Ivan Matchett Talks of his Decision

Ivan Matchett, from Mobile-St. Paul's, (Ala.), gave his verbal pledge to the University of Alabamaat the beginning of the week, but decided to wait a few days before going public with his decision. Matchett talked with Scout.com about his early commitment.

"I actually committed around noon on Monday," Ivan Matchett said. "I was going to wait before announcing so I could work on my teammates. I found out it was already out there last night. I told all my friends today at school."

"The reason I committed early was because there was no reason to wait around. I could go where I wanted to go. The coaches are real cool. I love the campus. I fell in love with the place."

"I really wanted to get my decision out of the way. I didn't want to have to worry about anything. We have a new head coach here. I wanted to stay focused and get ready for next year."

Matchett spoke with several Alabama coaches when he made his commitment.

"First, I talked to my recruiting coach, coach [Lance] Thompson," he said. "I told him what he wanted to hear. I talked to coach [Burton] Burns. He is my position coach. He told me he can't wait to work with me. He was real happy to hear about my decision."

"I finally talked to the big man. I talked to coach [Nick] Saban. He said he was glad and wanted to make sure I was making the right decision. It's not like it was the first time I have talked to him. I call him anytime I have any questions."

The 5-10, 205-pound running back will not visit any other schools and plans to work on a few of his teammates who have received scholarship offers from Alabama as well.

"It feels good to have my decision over with," Matchett said. "It's an honor to even be in this position. Some people don't even get this chance. I am grateful. I was able to choose to go to Alabama. I am glad it's behind me. I am finished with recruiting."

"I plan to work on my teammates [Mark Barron and Destin Hood] now. I am going to try to get them to come to Alabama with me."

The University of Alabama has another running back commitment from the Mobile area in Davidson's Jermaine Preyear.

"I have never talked to him," Matchett said. "I played against him before. He is good. I think he is a good player. Obviously, he is good since he is going to Alabama. He is a great talent. We are going to be the Mobile-duo. I haven't had a chance to meet any of the commitments yet."

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