Receiver Tyler Simmons commits to Crimson Tide's Class of 2016 (via Crimson Magazine) Featured

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Nick Saban's No. 2 Alabama football team is only nine days away from battling Dabo Swinney's No. 1 Clemson Tigers in Glendale, Arizona for the Crimson Tide's 16th national championship.
But Saban and his staff continue to collect possible pieces for future Alabama championship runs.

On Saturday, Alabama's Class of 2016 gained another big commitment in the form of a highly-coveted pass catching target from Georgia.

Tyler Simmons, a three-star receiving prospect from McEachern High School in Powder Springs, announced his intention to continue his academic pursuits and football career with the Crimson Tide.

The 5-11, 194-pound Simmons ultimately chose Alabama over schools such as California and Texas A&M, and even home-state programs such as Georgia and Georgia Tech.
He is considered one of the elite prospects in Georgia, especially in regard to his speed, and Simmons has been recruited primarily by veteran Alabama assistant coach Bobby Williams and UA receivers coach Billy Napier. He is a four-star prospect according to

Simmons, though, also received a home visit via helicopter from Saban himself last month.
The standout receiver, though, had apparently made his decision regarding Alabama as early as October, but did not announce it publicly. He received over 20 offers overall.
He is ranked as the No. 63 receiver in the country according to 247Sports, as well as the No. 377 overall player nationally.
Alabama's Class of 2016 is now ranked No. 4 in the country according to that same recruiting evaluation service.

That class currently has 19 commitments.

Simmons is set to make an official visit to the UA campus the week of January 22.

Courtesy of Crimson Magazine


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Stan J Griffin

I am a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where I currently reside and work. I am doing regular sports and feature writing for the Tuscaloosa-based Druid City Living and also am the Alabama beat writer for Crimson Magazine. I am a 1993 graduate of the University of Alabama, where I wrote for The Crimson White. I have an extensive background in newspaper journalism, having served as a sports editor and reporter for the Delta Democrat Times, St. Clair News-Aegis, Andalusia Star-News and the St. Clair County News.

I also have my own sports blog site, The Sports Connection, which I partner on with a friend of mine, and we began this site in November of 2012. I write blog on a variety of sports subject, and have also had guest contributors write their own blogs for the site. I have interviewed prominent sports figures for the site, including Paul Finebaum of the new SEC Network.


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