Prototype D-End commits

Jeramie Holifield, considered by many recruiting pundits to be the top long-term defensive prospect in the state, revealed that he had committed to sign with Alabama.

Holifield (6-5, 250, 4.6) actually told the Tide coaches of his decision last week, but he waited until after the weekend to let the rest of the world in on the news.

"I committed to Alabama Friday night," Jeramie Holifield told TheInsiders.com in a Monday interview.

The Hoover High School star will need a little seasoning in the weight room, but college scouts are salivating over his combination of size and speed. Rated a three-star prospect by TheInsiders.com, Holifield has prototype skills for a rush end.

Holifield was named to the third-team all-state squad for 6A schools.

Given their championship season, LSU has turned plenty of heads on the recruiting trail this year. And Holifield gave them a long look. Contrary to what some have said, he certainly did not know all along that he was going to commit to Alabama.

"No, not really," Holifield said of his decision. "I was leaning toward LSU but just did not want to leave the state."

Like his Hoover teammates Curtis Dawson and John Parker Wilson, Holifield wants to be part of rebuilding the Crimson Tide tradition.

"I have been an Alabama fan my whole life," he said.

Holifield is scheduled for an official visit to Tuscaloosa on January 18th and had been slated to visit Baton Rouge earlier. Is his decision final?

"I will not be taking any other official visits," he replied.

Holifield finished a productive senior season with 76 tackles, 4 1/2 sacks, and a State Championship.

Holifield talked about why he settled on Alabama.

Still growing into his sizable frame, Holifield should be even better in college than in high school.

"I really like the environment down there. They have a great education program. I plan on going into Sports Medicine and they have a great Sports Medicine program."

The only negative in regard to Holifield could be grades. He transferred into Hoover as a junior, and has been working hard to become eligible.

For his part, Holifield is determined to get the job done. "Yes, I will be fully qualified," he stated firmly. "I took the ACT again a couple of weeks ago."

If Holifield is unable to get his grades in order, he could either start off at a junior college, play a season for a prep school, or simply delay his entry into The University while he works to raise his test scores.

Defensive end Jeramie Holifield is the 14th prospect to commit to Alabama as part of the 2004 recruiting class.

Other Tide commitments include:

RECRUITING NOTES: Alabama is allowed to bring in 19 new scholarshipped players this fall. The Tide is expected to sign as many as 22 players in February, anticipating that several will not become qualified. It's also possible that one or more players may be asked to delay entry into The University until the following January, counting against 2005 scholarship numbers, depending on how qualifying issues play out.

Read all of the recent recruiting stories on Alabama recruits from TheInsiders.com.


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