Alabama picks up 5 commits after A-Day scrimmage

Anniston StarApril 19, 2014 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- While Alabama's play on the field during A-Day wasn't stellar, the Crimson Tide cleaned up in recruiting following Saturday's scrimmage.

In a span of two hours, the Tide received five verbal pledges from a few highly ranked prospects in the 2015 recruiting cycle, according to multiple reports.

It started with cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick from Jersey City (N.J.). At 6-foot-0, 193 pounds, A five-star prospect, Fitzpatrick is rated as the No. 2 cornerback in the 2015 class and No. 9 overall prospect by He is the nation's No. 4 cornerback and No. 30 overall prospect according to 247Sports Composite. Fitzpatrick was recruited for Alabama by Mario Cristobal.

Shortly after, four-star athlete Shawn Burgess-Becker announced his pledge to the Tide via Twitter. At 6-1, 185 pounds, Burgess-Becker is the nation's No. 7 athlete according to 247Sports Composite rankings. On Saturday, Burgess-Becker made his first trip to Tuscaloosa since the LSU game last November.

Alabama also picked up a pledge from Burgess-Becker's teammate Calvin Ridley. At 6-1, 189 pounds, Ridley is a five-star wide receiver and the No. 11 prospect in the 2015 cycle according to He totaled 1,131 yards and 12 touchdowns on 41 receptions in 2013. Ridley broke his commitment via Twitter as well.

Outside linebacker Leo Lewis, from Brookhaven, Miss., decided to roll with Alabama over Ole Miss and Auburn. At 6-3, 225 pounds, Lewis is ranked as the nation's No. 5 outside linebacker prospect by 247Sports Composite rankings.

But the Tide wasn't done as four-star wide receiver Jovon Durante flipped from West Virginia to Alabama, according to

At 6-foot-0, 183 pounds, Durante is the nation's No. 17 receiver according to 247Sports Composite rankings.

Alabama has won four consecutive recruiting title based on rankings and currently holds a sizeable margin over Penn State for the best class of 2015.

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