D.J. Pettway, Jabriel Washington, Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix and LaMichael Fanning choose Bama
By MICHAEL CASAGRANDE
Special to the Ledger-Enquirer
The one long recruiting pitch that is Alabama’s A-Day is already yielding results.
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Since Saturday, the Crimson Tide have received commitments from four football players and one basketball player most of whom were reportedly in Tuscaloosa for the festivities.
Defensive end D.J. Pettway became the fourth to give Nick Saban his word during a Monday morning conversation, the Pensacola News Journal reported. He joins cornerback Jabriel Washington, who committed Sunday, and defensive back Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix and defensive end LaMichael Fanning who both made pledges Saturday according to multiple reports.
With Pettway, Alabama mined the same Pensacola community that gave it Trent Richardson and Mike Johnson. Rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com, Pettway told his hometown paper that he grew up a Tide fan so it wasn’t too hard to decide from the more than 30 scholarship offers he received.
Washington plays quarterback, receiver and defensive back at Trinity Christian Academy in Jackson, Tenn. The 5-11, 165-pounder picked up four stars from Scout. The weekend trip to A-Day, he told the Jackson Sun, blew him away.
Clinton-Dix, rated a five-star prospect by Scout who also ranked him the No. 1 safety, could give Alabama much needed depth in the defensive backfield right away.
Fanning will come to Tuscaloosa from the backyard of the Tide’s biggest rival. The four-star defensive end from Auburn High School went with Alabama over the hometown Tigers who recruited him, as did several other SEC powers.
The last four commitments bring Alabama’s unofficial class of 2011 to 11. The commitments are non-binding until prospects sign letters of intent in February.
To top off the weekend, junior college basketball player Kendall Durant reportedly committed to play for Anthony Grant’s Tide basketball program. The cousin of NBA star Kevin Durant originally signed with Virginia Tech two years ago after being recruited by Grant while still with Virginia Commonwealth.
Durant, a guard, can sign a letter of intent any day since the spring period for basketball players runs through May 19. He’d join fall signees Trevor Releford, a point guard and shooting guard Charles Hankerson.