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Alabama Football Recruiting 2019: Alabama Flips Elite Offensive Lineman from Auburn and Passes Clemson for Top Recruiting Class

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Stolen right from the Tigers’ backyard

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Rumors have been circulating for a while now that Javion Cohen, a four-star tackle out of Phenix City, was being recruited heavily by Alabama despite being committed to the more local Auburn Tigers.

Cohen cited Nick Saban’s focus on teaching his players to be better student and person as well as an athlete as a major factor in his decision, and also mentioned that during his visit he stayed with Evan Neal, and the two stayed in and talked about football all night rather than going out like most other programs.

Cohen refuted reports that came out Wednesday that Auburn pulled his scholarship offer. According to Cohen, he decommitted from the Tigers on Sunday prior to announcing his plans to go to Alabama.

“They were upset and sent reports saying my offer was pulled,” Cohen said. “I have no respect for that university at all, and I’m sure the feeling is mutual.”

Basically, Auburn was saying “You can’t quit, we fire you!” to try and save a little face. Because making people from the Central-Phenix community is such a great idea for them.

Anyway, Cohen is the 27th ranked OT in the nation and the 16th overall player in Alabama, and is the 3rd commit on the offensive line for the Tide. With his commitment, Alabama passes Clemson for the #1 recruiting class by 247Sports’ metrics.