Alabama received a very special gift on Christmas Day.
Aaron Sterling, a 3-star defensive end from Stephenson High School (Stone Mountian, Ga.), committed to Alabama.
“Aaron had been thinking about committing to Alabama for a while,” Stephenson assistant Corey Johnson told SEC Country. “We spoke, and he called (the Alabama assistant who recruits this area). I think he’s supposed to talk with Coach Saban later today (on Christmas). I think Coach Saban was with family and stuff.”
The commitment will not become official until Sterling speaks with Nick Saban.
Why Alabama? “Because of the tradition, the winning, and all the things that makes Alabama a great program,” Johnson said. “There’s also the academic side of it. In my opinion, I think he made a pretty good choice with Alabama.”
The 6-foot-1, 270-pounder becomes Alabama’s No. 9 commitment in the class of 2017. The Crimson Tide are ranked No. 2 in the team rankings for next year’s recruiting class.
As a junior, Sterling reportedly had 24 sacks and around 40 tackles for loss, according to his coach.
Sterling is rated as the nation’s No. 20 strongside defensive end and No. 55 overall prospect in Georgia.