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All it took was an offer, and tight end Dezmond Sherrod of Caledonia, Mississippi is on board with the Tide. <br><br>"I committed to Alabama this weekend on my official visit," Sherrod told <I></I> in a phone conversation earlier today.

Dezmond Sherrod (6-4, 225, 4.75) is the classic receiving tight end, perfectly suited to the Tide's new pass-first offensive attack. Sherrod had been on the Alabama recruiting board for several months, but was not a priority with the previous staff. However, that changed when new Tide Head Coach Mike Price hired Sparky Woods to coach tight ends.

Having recruited Sherrod for Mississippi State, Woods quickly moved the tall tight end to the top of his list. All the coaches were waiting on was to meet him in person, and Sunday morning Sherrod had his official offer. "Coach Price said he liked my size, my speed," Sherrod said. "He thought my hands could really help the offense."

Given offensive coordinator Eric Price's NFL background, Sherrod figured wearing a New York Jets jersey couldn't hurt his chances.

Adding an athletic tight end, proficient in catching the football, was a priority for this year's recruiting class, and Sherrod also fits the important criterion of being fully eligible. A straight-A student in high school, he has scored 21 on the ACT. "I like Tuscaloosa, the surrounding area, the university, the coaches, and the academics," Sherrod said.

Sherrod toured campus Saturday, sporting a New York Jets jersey, in honor of Alabama's new offensive coordinator, Eric Price, who coached the past two seasons for the Jets. "Coach Price said he and his son really like the Jets," Sherrod explained laughing.

"I had heard that one if his sons coached with the Jets, so I thought it wouldn't hurt my chances at that scholarship."

A two time All District selection in 2002 and 2001, the Mississippi native missed three games this past season with a high ankle sprain. Plus, his production was limited due to his team having a first-year quarterback. So as a senior, Sherrod caught just 12 passes for 186 yards (15.5 yards per catch) and five touchdowns. The previous season as a junior he totaled 24 receptions for 479 yards (19.9 yards per catch and five TDs.

Sherrod tripped to Mississippi State and Ole Miss before committing to Alabama on his final official visit. "I chose Alabama over Ole Miss, Mississippi State, West Virginia, and Marshall," he said.

Ranked as the No. 22 prospect in the state of Mississippi by, Sherrod knows all about the Crimson Tide. "I love the Alabama tradition," he said. "Alabama is exactly what I am looking for in a school."

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