"I want to win a National Championship."
Darrington Sentimore anchored the defense with 85 tackles, four sacks, seven tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. The 6-foot-3, 265 pound lineman was named the state championship game MVP.
Sentimore doesn't want his winning streak to end once he joins the Crimson Tide.
"I want to keep on winning," said Sentimore. "That's why I committed to Alabama. I want to win a National Championship."
As would expect with a high profile player from a high profile school the offers poured in for Sentimore. Besides his Alabama offer, Auburn, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Arkansas, Miami, Michigan, and Nebraska were among the many suitors for his signature with home-state LSU making a late run for his services.
Fortunately for the Tide, Alabama was able to hold off a formidable list of major college powers to keep Sentimore, who committed to UA in October.
"It's a great program," Sentimore said. "I have a good relationship with the coaches going back to camp where I got to know Coach (Burton) Burns and Coach (Bo) Davis. Coach Saban let me know I'd have an opportunity to come in and play early."
"My expectations coming in my first year is to get on the field. Try to be a disruptive force on the line, make tackles."
To reach that goal Sentimore wants to get his feet faster.
"I'm working on improving my foot work. I've been doing a lot of running and working out at this place by my high school," he explained.
Sentimore was known for reeking havoc on the opposing quarterback.
"My biggest strength is my pass rushing ability," he stated. "I use my size and athleticism to get off the ball quick and go hard every play."
Sentimore continues to make good strides in the classroom as he works to improve his grades to obtain eligibility.
"They're going up," says Sentimore emphatically. He reports a score of 17 on the ACT and a 3.5 GPA.
There's a particular number Sentimore hopes to wear when he puts on his Crimson jersey. "I'm No. 97, always have been."
Sentimore was named to All-State, All-Metro, and All-District teams for his senior season.
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