June has been a big recruiting month for Alabama and on Friday it landed its biggest commitment to date in the class of 2018. Mobile (Ala.) St. Paul's Episcopal cornerback Jalyn Armour-Davis went public with his decision to play for Nick Saban and company.
The four-star is among the top 100 prospects in the country regardless of position on Scout. St. Paul's head coach Steve Mask points to his vitals and versatility as reasons why.
"On the surface, he's what you look for in a corner," he said. "He's that tall corner that can run, you know that 6-1 and about 175 (pounds) and his body is really changing a lot even as we speak. He really looks good, so you're getting a guy who when you do the measurables of an SEC corner -- he's got them.
"His speed is unreal, his ball skills are unreal and as a person he's unreal. A really good player."
With the listed size and a 5A state champion 100-meter dash time of 10.8 seconds this spring, Armour-Davis brings plenty to the table. But the ability with the football in his hands increases his value. Oklahoma even offered him purely as a wide receiver (spring practice clips below).
"We use him a lot on offense and he will be a punt returner and kick returner for us," Mask said. "I think he can be a big-time wideout because he has just great ball skills. In fact, in the spring game he caught two touchdown passes in that game. He's a phenomenal route-runner, runs by people.
"What's the old saying? If you can't play receiver you go an play DB, well he's not that guy. He can play receiver and go play DB, ball-skill wise he's off the chart good."
Scout has tracked the newest Alabama verbal commitment since he was a freshman contributor on the Saints' 2014 state championship team. Even back then, he carried himself like a veteran player and even prospect as we began to quote him. It is something his coach has long seen.
"He's a very mature kid for his age," Mask said. "Jalyn is a quiet kid who gets along with his teammates and likes to jaw around with them a little bit. But Jalyn's going to keep to himself. I would imagine one of these days he's going to be a great poker player because he doesn't let you know what's going on inside his brain a lot of times. He's very quiet, very classy, does things right. I'm just very proud of how he acts off the field.
"By all rights he could be cocky and all that stuff and sometimes I have to get on him about not having enough swag. At that position you need to have a little bit of swag, but it's not his personality. Jalyn's Jalyn and that's what you're going to get."
Now that Armour-Davis' verbal commitment it in, he will be looked at to help bring Alabama more top prospects although he has told reporters he will continue to visit college campuses outside of Tuscaloosa.
Mask doesn't expect a change in verbal commitment, however.
"I'm just an old school guy, been doing this stuff a long time," he said. "When you commit, you commit, you're done. What good does it do to go visit? Yea you take some trips and all that stuff but if you play football in the SEC, there's going to be plenty of trips coming your way the next four or five years.
"If you commit to somebody, my belief that we try to foster to all our kids, be committed. Get it done and enjoy your senior year."