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Alonzo Lawrence Cleared By NCAA

In the best academic news to date, Tider Insider is reporting that the NCAA Clearinghouse has accepted and approved the most recent ACT score by Alonzo Lawrence. This was confirmed via a quote from Alabama assistant coach Kirby Smart, and furthermore it is stated that Lawrence will be in Tuscaloosa by this Sunday. Lawrence was at one time academically borderline after making approximately a 16 on a written version of the ACT, but later scored a 24 once he took the verbal version, and the dramatic increase in raw scores prompted a red-flag from the Clearinghouse. Thankfully, though, those worries have been resolved.

That is nothing short of huge news for the Crimson Tide. Alonzo Lawrence was one of the top players in the country -- a four star by both major recruiting services, and rated the number two cornerback in the country by Rivals -- and he grew to almost a legendary status at the high school level after completely shutting down both DeAndre Brown and Julio Jones as a senior. Nearly all, myself included, have speculated that Lawrence would start immediately if he qualified, and there is no reason to recant that statement now.

By enrolling for the first summer session, Lawrence will get two months in the S&C program before the start of Fall practice, and he will also get to participate in the pass skeleton drills this summer.

Great news for the Tide.