The Tide is rolling right now with commitments, coming off their spring game weekend. The latest is from a big time defensive prospect from the Sunshine State, as just a few minutes ago, Pensacola, Fla. defensive lineman D.J. Pettway made it official and committed to Alabama.
â€œYeah, I did it earlier today,â€ Pettway said. â€œI committed around 11:40 (central). I called coach (Nick) Saban and he was very happy about it. Heâ€™s glad the process is over for me and ready for us to move on.â€
While Pettway is happy with his decision it didnâ€™t come easy for him.
â€œNo it wasnâ€™t. Florida State made a late run. It was tough and a hard decision. But I came home from Alabama this weekend and talked about everything with my mom and dad. In the end I just realized Alabama was the best place for me. The distance is nice and I love that hometown feeling I get there. Alabama has a real good staff and that team plays together. They are a big family.â€
Pettway, 6-3 and 255 pounds, will be one of the top rated defensive end prospects from the state of Florida. He finished his junior season with 85 tackles, 25 tackles for a loss and 16 sacks.