Bama picked up 2 big time commitments tonight for the 2011 class:
Levi Randolph, a 6'4 175 lb SF from Bob Jones HS in Madison, AL. He is one of the top recruits from the state of AL and a top 50 prospect nationally. Coach Grant has been on him from day one, and I was concerned about auburn with their recent momentum and Barbee's north Alabama ties. This was a huge pickup for us. Congratulations to Coach Grant and staff, and welcome to UA basketball, Levi Randolph, we can't wait till you sign!
Rodney Cooper, a 6'5, 196 lb SG from Phenix City, AL. While he has been somewhat overshadowed by the talent in the Huntsville area, Cooper is rated a 4 star and top 100 player nationally by Rivals. He averaged 20 points and 9 rebounds per game for Russell County, and chose Bama over UGA. He's also a solid defensive player, averaging over 2 steals per game.
After narrowly missing out on some top prospects for this year's class, I know many of us were concerned about Coach Grant's ability to recruit. These two commitments for 2011 certainly ease a lot of my concern. In the wake of the Justin Knox fiasco and the aforementioned misses on Marcus Thornton, Ratliffe, and Cothron, this great news!