Alabama landed one of its main targets on Monday as four-star cornerback Nigel Knott committed to the Crimson Tide on his birthday.
Knott is the seventh-best cornerback prospect in the country, according to 247Sports Composite rankings. He is considered by many recruiting analysts to be a raw prospect with an extremely ceiling.
Knott, from Germantown High in Madison, Miss., picked Alabama over Florida State, Oregon, Ole Miss and Tennessee in a Bleacher Report video.
"Some people didn't think I could make it back, but I'm not here for those people," Knott said in the video in reference to a knee injury he suffered before his senior season.
Knott is listed at 5-foot-11, 175 pounds, but reportedly runs a 4.38 40-yard dash.
Knott joins a somewhat crowded defensive backfield that will have a spot open this fall.
With Cyrus Jones moving on, the Tide must find a cornerback to hold down the side opposite Marlon Humphrey, who'll be a redshirt sophomore in the fall.
Kendall Sheffield, a five-star prospect in the Tide's 2015 class who redshirted last season, is expected to make a strong push for a starting position. There's also the possibility of Minkah Fitzpatrick, who started a star, moving to cornerback full time.
Veterans like Anthony Averett and Maurice Smith could also push for playing time.
Including the seven January enrollees, the addition of Knott gave Alabama its 17th commitment of the 2016 cycle. It also moved Alabama up in the rankings. 247Sports bumped the Tide from No. 7 to No. 5 after Knott's announcement.
Alabama has had the top-rated recruiting class for the
past five seasons, according to 247Sports Composite rankings. With a strong close, the Tide could find itself back atop the rankings.
National Signing Day is Wednesday.
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