This news is coming late tonight, but it's good news. While most of us are waiting to see if Bama will land someone (Devonta Pollard) for their 2012 class, the 2013 class received a bump tonight with the news that Jimmie Taylor - a 6'10, 210 lb center from Greensboro and currently a top 25 nationally ranked recruit - has verbally committed to Alabama. Taylor becomes the second verbal commitment in the 2013 class, joining Shannon Hale.
Taylor chose Alabama over the likes of Georgetown, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. As a junior, Taylor earned 1st team All-State honors at the 3A level. The best part of Taylor's game at this stage is his rebounding and shot-blocking ability( he averaged 7 rebounds and 5 blocked shots per game last season to go along with a 9 point scoring average). He's described as very athletic and most recruiting services list him in the four-star range. There's a ton of upside with this kid and he has a chance to be a great player. This is a really nice commitment for the program. And it's always a good thing to reel in the best players in the state.
The late-signing period for the 2012 class ends on May 16th so hopefully there will be more recruiting news in the days ahead.