Oct 22, 2011; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide mascot Big Al carries a flag after a touchdown against the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama Football Recruiting: Keith Holcombe Flips to Crimson Tide

The Alabama Crimson Tide are hot on the recruiting trail right now, and they picked up a surprise recruit on Tuesday afternoon as 2014 linebacker Keith Holcombe changed his commitment from Mississippi State to Alabama.

Holcombe, a Tuscaloosa, AL native, was committed to Mississippi State for just 11 days after he chose the Bulldogs back on July 19. Yet, much like many high school players in Holcombe’s unique situation, they decide to follow in their father’s footsteps just like he did. Holcombe’s father, Danny, lettered at center and guard for the Crimson Tide from 1980-82.

The 6-3, 210 pound outside linebacker is rated as a three-star commitment, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, and is also rated as the No. 33 overall outside linebacker in the nation. He is commitment No. 17 overall for the Crimson Tide and is just the second outside linebacker to pledge to Alabama in the 2014 class.

Holcombe is an interesting prospect because there are many people out there who feel that he is too small to play linebacker, but is too big to play the safety position. I feel like Holcombe fits in well with Head Coach Nick Saban and Defensive Coordinator Kirby Smart’s 3-4 defensive scheme. Holcombe has the athleticism, tackling ability and frame to be a pass rusher off the edge while still being able to pass drop and play in space on passing downs.

Alabama still holds on to their commanding lead as the No. 1 overall for 2014, according to 247Sports, despite having the second-fewest number of commitments of teams in the top five. Holcombe becomes the sixth three-star player for the Crimson Tide’s class of 2014 which also includes 10 four-star and one five-star player.

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