It’s not just Bear Bryant’s grandson who chose Wednesday to announce his intention to play his college football at Alabama. Another top recruit from a nearby state also pledged to the Crimson Tide, and he could cause new QB commit Paul Tyson plenty of headaches in future practices.
Rashad Cheney is a four-star defensive tackle for Cedar Grove (Ga.), where his performances earned him scholarship offers from the likes of Penn State, Tennessee, home state Georgia and other powers from across the country. Why were those schools so eager to get him on board?
Primarily because of plays like this:
Cheney was won over when he visited Tuscaloosa on an official visit, with coach Nick Saban’s direct intervention clearly playing a major role in his decision.
“I was planning to commit to Alabama after that visit last Friday,” Cheney told 247Sports. “Everything was great, I had a nice talk with Coach (Nick) Saban. He was telling me don’t believe everything that outsiders say because he played like fifteen freshmen in that championship game. He said I’m going to have fun. I talked to the players, they said I’m going to have fun. Then Coach Saban was talking about his vision and how he’s going to push me. I can trust Coach Saban in that he’s going to turn me into a better person on and off the field.”
As for all the time before he can sign at the onset of the Early Signing Period next December? Cheney assures everyone taht he’s not going to provide any additional drama following an earlier decommitment from Georgia.
“After this, I’m done visiting schools,” he told 247Sports. “I’m going to focus on my season and focus on becoming a better player so I can be ready for that next level.”