WACO, Texas — Kedrick James’ recruitment is over. He will be attending the University of Alabama this coming summer despite several college football programs hoping to change his mind.
James, a 3-star tight end from La Vega High School, told SEC Country during a Facebook Live video that Oklahoma State, TCU, Tulsa and SMU are hoping to flip his commitment away from Alabama. It’s not happening though.
“I’m fully committed. I’m not taking any visits. The only visit I’m going (on) is to Alabama,” James said. “When I verbally committed to Baylor, I wasn’t planning on de-committing. But seeing how the players were getting put on the news for the wrong things and getting in trouble, it may be reconsider (my commitment). I did not want to surround myself around that atmosphere for 4 years and have it take a toll on you.
“When I went down to Alabama, I saw all of the players have very good character. Everybody buys into the program.”
The 6-foot-5, 245-pound prospect said Arkansas finished second behind Alabama. His mother, Vene Baggett, said Alabama and Arkansas were the two schools that considered James’ Christian faith. Both programs told him and Baggett that if going to church is a big part of his life now, they’ll make sure he goes when he gets to college.
James said besides that fact, there were several other factors for why he ended up choosing the Crimson Tide.
“The reason I committed to Alabama — there’s a lot of them. Seeing the success that Nick Saban has had on the field winning national championships, I’ve dreamed about winning a national championship. Seeing his leadership and the role that he has on the team and how the team respects what he’s trying to do, everyone buys into the program.”
Make sure you watch the Facebook video below to get more from James and hear what he’s looking forward to when he sees Alabama play for the first time this weekend in Dallas.
This is the first story of SEC Country’s trip to Waco to visit James.
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Chris Kirschner covers Alabama football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Bryant-Denny.