At one point this offseason, fans were concerned about Alabama's recruiting. Nick Saban heard those concerns and went after one of Ohio State's top recruits.
Saban and the Crimson Tide have flipped Ohio State commitment and four-star tight end Ty Lockwood. Lockwood - a 6-foot-5, 225-pound tight end out of Tennessee - is the No. 9 tight end and No. 141 overall prospect in the 2023 cycle, per the 247Sports composite.
Lockwood committed to Ryan Day and the Buckeyes on Aug. 19 of 2021. That commitment held firm until the four-star recruit received an offer from Alabama in June.
This Tuesday, the talented prospect announced he's flipping his commitment from Ohio State to Alabama; another big recruiting victory for the Crimson Tide.
"First of all, I'm grateful for Ohio State, the coaching staff, and the Buckeye players and fans," Lockwood said in a statement. "I have a lot of respect for the prgoram and the team. I've been all in with Buckeye Nation, so this decision and announcement is hard for me. After much discussion and prayer, my family and I have decided that it would be best to de-commit from Ohio State University. I take commitment and loyalty very seriously, but it's the right choice I needed to make for my future and my family. With that being said, I'm flipping my commitment to the University of Alabama. I look forward to what the future brings and how I can develop as a player and person under Coach Saban and Coach Cox. Roll Tide!"
A big win for Alabama and even bigger loss for Ohio State.
The Buckeyes don't lose top-tier recruits to other programs very often. But once again, the Crimson Tide are in a class of their own.