Alabama picked up commitment No. 16 today in the form of highly coveted linebacker Trey DePriest of Springfield, Ohio.
The 6-foot-2, 230 pound DePriest committed to Alabama over local favorite Ohio State moments ago at a restaurant near his home. Rivals has DePriest as a four-star prospect on its five-star scale and the nation’s sixth-best linebacker. Scout has him as a five-star and the nation’s third-best linebacker.
He becomes the fourth linebacker commitment to Alabama’s expected 2011 signing class, joining Shannon Brown of Georgia and in-state prospects Brent Calloway of Russellville and Vinnie Sunseri of Tuscaloosa.
Vinnie’s father Sal, Alabama’s outside linebackers coach, played a prominent role in prying DePriest from the Buckeyes.
“The initial thought was that he was going to go to Ohio State, because he’s extremely close to mom and grandma and grandpa here in town,” Springfield High coach Rick Robertson said. “But they’ve been great, because from the get-go they said, ‘Trey, don’t worry about us. You do what’s best for you.’ That’s given him some flexibility to look at different places. I know he’s hit it off with Coach (Sal) Sunseri. I can’t deny that. When he has an opportunity to talk to Sal, comparing his body language and demeanor when he talks to other coaches, it’s night and day.”