Alabama has reportedly picked up a giant commitment from the nation’s No. 1 junior college defensive end Isaiah Buggs, he announced on Twitter.
Buggs, a 4-star prospect from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (Perkinston, Miss.), committed to Alabama over longtime favorite, LSU. The 6-foot-4, 290-pound prospect was considered a strong lean to LSU before this past weekend when he took his first trip to Tuscaloosa.
The Tide have always wanted Buggs in this class but getting him on campus had proved to be difficult until this past weekend. Buggs was originally expected to commit on Wednesday during a school ceremony, but it he decided to push up his commitment date one day.
“LSU, thank you for giving me the opportunity to play in my home state,” Buggs said on Twitter. “This decision was hard to make, but I will pursue my degree and compete for a national championship with the Alabama Crimson Tide. I just want everyone to understand how hard this decision was to make. Without having a complete coaching staff ready to roll, my family and I made the decision to sign with Alabama. Thanks for supporting my decision. Geaux Tigers.”
Things changed tremendously in his recruitment over the past two weeks. It started with Alabama defensive line coach Karl Dunbar visiting Buggs’ family on Dec. 1. Dunbar did not visit with Buggs because the prospect was in class, but he did take the time to talk with his mother. Four days after Dunbar’s visit, Nick Saban met with Buggs himself and laid out everything the recruit needed to hear. The momentum from those two coaches visits combined with the official visit this weekend was too much to overcome for any school not named Alabama.
SEC Country reported on Monday that it was likely Buggs was going to end up committing to Alabama this week after several sources said he was a “lock” for this class.
Buggs becomes the second defensive line commit in the Class of 2017 as he joins 4-star defensive tackle Akial Byers. Buggs will be an early enrollee and start his career at Alabama this January. He is expected to send over his papers to Alabama Tuesday afternoon. He will have two years of eligibility remaining when he gets to Alabama.
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