An offer, a visit and even a strong verbal commitment is what the National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide had from Wide Receiver Casey Gladney before National Signing Day.
But when it came to inking his name to a National Letter of Intent, the paper he signed didn't have a cursive A for Alabama on it, but rather a different symbol – the Double T for Texas Tech.
To the surprise of many, Gladney flipped, like some players do on National Signing Day, and chose to wear the Red and Black and play for Tommy Tuberville instead of Nick Saban.
Alabama was not the only school interested in the 4-star player as Cincinnati, Kentucky and Tennessee all made him offers as well, but he never visited their campuses, or showed interest like he did in Alabama.
Gladney, a native of Columbia, South Carolina, comes to the Lone Star state measuring in at 6 foot 1 and 177 pounds and can run the 40-yard dash in 4.45 seconds.
With his speed and agility there is no question on why he was a 4-star recruit entering the 2012 signing period, making him a hot commodity for any team.
In his senior season at Columbia, Gladney played a bunch of different roles, but the one he was best at was wide receiver.
In 12 games this past season; Gladney according to MaxPreps.com reeled in 63 catches for a whopping 1,291 yards bring his average to 20.49 yards per catch. Along with the receiving yards he trotted into the end zone 19 times.
With those numbers he posted, Gladney was the top rated wide receiver in the state and 173rd nationally.
Gladney will be a much-needed addition to the corps of wide receivers here at Texas Tech.