Continuing the Alabama Crimson Tide’s tradition of finding and developing elite running backs, prized 2018 recruit Dameon Pierce gave the defending national champions an early commitment.
Tim Watts of 247Sports and Drew Champlin of AL.com confirmed that Pierce verbally committed to Alabama on Friday.
Even though Pierce is two years away from college, he’s already regarded as one of the nation’s best prospects for 2018.
Per 247Sports, he is rated as a 4-star recruit. He’s the No. 7 running back, the No. 7 player from the state of Georgia and the No. 66 overall talent. He changed his Twitter bio, calling himself a “4(-star) Bama commit.”
The scouting report at Scout.com makes Pierce sound like the perfect Alabama running back to follow T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry:
Pierce is a force in the offensive backfield. He is a very strong, powerful running back with deceptive speed. He is more quick than he is fast and he flashes those quick, subtle moves to make defenders miss while moving the pile forward. He is a force when running downhill and he breaks tackles, gets yards after contact, and falls forward when finishing the run.
Hank South of 247Sports noted that Pierce’s commitment jumps Alabama up to No. 8 in the 2018 recruiting rankings with a class that already includes tight end Malcolm Epps.
There have been flaws in some Alabama teams in the years since Nick Saban took over, but two things are certain: The Crimson Tide will run the ball and play elite defense.
Pierce doesn’t arrive on campus for two years, but his early commitment ensures that Alabama will be loaded in the backfield for a long time to come and continue to make life miserable for the rest of the SEC.
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