Crimson Tide adds ESPN 150 cover corner

In 2012, the University of Alabama signed three cornerbacks, but two came from the junior college ranks. That made it a position of need again in 2013, and the Crimson Tide addressed that need on Thursday with the commitment of Texas cornerback Maurice Smith (Sugar Land, Texas/Dulles).

It was no secret that Alabama held a slight lead for Smith, but many believed he would wait until the Under Armour All-America Game to pull the trigger. After attending the Tide’s camp this week, he couldn’t wait any longer.

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound defensive back is a huge get for Nick Saban and the UA coaching staff. He’s ranked No. 86 in the ESPN 150 and is the No. 10 cornerback. He’s also the first true cover corner in this class.

Smith has the size and physicality that Saban likes in his cornerbacks. He can cover most wide receivers one-on-one, but he can also give support against the run and is a strong tackler in space.

And if Alabama wasn’t recruiting well enough on a national level already, going into Texas and pulling one of the top prospects in the Lone Star state sends a message to the rest of the country and could help make inroads for the future.

Before Smith’s commitment, the Crimson Tide had landed just one prospect from the state of Texas in the last three recruiting classes.

Alabama now has 15 commitments in this class, and Smith makes it seven in the ESPN 150. The Tide’s class came in a No. 3 in the team rankings, released on Thursday, but it could move up before the list comes out again.