Four-star junior college offensive lineman Elliot Baker had long planned to spend several days in Tuscaloosa this week to both visit and camp at Alabama, the program high on his list since it offered in the spring.
It resulted in tangible news late Monday night.
"I sat down with coach [Nick] Saban and my O-line coach, coach [Eduardo] Nuno and Saban just laid down the process and kind of what all Alabama is about. I bought in right away and I knew this was the right fit for me and the place I wanted to be."
"I came in with zero expectations, just wanted to feel the place out and yea..."
The City College of San Francisco product, who is originally from San Francisco, gave Saban the verbal pledge to make an even 10 commitments for the Crimson Tide in the 2017 cycle. Baker joins fellow four-star Alex Leatherwood, who has also been in town multiple days, among offensive linemen on board to this point.
"It was amazing in camp, I got to get coached up by [offensive line] coach [Brent] Key and took a bunch of reps," Baker said. "I got to do some of the drills I will be doing in the future. I spent maybe an hour on the field (with Key), he brings a lot of energy and is fired up out there. He's big on technique and hand-placement, he's definitely intense and wants to see you get better out there."
The decision propelled Alabama to No. 3 in the Scout team recruiting rankings, as the group features blue chip prospects in nine of the 10 pledges to this point.null