Patrick Surtain Jr. spurning LSU sent Tigers' message boards into a frenzy
- Author: Ryan Wade Feb 08, 2018,
Feb 08, 2018, 12:19
Tide coach Nick Saban said during the early signing period in December the team would try to sign a scholarship quarterback "if we can get somebody that we feel can be a positive in the organization", adding he would ideally like four scholarship quarterbacks on its roster.
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Still, the Tigers had nine defensive backs in the National Football League in 2017, including Super Bowl winning cornerback Jalen Mills with Philadelphia, to Alabama's seven. "We want guys who want to be at LSU". But Alabama has been more of a DBU on the field as it has outranked LSU in pass defensive efficiency over the last three consecutive seasons. Those are No. 5 safety Kelvin Joseph (6-0, 185), who is the No. 55 prospect in the nation out of Scotlandville High in Baton Rouge and the No. 3 prospect in Louisiana, and No. 12 wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (6-2, 185), who is the No. 67 prospect in the nation out of Rummel High in Metairie and the No. 4 prospect in the state.
LSU led for the entirety of Patrick Surtain Jr.'s recruitment, except when it mattered most. Wednesday's seventh-place finish also ended the Crimson Tide's seven-year run at No. 1 overall, dating back to a No. 4 overall ranking in 2010, the class immediately following Alabama's first national championship under Saban in 2009. Surtain picked the Crimson Tide over Clemson, LSU and Miami.
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The six-foot 180-pound corner is the fourth corner in Alabama's class and is the 15th member of the 2018 class. Surtain "has the pedigree, elite size at 6-foot-2, speed and ball skills", 247Sports director of scouting Barton Simmons wrote in early January. No", Saban said. "You know, we'd have taken another defensive lineman, we would have taken another offensive lineman, we got the right number of DBs, we got a punter. The bad news was preceded by the announcement of Missouri cornerback Mario Goodrich, who declared for Clemson at 7:30 a.m.
"I have Foster going to Florida State", Scarborough said. He visited Alabama, Texas A&M and Ole Miss last month.
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