Alabama gains two commits, loses one during all-star week


Alabama landed–or in one case ‘re-landed’–two great defensive backs, but also said goodbye to a four-star linebacker during all-star week.

That’s how it goes this time of the year.

The additions were Tony Brown, once thought to be a heavy-duty LSU lean, and the familiar face was Laurence ‘Hootie’ Jones, who committed to the Crimson Tide in early December, then stepped back from the pledge, and then pledged once again. The subtraction was linebacker Zach Whitley, a Texas native who was swayed to UCLA’s camp.

With Brown and Jones, the Crimson Tide put a serious hurtin’ into the LSU class. Jones is a Louisiana native, and Texas native Brown’s sister competes in track and field for the Tigers. Brown is one of the fastest cornerbacks in the nation, while Jones is known as one of the elite sized safeties in the nation. Both will continue to ply their trades under head coach Nick Saban–who is well known for his ability to develop defensive backs. The long line of talent at the position continues, and they aren’t the only ones coming in with this class. Brown will enroll early, as will Jones.

Whitley is also an early enrollee, and had been rumored to be looking around for several weeks. Texas A&M was one potential landing spot, but the Aggies’ class is quickly filling up.


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