'Bama Commitment Talks with Tide Coach

Mountain Brook offensive lineman William Vlachos could have accepted scholarship offers from schools like LSU or West Virginia, but he accepted a grayshirt offer from the University of Alabama. Vlachos spoke with Alabama interim head coach Joe Kines Monday evening.

"I spoke to coach [Joe] Kines 20 minutes ago," said William Vlachos from Birmingham, (Ala.). "He said not to worry about anything, and that I still had my scholarship offer."

"He told me he has been around the good and the bad. He said the good outweighs the bad. He told me they plan on going to a bowl game. He said people would be calling me trying to convince me to change my decision, but I told him he did not need to worry about that." Vlachos had a good relationship with the Alabama coaching staff, but said his commitment is to the University of Alabama.

"I am fully committed to Alabama," he said. "It's unfortunate that coach Shula was fired. I had a pretty good relationship with him."

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