By: Tim Whelan Jr., USA TODAY High School Sports | February 7, 2018
Four-star wide receiver Jaylen Waddle committed to Alabama Wednesday afternoon.
The 5-foot-10, 175-pound speedster out of Episcopal (Bellaire, Texas) chose the Crimson Tide over Texas A&M, TCU, Florida State and Oregon in a ceremony at his school. He hovered his hand over all five hats before choosing the one with the ‘Bama logo.
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Waddle is ranked as the No. 41 player in the class according to the USA TODAY High School Sports Composite Football Player Rankings. He is the nation’s No. 5 receiver, per the 247 Sports Composite.
While usually boasting the nation’s top recruiting class, the defending national champion Crimson Tide are currently No. 9 in the USA TODAY High School Sports Top 25 Composite Team Football Recruiting Rankings.
Waddle’s commitment will surely give Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide a needed boost.