Bama Lands Athletic Defensive End

Undra Billingsley, from Birmingham-Woodlawn, (Ala.), noted his commitment was in the near future. He was right as he gave his pledge this weekend to the University of Alabama.

"I committed to Alabama today," said Undra Billingsley from Birmingham, (Ala.). "I committed after practice. I told coach Nick Saban about my decision. He was very excited."

"He called coach [Kevin] Steele in the office, and he jumped all over me. Coach Saban was excited too. He said it was good news after practice."

Billingsley chose the Crimson Tide over scholarship offers from Auburn, Clemson, Tennessee and Ole Miss. He gives his reasons for his decision.

"Out of all the colleges I've been to they have the most welcoming staff. Nick Saban before practice said academics were first. Nick Saban said he didn't want to make me just a great football player, but push me hard for academics. I really liked that."

"I feels very good to be committed. I don't have to worry about where I am going. I don't have to visit other colleges. I don't want to go too far away from home. It was the best school out of all the SEC schools who offered," said Billingsley.

The 6-3, 265-pound defensive end was impressed with Alabama's first practice.

"The practice was very intense. You could hardly believe it was the first practice. It seem liked they have been practicing on their own."

When asked if he would take any additional visits Billingsley replied, "I don't think I am going to visit any more schools."

Woodlawn High School head coach Dexter LeBlanc had some good things to say about his star player.

"I am extremely proud of all he (Undra Billingsley) has done," Dexter LeBlanc said. "This was a decision that he made on his own, and I am happy for him."

"He is an excellent ball player on either side of the ball whether it be tight end or defensive end. He is smart and very coachable and picks up on things really fast. I think he will be one of the greatest players to ever play at Alabama."

As a junior, he recorded 85 tackles and eight sacks as a defensive end and 47 receptions for 425 yards on offense as a tight end.'s Chris Sherman contributed to this report.

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