Emil Ekiyor flipped his commitment from Michigan to Alabama back in October.
“It just came down to my connection with the coaching staff at Alabama,” Ekiyor told SEC Country at the time. “On my last couple of visits there, I just got really comfortable with them. Also, the reputation of greatness that they have and playing for arguably one of the greatest coaches of all time.”
He took an official visit to Alabama for the Sept. 30 Ole Miss game, where things started to look very serious in terms of a flip. SEC Country was alerted at the time by sources close to the program that flipping Ekiyor was more likely than not going to happen. On Wednesday, he signed with the Crimson Tide on the first day of the early signing period.
Here’s all you need to know about Ekiyor:
4-star center Emil Ekiyor
247Sports composite ranking: No. 2 center, No. 1 prospect in Indiana and No. 100 overall
Weight: 322 pounds
Offers: 34, including Michigan, Florida, Auburn, Florida State, LSU and Oklahoma
Commitment: Oct. 29, 2017
Early enrollee: No
Where he fits at Alabama: With Bradley Bozeman, Alabama’s starting center, leaving after this season, there will be a chance for Ekiyor to make an immediate impact on the offensive line as a freshman. The Tide signed Hunter Brannon in the 2017 class as a center. The team could also decide to reshuffle the current offensive line. I know there was some talk to make Jonah Williams a center before Brian Daboll became the offensive coordinator, so maybe the team decides to do that. But when Ekiyor enrolls this summer, I expect he’ll be in the mix to be Bozeman’s replacement.
What we’ve written about Emil Ekiyor
- Ekiyor explains why he flipped from Michigan to Alabama
- Ekiyor said this past summer that Alabama was pretty much the only school he was still considering