After seemingly struggling to get him on campus for an official visit this fall, Alabama accomplished the feat with Isaiah Buggs during the final weekend of the contact period. A few days after visiting with the blue-chip Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College standout, the trip to Tuscaloosa was made and it appears to be much of the difference in a final decision revealed Tuesday via Twitter.
"I really feel like Buggs is a great scheme fit for Alabama," Scout National Recruiting Analyst Greg Powers said Tuesday. "He is a guy who can play outside in and that will be something that he will do often in the Crimson Tide defensive front. He would compare favorably to a player like A'Shawn Robinson and is clearly one of the top guys on the junior college scene.
"He always plays with the high motor and I think that is a key to his game."
Buggs becomes Alabama's second defensive line prospect committed in the current cycle, joining four-star Akial Byers. The Louisiana native had minimal recruiting attention coming out of Ruston (La.) High School before bulking up and bursting onto the recruiting scene over the last year or so. Selecting Alabama over LSU, Auburn, Mississippi and others, Buggs was credited with 59 tackles including eight for loss and four sacks as a freshman for the Bulldogs. In 2016, Buggs racked up 75 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks and broke up two passes to earn All-MACJC South Division honors.
The 6-foot-5, 290-pound sophomore transfer plans on enrolling at Alabama next month and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
2016 Clips: Isaiah Buggs
Buggs finished as the No. 2 junior college prospect in the country via Scout.com