Alabama Lands Texas Star three-star Tarence Farmer, from Houston-St.Pius X, Texas, made a surprise announcement Wednesday as he gave his verbal pledge to the University of Alabama. Farmer has never visited Tuscaloosa and will get his first chance this weekend.

"I committed to Alabama yesterday," said Tarence Farmer from Houston, Texas. "I committed to Alabama because of Nick Saban. I know about his past with college football teams, and I think Alabama is going to turn out to be a good program."

"I am making the visit this weekend. I have never been there, but from what I hear it's a very nice place."

The Crimson Tide did not get in the picture with Farmer until the new coaching staff arrived at Alabama.

"To be honest, they sent me one letter at the beginning of the season. That was it. Coach Saban started recruiting me about two weeks ago. Major Applewhite visited me a week and half ago."

"I am not sure which position they want me to play. I hear defensive back or receiver. I will do whatever is best for the team."

As a senior, Farmer recorded 44 catches for 1,140 yards and scored 15 touchdowns on offense. He returned two punts and one kick-off for a touchdown as well. On the defensive side of the ball he recorded 51 tackles, five interceptions and 10 pass break-ups.

Farmer is on pace to qualify with a 20 ACT score and a 2.5 GPA.

He is well aware of his strengths on the gridiron and what he hopes to improve before summer work-outs with the Tide.

"I understand the whole knowledge of the game. I know how to do a lot of things. I can always place myself in the right position to make plays."

"I would have to say I need to improve my size. I am 5-11, 190-pounds. I need to gain some more muscle before I get to Alabama."

"At the beginning of the recruiting process I didn't know where I stood. Alabama is a complete surprise to me. People that know Alabama tell me it's a great place. I am really looking forward to going there."

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