The prospect camp season at Alabama kicked off on June 3, with a specialist camp, and less than two weeks later there is already tangible gain from the event for Nick Saban.
Skyler Delong, who earned an offer after his punting performance in Tuscaloosa that day, went public with a verbal commitment to the program on Thursday morning. He was previously committed to Tennessee following a June 1 performance in Knoxville that also landed him an offer. Rutgers and Army also had verbal offers in to the Fort Mill (S.C.) Nation Ford class of 2018 prospect.
The Crimson Tide typically takes specialists on scholarship when starters are set to depart, as it did in 2017 with kicker Joseph Bulovas and a fellow Army All-American in longsnapper Thomas Fletcher, to help replace Adam Griffith and Cole Mazza, respectively.
Delong, who ranks as the No. 4 punting prospect in America on Kohl's Kicking, may have bigger shoes to fill in Tuscaloosa as All-American punter JK Scott enters his senior campaign.
"Delong is developing into one of the best punting prospects in the 2018 class," Jamie Kohl said of the newest Alabama commitment via the website. "He had strong a strong showing at the 2016 Southern Winter Showcase and followed it up with an even stronger showing at the 2017 Underclassman Challenge. One of the premier hang time guys in his class, Delong, can continue to keep the ball extended and sit back on his contact which should help improve his contact and power through his finish.
"He has the ability to kick off as well but his best chance at the D1 level will be punting. Delong has attended previous camps with the most recent being the NSC in July of 2016. Once again he showed flashes of dominance."
Delong is the second public pledge for Alabama in the last week, following four-star Georgia linebacker Quay Walker. UA is now at four class of 2018 commitments.