Five-star Pollard commits to Alabama

The Alabama Crimson Tide landed a key late commitment with the news that Devonta Pollard will make his way to campus.

The final five-star prospect in the 2012 class finally made his decision on Friday. Devonta Pollard -- the No. 25 overall player in the class -- announced he will play for Alabama. Pollard, a combo forward from De Kalb (Miss.) Kemper County, opted to stay close to home.
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In an age filled with many interviews and a lot of hype, Pollard stayed away from that almost entirely. The small town native shied away from the spotlight, and was determined to do the recruiting process his way, and that meant taking his time.

Over the course of his recruitment, Pollard ended up getting offers from the likes of Texas, Alabama, Mississippi State, Missouri, Kentucky, LSU, and Georgetown, among others.

Family was always important to Pollard, who said his mother would be moving with him to whichever school he chose, and now she won't have far to go.

At Alabama, Pollard will play for Anthony Grant, who will be starting his fourth season as Crimson Tide head coach.

At 6-foot-7 and roughly 200 pounds, Pollard combines solid skill with athleticism, making him one of the tougher kids to guard in the class. He can play either small forward or power forward, and he probably will be asked to play both in his time at Tuscaloosa.

Ranked as the No. 5 small forward in the class, Pollard is the first commitment for the Crimson Tide in 2012 and will be asked to come in and play immediately given some of the roster turnover that took place. Alabama already has two four-star players committed in the 2013 class.

Alabama went 21-12 last season and lost to Creighton in the second round of the NCAA tournament, its first appearance in the Big Dance since 2006.

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