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Commit! Alabama Lands 2017 4-star DT Akial Byers

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The Tide went into enemy territory to pull a big DT from a division rival’s back yard.

NCAA Football: SEC Championship-Coaches Press Conference John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama lands commitment from Akial Byers, one of team's top DT targets

Fayetteville coach Benji Mahan told SEC Country that Byers has favored Alabama for several months now. Mahan shared what college assistants like about Byers' game.

"After watching the first three clips in his highlight, they usually say that's the type of player that they are looking for," Mahan said. "Most of them include his hips and his feet and say how quality they are. They say he's what they are looking for in a defensive lineman. The days have changed where teams are looking for 330-pound defensive linemen. They are looking for guys that can move and get off blocks and get after the ball carrier. He fits the mold."

Great news here as the Tide needs to add some additional depth along the DL. Byers, who stands 6-foot-4 and 275 pounds, becomes the first at the position to commit in the 2017 class. Roll Tide, Akial.