SF Tyler Madison picks UAB

The University of Alabama-Birmingham landed a verbal commitment from small forward Tyler Madison on Friday, according to www.al.com.

Madison chose the Blazers over Tulane, UTEP, Murray State, Air Force and Samford.

"I really felt comfortable with coach [Jerod] Haase and coach [Richie] Riley and the other guys," he told the site. "I like the school and how they run things. I think it's a good fit."

"Since Haase landed the job, Madison's been a priority recruit," noted ESPN recruiting analyst Dave Telep. "They chased him the entire summer, prioritized him and waited until he finally gave them the nod. This is a kid with a bulldog attitude."

Madison is the fourth recruit for the Blazers in the 2013 class. Joining him in Birmingham will be point guard Dayshawn Watkins (Little Rock, Ark./North Little Rock), point guard Denzel Watts (Flint, Mich./Carman-Ainsworth) and power forward C.J. Washington (Augusta, Ga./Tallahassee C.C.).