While Alabama prepares for the National Championship game they were able to add to their top five 2012 class and continue to also build for the future. One time Florida State commit Alphonse Taylor (Mobile, Ala./Davidson) committed to the in-state Crimson Tide and the big man brings some versatility as he could potentially play on the offensive or defensive line. He could play O-Tackle or guard in Tuscaloosa or fit as a nose in their 3-4 defense.
He is a big dude and, while he needs to watch his pad level and play a little more under control at times, when he is clicking on all cylinders he can be a handful as a defensive lineman. The four-star is a strong, big bodied two-gapper who can surprise you at times with his first-step quickness and ability to penetrate. He needs to watch how he continues to develop his frame and strive to be more consistent in his technique, but he is active, has the tools to draw attention from blockers, and should fit well as a nose if they utilize him on defense.
Taylor is a nice pick-up for Alabama as he offers ability, continued upside, and some versatility. If he enrolls early as planned it should benefit him greatly both physically and as a player to go through the spring and get a jump on the Tide’s strength and conditioning program.