In Depth With Alabama's Newest Commitment

<b>Scott Deaton</b>, an in-state hidden gem, was unknown to the recruiting world until he made a commitment to the University of Alabama last Saturday. What matters most, he was not unknown to the Crimson Tide staff.

Scott Deaton, more than likely, finishes the Crimson Tide's excellent offensive line class Deaton is a 6-4, 260 pound offensive lineman for Oak Mountain High School with excellent mobility. Deaton was timed at an astounding 4.96 in the forty yard dash at Mountain Brook's spring combine. Deaton received four scholarship offers and Alabama was the lucky recipient of his commitment.

"I always wanted to go to Alabama. It has been something I have always wanted to do and I felt real comfortable down there," said Deaton.

"Alabama offered me during the summer. It was in early August. My dad and I went down there and met with all the coaches. They offered me while I was there. I committed to Alabama, last Saturday, at the Western Carolina game. I talked to Coach Connelly before the game and told him I wanted to commit. After the game, he got all the coaches to come talk to me and let all of them know about me committing."

"I love the tradition at Alabama. I really like the new facilities and the new weight room." Deaton added.

The Crimson Tide coaches made a strong impression.

"Coach Connelly (position coach) is a real nice guy. He is a really good coach. I knew what he was talking about and he is really easy to understand. I worked with him twice over the summer and I felt really comfortable working with him. Coach Harbison (recruiting coach) is a great guy. I talked to Coach Harbison every week. He is a real down to earth type guy and real easy to talk to. Coach Shula is great. He is not intimidating. He is calm mannered," said Deaton.

Deaton is impressed with Alabama's recruiting class.

When asked about Alabama's '05 signing class, Deaton replied, "It is looking really good. We have six offensive lineman and bunch of other good players. I know we got that quarterback from California. That is really good. I have met Evan Cardwell, Drew Davis, Michael Johnson, John Parker Wilson, and Cory Reamer. I haven't really called any yet, but I see them at the games. I have been to all the Alabama games this year. I will be at the game against South Carolina this weekend."

With several players committing and still taking their official visits, Deaton is not one of them.

"This is it for me. I will not visit any other school."

Deaton could play several different positions for the Tide.

"We have kind of talked about it. They feel like it will end up being tackle, but they think a better fit for me would be either guard or center. We will just see how it plays out."

Last week, Oak Mountain won their first game.

"We beat Gardendale. We have lost our other games to Fairfield, Spain Park, and Vestavia. We play in one of the toughest regions in the state. We are playing Pelham this week at Home," said Deaton.

As a junior, Deaton received 2nd team All-Metro, 1st Team All-County.

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