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Alabama Crimson Tide lands two top in-state commitments for 2017

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That makes 12 new commitments since the first week of June.

A pair of recruits from Madison, Alabama, offensive tackle Kendall Randolph and defensive back Kyriq McDonald, both committed to play for Alabama via this joint video:

Randolph, a 6'5" 290 tackle from Bob Jones High School is the younger brother of former Tide basketball player, Levi Randolph. He's a 4-star player, and is rated 9th overall in the state. If he inherited the outstanding leadership qualities that his older brother displayed here and can combine that with his perfect frame and natural strength, Randolph could develop into a quality starter down the line.

McDonald, though from the same city, plays for the much younger school, James Clemens. At 5'11" 190, he's a bit small for an Alabama defensive back, but what he lacks in size, he makes up for in fire. He's a ball-hawking, play-making force in the defensive backfield, as he displays incredible field awareness and instincts to always be around the ball. He plays in a safety/nickel corner hybrid role, and also excels at many different facets of special teams.McDonald is a three star player, and rated as the 29th best player in the state of Alabama. However, I see him as a candidate to rise up the ranks tremendously as this upcoming season progresses.

With these two, Alabama is now up to 20 commits for 2017 already-- bumping the Tide to the #2 rated class in the nation. McDonald is the second defensive back commit (or third, if athlete Chadarius Townsend ends up playing defense, rather than receiver), while Randolph is the fourth offensive lineman in the class.