Comfort key in Burgess-Becker's choice

It was a huge day in Alabama recruiting, especially when it comes to the Tide tapping in to South Florida talent. Four-star safety Shawn Burgess-Becker wasn't expecting to commit so soon, but he just couldn't wait any longer. Get the latest from the Coconut Creek (Fla.) Monarch standout here.

The hometown Miami Hurricanes and the Tide had been the top two for Shawn Burgess-Becker for awhile, but the Tide pulled ahead in the race earlier this week. Saturday, the four-star safety decided he couldn't wait any longer to commit to Alabama.

"I really wasn't expecting (to commit), but as I watched the spring game and then I sat down and talked to my parents about it, I just made the decision then and there," he said.

"I just felt really, really comfortable with the team, that's why I made the decision."

Alabama was the first to offer the Coconut Creek (Fla.) Monarch standout when he first came onto the recruiting scene last year. That early love made an impression on the South Florida standout.

"Once I saw they pulled the trigger first to offer me, that really just let me know something. It let me know how much I meant to the team. That's why I had them in my top five and as my leader, then I made the decision," he said.

Once Burgess-Becker made up his mind, he let all the coaches, including head coach Nick Saban know.

"He was just really happy, he was proud. I could just say it probably made his day," Burgess-Becker laughed.

He also talked with his fellow four-star Monarch teammate, Calvin Ridley, who committed to Alabama too. The two decided awhile ago they would be a package deal.

"I talked with Calvin too and told him I was going to commit and he was like, ‘alright, I want to commit here too.' So we both made the decision we were going to commit today and just look forward and work hard to get us to the school we want to be," he said.

Burgess-Becker had almost committed a couple of times earlier this year, but continued to hold back and wait. Finally being committed is a weight off his shoulders. Plenty of schools will continue to pursue the 6-foot-2, 190-pound athlete throughout this year, and he'll likely take his visits in the fall.

"I'm going to take all my visits, but I'm committed to Alabama. Now I can really focus now that this is out of the way," he said.

"I'm pretty excited about it. I'm just excited that I feel like I made the right decision for myself."

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