The Alabama Crimson Tide don’t need any more help on the recruiting trail with head coach Nick Saban’s presence, along with the trophy case teeming with National Championships.
Following the Champions Cookout that was hosted by the program on Friday, however, Saban and Co. scooped up a commit in the 2017 class in the form of three-star offensive lineman Hunter Brannon on Saturday.
The 6-foot-4, 270-pound Brannon wasn’t offered until Saturday after the cookout, but it was something that he felt was coming his way.
“I think (an offer is) going to happen,” Brannon told BamaOnLine on Friday night. “I think it’s right on the verge. Coach Key said if it was up to him, they would offer. They know that my heart is at Alabama and they’re right there knocking on the door. I just have to give it a little bit more time. I believe in my heart it’s going to happen.”
It did, and Brannon wasted zero time in offering up a verbal.
Hailing from Cullman, Alabama (Cullman), 247Sports labels Brannon as the No. 56 player in the state as well as the No. 156 lineman the 2017 class has to offer. He chose Alabama over Appalachian State, Jacksonville State, Central Arkansas, Southern Miss and Troy, five schools that offered him.
That gives the Crimson Tide 17 total commits in the latest recruiting cycle, good for No. 1 in the SEC. Alabama trails only the Ohio State Buckeyes for the top 2017 class.
Following a College Football Playoff Championship, Saban and Co. appear right on schedule.