There won’t be a last-minute change of heart for 4-star Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs. The school announced that he has faxed in his national letter of intent to play football for the University of Alabama.
Buggs committed to Alabama over LSU, the longtime favorite in his recruitment, on Tuesday. The Louisiana native took an official visit to Alabama this past weekend and it ultimately made his decision easier to choose the Crimson Tide because heading into the trip, Alabama was viewed as the favorite.
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.
Now, Saban has one of his top defensive line targets officially on board in the Class of 2017. Buggs has two years of eligibility remaining and will enroll in school on Jan. 8. Expect Buggs to make an immediate impact for Alabama as he can play any position on the defensive line.
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