Christmas comes early for Alabama

Four-star offensive tackle Alphonse Taylor (Mobile, Ala./Davidson) has committed to play in-state for the Crimson Tide, ESPN's Jamie Newberg reports.

Taylor, a 6-foot-5, 335-pound senior, originally committed to Florida State in April. He backed off that pledge earlier this month. Auburn, LSU and Mississippi State were among the other programs recruiting Taylor earlier in the process.

He is the No. 9-rated recruit in the state of Alabama and No. 145 in the ESPNU. The addition of Taylor gives Alabama's No. 3-ranked recruiting class 10 ESPNU 150 prospects and 24 overall commitments.