Missississippi State was thought to be the eventual landing spot for Scott Lashley, but over the past few weeks, Alabama put a dent in the Bulldogs’ lead.
Because of the Crimson Tide’s late push, Lashley, a four-star offensive tackle from West Point (Miss.) High School, committed to Alabama over Mississippi State and LSU during a ceremony at his high school.
Crimson Tide offensive line coach Mario Cristobal made several trips to visit Lashley over the past several weeks to gain his commitment. Even though Lashley de-committed from Mississippi State back in May, Starkville, Miss., was thought to be his eventual landing spot because of so many trips he made to the Bulldogs’ campus.
The 6-foot-6, 300-pounder helped his school’s team rush for 317 yards per game, according to the Clarion Ledger.
Lashley is rated as the nation’s No. 18 offensive tackle and the No. 8 prospect in the state of Mississippi, per the 247Sports composite.
He becomes the second player from the state to commit to the Crimson Tide in as many days. Four-star cornerback Nigel Knott committed to Alabama over Mississippi State and Ole Miss Monday. Stealing away a prospect from the Magnolia state is no easy feat, so credit needs to go to Cristobal for securing Lashley’s commitment.
Alabama now has 18 commitments in this year’s class. The Tide are currently ranked fourth in the nation.