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Alabama landed a huge commitment on Wednesday with Saivion Smith, the best junior college cornerback in the nation.
“I just committed to Alabama. This was a no-brainer for me,” Smith said. “I’ve been leaning there the whole time. I wanna compete for a national championship and win. I know that Alabama does that as well as anyone and I just want to be around great players and coaches.
“The thing I love about Alabama is that it will make me a better player and person. Not just as a football player but there are a lot of great people there and a support system. It has everything.”
Smith originally played for LSU before transferring to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. In committing to Alabama, Smith leaves behind Auburn, Mississippi State, and South Carolina among others. One big convincing action taken by Alabama was defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley stopping by to visit Smith on Tuesday.
“Coach Ansley is great. He was my guy there. He’s just so down to earth and we can talk about anything. He told me to come in compete and everything else will work itself out and that’s what I’m going to do,” Smith said. ” I”m excited to be playing for him. He’s already helping me get ready for next year and I know he knows what he’s talking about. I’m really excited to be playing for him.
“I also love that Coach Saban will be working with me. He’s a defensive back guy and I think he’s a great coach. The best in college football. I couldn’t pass up this opportunity.”
Not only is the 6-foot-1, 175-pound player the top-rated junior college corner in the nation, but he’s also the No. 4 overall college player.
After enrolling at Alabama in January, the player will have three years to play out two remaining seasons of eligibility.