Devall Discusses Bama

Alabama and LSU continue to wage epic recruiting battles in the Bayou State, and the Crimson Tide landed a big fish last week when Bastrop four-star prospect Denzel Devall committed to head coach Nick Saban following an in-home visit.

"I had my mind made up (in favor of Alabama) after I left Texas A&M on an official visit," said Denzel Devall. "I knew I wanted to go to Bama but didn't want to pull the trigger until after the season.

"Coach Saban came to the house and broke bread; I committed and he was very happy. He couldn't stop smiling. Coach Saban said he would make me into a great person and a great player, and he'll be there for me.

"He refreshed some things that we had already talked about: What Alabama has to offer and where I'd fit into their system. Out of all the linebackers they have committed, he said I'm the most mature - with a chance to come in and play early."

Saban was a hit with Devall's parents.

"They love him," said Devall. "He's my mom's favorite coach and my dad respects his morals and the way he goes about things. I have a great relationship with Alabama's staff, but it was the same way with A&M."

According to Devall, the Aggies were eliminated once they fired Coach (Mike) Sherman.

"If you would have seen my dad and Coach Sherman clowning around and going at it, you would think they'd been friends for a long time," he explained.

The nation's 27th-ranked defensive end, Devall lined up at that position, both inside and outside linebacker, and tight end during his prep career at Class 4A Bastrop.

The 6-foot-2, 240-pounder likes the Louisiana ties that exist at Alabama.

"Coach (Burton) Burns is from New Orleans," said Devall, who looks forward to playing defense under Coach (Sal) Sunseri. "I talk to Bradley Sylve (South Plaquemines) and Kenny Bell (Rayville). Bradley would pick me up from the airport when I visited and stop by Kenny's dorm room."

Does Devall have a message for Alabama fans?

"I'm just coming to ball out," he said. "I'm all about championships."

Devall says he visited Tuscaloosa "five or six times over the past four years." He will take his official visit "the weekend after the national championship game," which, of course, pits the No. 2 Crimson Tide vs. No. 1 LSU.

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