As well as the Alabama Crimson Tide fare in rounding up top-tier high school commits, the program worked out of its comfort zone on Saturday. Head coach Nick Saban and the Tide earned a verbal from a junior college commit on Saturday, cornerback Jhavonte Dean.
The Brenham, Texas native played his ball at Blinn College and offered a verbal.
“It was pretty nice,” Dean said of Alabama to 247Sports. “It was basically what I expected. The campus was what I expected. I felt like they really wanted me. Coach (Nick) Saban said I’m a priority. He told me everything they do there and how Alabama puts guys in the league.”
Highly-sought at Blinn, Dean held eight commitments leading up to his pledge to Alabama: Miami, Florida, TCU, Utah, Oregon State, Cincinnati, Kentucky and UCF.
He’s the No. 1 JUCO cornerback in the class which comes equipped with a four-star rating. As a freshman, Dean posted 18 tackles and tacked on 12 pass breakups over the course of nine games.
At 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, Dean’s a burner, evident by his 4.3 40-yard dash. His recruitment process was overseen by both Jeremy Pruitt and Billy Napier.
This isn’t the first time during the current recruiting cycle that Alabama has picked up a commitment from a prized JUCO prospect. The program also landed four-star offensive lineman Elliot Baker (City College of San Francisco) in June as well as fellow four-star inside linebacker Gary Johnson (Dodge City Community College).
Dean makes it commitment No. 16 for Alabama, who added No. 17 shortly after with 2017 offensive tackle Hunter Brannon.