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Recruiting Notes: Several Tide Commits Speak Around All-American Games

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Saban looks to continue to lap the field in bringing in yet another top-ranked class.

Four-star safety Xavier McKinney
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Lots of great recruiting updates out there this morning:

Team Armour beat Team Highlight 24-21 on Sunday in the Under Armour All-America Game in Orlando, Fla.

Several Alabama commits and targets participated. Here's how they performed, and what their recruiting status is

Five-star Dylan Moses was the main standout here, setting a UA game record with ten tackles and adding a pass break-up. He is well on his way to becoming the next in a line of great Alabama linebackers.

So what happened and how did Alabama swoop in to land his commitment? McKinney told SEC Country shortly after announcing his commitment on ESPN at the Under Armour All-America Game that his decision was made a few days ago.

“It was definitely a tough decision,” McKinney said. “Clemson was leading for a couple of times. I kept switching. It was a hard process, of course, but I ended up figuring it out a couple of days ago. It came down to the wire.”

This was a huge get for a class in need of safety help. Hootie Jones will be a senior next year while both Minkah Fitzpatrick and Ronnie Harrison will be draft-eligible juniors.

Harris will play in the game on Saturday at noon. NBC will televise. AL.com will be on hand in San Antonio from Tuesday through Thursday.

"I'm still committed to Alabama, but I will know for sure by Saturday where I'm going to go," Harris told Scout. "I'm not going to announce anything during the game or anything like that. I'll just know where for sure I'm going. I know I'm going from San Antonio to college."

Alabama will have a new offensive coordinator in a few weeks when Steve Sarkisian takes the reigns for Lane Kiffin.

“It started off when he offered me,” Tagovailoa said of Sarkisian. “I believe he was the first head coach when he was at USC to offer me. Our relationship started there. For a kid from Hawaii, who wouldn’t want to go to USC? USC is the Alabama of the Pac-12.”

Not particularly thrilled to see Najee acknowledge that he still has some doubt, but he says he is committed to Alabama. Tua has maintained that he believes that Najee sticks with the Tide. Hope for the best there. Bringing on Sarkisian seems to have solidified Tua’s commitment even more.

Defensive end Jarez Parks (Sebastian River, Fla.) said Alabama still has 'an edge.'

"You could say so," Parks said at the U.S. Army All-American check-in. "I've been there a couple of times. They are very good when it comes down to communicating. They do the best when it comes down to keeping a good name. I'm on the phone with them a lot."

“No doubt about it,” Solomon told BamaOnLine when asked if Alabama was his leader. “They stand by themselves right now. Huge lead”

Solomon talked about that trip to Tuscaloosa for the Iron Bowl.

“It was a great experience to see one of the biggest rivalries in all of college football,” he said. “The atmosphere is unreal.”

Defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley and defensive line coach Karl Dunbar are in frequent contact with the one-time Michigan commit.

Defensive line is another position of need, and both of these guys are important targets. Solomon is the bigger prospect, both literally and figuratively, while Parks is one of the top edge rushers in the class.

Roll Tide.