete for the football recruiting class of 2017 has committed to Alabama, the fifth top player to announce for Bama for next year.

Chadarius Townsend of Tanner (Ala.) High School has selected Alabama over offers from several schools this summer, with the news becoming public on Wednesday evening.

All five of the commitments to Alabama for the 2017 class have four-star ratings and rank among the top 143 prospects in the coutnry.

Townsend earned his Crimson Tide offer with an outstanding performance in summer camp and he actually gave his verbal pledge to Nick Saban and company on the very next day.

"It's a relief to tell everybody what my decision was," he said. "I had always thought about it, I just hadn't picked out the day. It just felt like home up there. Everybody was nice up there. I know they're a great football team and I loved everything they had up there. It felt good, it felt comfortable.

"I went up there for the camp in June, and they liked what they saw on film, so they talked to me about offering me. They ended up offering and we stayed up there that weekend. We came back the next day and I went on and committed to them. For Alabama to be my first school, it was so nice. I liked everything they had up there so I decided to stick with them. They're my right choice."

At Tanner he is a quarterback, but he is an all-around athlete who could be a wide receiver or defensive back in college.

"They have me as an athlete and they said I can either play offense or defense," Townsend said. "They also like me whenever I have the ball in my hands. I would love to do returns, I love kick returns. I love safety, too, and I play quarterback. It's really hard to pick, I'm just enjoying it.

Townsend doesn't have any current plans to visit other campuses this fall.

John Garcia, Jr. contributed to this report.

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