Cornerback Eddie Smith commits to Alabama

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Surtain picked the Crimson Tide over Clemson, LSU and Miami.

Alabama's 19-player class finished the year ranked No. 7 nationally, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, an aggregate of the top major recruiting services.

Tide coach Nick Saban said during the early signing period in December the team would try to sign a scholarship quarterback "if we can get somebody that we feel can be a positive in the organization", adding he would ideally like four scholarship quarterbacks on its roster. "But overall, I think we solved a lot of needs in this class". The Tigers led for over a year in Surtain's recruitment.

Alabama has the second-best recruiting class in the SEC behind Georgia. The Tigers were able to ink the commitment of standout Scotlandville defensive back Kelvin Joseph, who is likely to play cornerback for the Tigers next fall, as opposed to safety, due to the Tigers misses.

"We're really excited about the players that we were able to attract in this recruiting class", Saban said in his National Signing Day news conference. The night before, you get a phone call, and he's not. Entering Wednesday, LSU was viewed as the heavy favorite for Surtain, who attends high school in the Hurricanes' backyard, at American Heritage School in Plantation, Fla., but has family ties in New Orleans and Baton Rouge and had developed a close relationship with LSU defensive backs coach Corey Raymond.

You can't build a more flawless prospect from the cornerback position. "We redshirted a kicker from last year's class - who really counts in this year's class - so we couldn't really take a full class this year from a numbers standpoint".

Surtain visited Alabama the weekend of January 19 after first taking an official visit to LSU the previous weekend.

Saban and the Crimson Tide were almost kept out of the College Football Playoff this season as a result of a late-season loss to Auburn in the Iron Bowl.

Georgia signed the top-ranked class as Alabama fell behind sixth-place Clemson, No. 5 Penn State, No. 4 Southern Cal, No. 3 Texas and runner-up Ohio State. The Slidell, Louisiana native chose Alabama over Tennessee and Mississippi State.

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