Recruiting is extremely fluid and Alabama's kicker situation for the class of 2017 has been a prime example. It had long wanted to place a high-level leg on scholarship in the class and landed arguably the nation's best in Brandon Ruiz back in June following his performance at UA's annual kicking camp.
However, following the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Game in January, Ruiz backed off of the pledge and opted to stay closer to home with a commitment to nearby Arizona State.
The Crimson Tide explored several options in the 10 days following the move before offering a scholarship to the other kicker represented at the Army Bowl -- Joseph Bulovas -- as Scout sources reported Tuesday afternoon. A weekend visit was quickly set up but the Mandeville (La.) three-star, who backed off of a Georgia Tech commitment Monday, accelerated things Wednesday morning with the announcement of his pledge to Nick Saban and company.
Ranked the No. 4 kicking prospect in the senior class by Scout, Bulovas had a standout performance at said Army All-American Bowl Game, including a game-long 49-yard field goal in the third quarter of the East's 27-17 victory over the West in San Antonio, Texas. His 34-yard field goal in the second quarter, paired with him netting all three extra point attempts, accounted for nine points on the afternoon.
Alabama has again prioritized the state of Louisiana and Bulovas represents the fourth Louisiana native to join the class to this point, joining five-star linebacker Dylan Moses, junior college five-star defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs, and Scout 100 linebacker Chris Allen, who detailed why he'll stick with Alabama on Tuesday evening.
Video: Joseph Bulovas' Army Bowl Game Performance