Tide Picks Up First Linebacker Commitment

The University of Alabama is racking up with the out-of-state verbal commits for the Class of 2007. Marist linebacker Jennings Hester committed to Alabama last week following an early week visit to the Capstone.

"I committed to Alabama last Friday," said Jennings Hester from Atlanta, (Ga.). "I visited the school last Monday. I had never been there before, and I loved everything about it. I loved the campus and the coaching staff. I toured the academic buildings, and they have a lot of people that help out the football players. The place was perfect."

"I called coach Cheese [Charlie Harbison] to let him know of my decision. He was very excited. He put me on the phone with coach [Joe] Kines and coach [Mike] Shula. They were both very excited as well."

The Alabama coaching staff was in desperate need for linebackers for the class of 2007. Jennings is the first of the position to commit.

"I am 6-3, 215-pounds," he said. "Alabama recruited me as a middle or SAM linebacker. It really depends on how much weight I add."

Jennings recorded 105 tackles, nine tackles for loss, four forced fumbles and one sack during his junior campaign. In addition to Alabama, he received a scholarship offer from Air Force and was recruited by a handful of schools.

"I was receiving heavy interest from Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, Boston College, Duke, Marshall and Georgia Tech," Jennings said.

"I will not take anymore visits. I am solid to Alabama."

Hester scored a 26 on the ACT and has a 2.89 GPA.

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