It's Official: D.J. Fluker to Alabama

D.J. Fluker, four-star junior defensive tackle from Biloxi, (Miss.), spoke with Alabama head coach Nick Saban Tuesday evening and gave his verbal pledge to the Crimson Tide. The National 100 member talks about the very early decision.

"It has been on my mind for the longest time to go ahead and get it out of the way," said D.J. Fluker. "I prayed about it last night. This morning when I woke up I knew what I wanted to do."

"Every time I go up to Alabama I just feel at home. I just love the feeling I get when I go up there. There is nothing that can change the feelings I have for Alabama."

Fluker informed an Alabama coach earlier today of his decision, but the commitment was not official until he spoke with coach Saban.

"I talked to coach [Geoff] Collins earlier today. I actually just got off the phone with coach Saban and coach [Lance] Thompson. Coach Collins wanted me to talk to them before it was official," Fluker said.

"The coaches were excited. They were all like, wow. They told me congratulations and were glad to have me as a part of their program. They told me I was the first commitment of the 2009 class. Everything was great. They were very, very excited, and I was too."

"The Alabama coaches want me as a defensive tackle. I am currently 6-foot-7, 327-pounds. Right now I am neutral on if I want to lose any weight. It's not fat at all. I am wearing a size 22 shoe and moving very fast."

"I am 16 years old and will turn 17 in March. The doctors said I am not finished growing. They said I would be about 7-feet tall."

The big guy talked of his strengths and what he hopes to improve by arrival time on Alabama's campus in 2009.

"I have speed, quickness and power. I have quick hands and quick feet. The speed I have for my size is pretty good. I run in the 4.9-forty range," Fluker said.

"I am trying to improve to a 4.6-forty. I have been really working on my speed by doing a lot of sprinting."

Fluker is excited about his decision and the first pledge of Alabama's 2009 class. He will also take other visits before signing day

"I really like being a part of something. It's real exciting for me. It's been on my mind all day at school. I keep saying I committed to the University of Alabama. It's amazing," h said.

"I have been going to Alabama games, and it's like home to me. I went with Sidell Corley on his official visit to Alabama, and it felt real good to me then."

"Right now I still want to keep my options open. I know I am going to end up at Alabama. I want to enjoy the recruiting process and make sure Alabama is the best place for me. In the end I know it will be."

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