2013 wide receiver Raheem Falkins (New Orleans/Carver) committed to Alabama on Saturday at junior day in Tuscaloosa, giving the Tide three commits on the day and seven already for the 2013 class.
Falkins could have played out the recruiting process. His two favorite schools offered him recently, but in the end he knew what he wanted to do. It came down to the homestate LSU Tigers and the national champion.
"Alabama came in and has shown so much interest in me," Falkins said. "It's where I know I want to be. I just felt a whole lot of love, and I wanted to make this difficult decision."
Falkins is yet another elite receiver headed to Tuscaloosa. Chris Black (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast), Amari Cooper (Miami Northwestern) and Eddie Williams (Panama City, Fla./Arnold) are all ESPNU 150 members who are part of the 2012 Alabama recruiting class, which is ranked No. 1.
"That doesn't bother me at all," Falkins said. "To be honest, that's what I am excited about. I can't wait to go there and compete with all those guys. Competition will make us all better. They will make me a better receiver. I will be ready to go there and compete. It’s what I love to do."
Falkins joined elite 2013 RB Altee Tennpenny in pledging to the Tide on Saturday.
"I love the focus and attention the Alabama coaches have with the players," Falkins said. "I remember the first time I met with Coach [Nick] Saban. It was last summer at their camp. We had a great talk and that talk really stuck with me. I mean that."
Falkins gave LSU strong consideration before making his decision. A few weeks ago he made it up to Baton Rouge for the Tigers' first junior day.
"It was a nice trip to LSU, and they are a team that I really like," Falkins said. "I like the campus and coaches. It's LSU. I think I have a good feel for what's up there. In the end, it was a tough decision for me, a real tough decision. But it's something I have to make, and Alabama is where I want to be at the end of the day. Now I can focus on this spring and my senior season. I have nothing to worry about. I can just go out and compete and have a really fun senior season."
Falkins' mentor is former LSU standout Shyrone Carey, who was a big-time recruit himself from the Bayou State roughly a decade ago. Carey played for Saban in Baton Rouge.
"I would love for Raheem to be a Tiger," Carey said. "But he chose the best coach in the country to play for and I am very happy for him."
Tamice Glasper, Falkins' mother, is also excited with Falkins' decision.
"I am ecstatic that he has this opportunity and I am behind Raheem 100 percent," Glasper said. "The most important thing about all of this is getting an education. Football is secondary. Education is what we drive home in my household."
Falkins, 6-foot-4 and 185 pounds, also had offers from Tennessee, Illinois and Colorado.