Despite the amazing 2017 recruiting class the Alabama staff has been amassing, there was some concern among Tide fans that there were not enough defensive linemen to replace those who will soon be departing for the NFL. Nick Saban took a step towards curing that problem with the commitment of the nation's #1 Juco DL Isaiah Buggs.
God is Good pic.twitter.com/jN79eFIeo8— Isaiah Buggs (@BigPooh_91) December 13, 2016
The Ruston, Louisiana native played this past season at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, where he collected 75 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks and broke up two passes to earn All-MACJC South Division honors. He led the Bulldogs in tackling this season from his defensive end position.
Buggs stands a massive 6'5" and 290 lbs. He grew an inch or two and put on 70 pounds since high school. He has excellent body control and balance, and excels at disengaging blockers and closing on the football.
"I really feel like Buggs is a great scheme fit for Alabama," Scout National Recruiting Analyst Greg Powers said Tuesday. "He is a guy who can play outside in and that will be something that he will do often in the Crimson Tide defensive front. He would compare favorably to a player like A'Shawn Robinson and is clearly one of the top guys on the junior college scene. He always plays with the high motor and I think that is a key to his game."
Buggs should contribute right away. The rising junior has two years of eligibility remaining. He chose Alabama over LSU who was recruiting him really hard, and Auburn. An official visit to Alabama over the weekend help convince the big man.