Crimson Tide Lands In-State Star

The Crimson Tide landed a huge verbal commitment Thursday when Central-Phenix City four-star athlete Earl Alexander made his pledge to the University of Alabama. four-star athlete Earl Alexander Central-Phenix City knew all along where he wanted to play college football. Alexander has made his college decision.

"I committed to Alabama on Thursday," said Earl Alexander from Central- Phenix City, (Ala.). "I was ready to go ahead and make my commitment. I talked to coach [Dave] Rader and coach [Paul] Randolph. I haven't talked to coach [Mike] Shula yet. I probably won't talk to him until after January 1."

"Coach Rader and coach Randolph called Thursday to check on things. I told them that after my official visit I was ready to go ahead and make my commitment," Alexander added.

The 6-4, 205 pound athlete is considered one of the top five players in the state, and he knew Alabama was the place for him.

"I always knew somewhere in my heart I wanted to go to Alabama," Alexander said. "There is a good chance now with Tebow going to Florida that I could come in and compete to play quarterback. I feel I could go in and compete with the two guys there right now. I feel the opportunity for me to play quarterback is definitely open. I didn't want to pass it up."

Alexander was scheduled to take an official visit to Auburn January 13, but said, "I will not take an official visit to Auburn. I am a solid commit to Alabama."

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