Patrick Surtain Jr. picks Alabama on national signing day
- Sandy Mccarthy
Georgia flipped four-star linebacker Quay Walker from his Alabama commitment to the Bulldogs on National Signing Day.
Defensive back Patrick Surtain Jr., the No. 5 overall recruit on the ESPN 300, surprised many Wednesday when he committed to the Alabama Crimson Tide on national signing day. That is a big need for Georgia in this class and that is why the Bulldogs went after Walker so hard until the final minute. He first picked up the Tennessee hat, then tossed it aside. The uninitiated might have thought Walker would then reaffirm his Bama commitment, but - plot twist! - he then revealed a Georgia shirt. In the 247Sports Composite, Walker is rated 4-stars. Tackle Cade Mays, defensive end Brenton Cox, guard Trey Hill, guard Jamaree Salyer, cornerback Tyson Campbell, linebacker Adam Anderson, running back James Cook and tight end Luke Ford join Walker as top-three overall players at their position. Alabama wanted him, Auburn did as well and Florida had hoped to get Walker on campus, but this one really came down to Smart vs. Pruitt, so the Vols will have a hard time swallowing this pill knowing just how close they were to having the linebacker in Knoxville.
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This class ends Alabama's seven-year stretch of top-ranked recruiting classes, which began in 2011 after the Tide finished fourth nationally in 2010. This recruiting class for Georgia also is the best in program history.