Per Rivals.com, the Alabama Crimson Tide and head coach Nick Saban have claimed yet another National Signing Day title; however, ‘Bama did fail to secure three prior verbal commitments due to an assortment of reasons.
Wide receiver Casey Gladney failed to sign with the Crimson Tide due to what was believed to be his high school academic standing. Rumors of Gladney’s academic hardship(s) had been swirling for months.
Despite his potential academic shortcomings in respect to the University of Alabama, Gladney inked his National Letter of Intent with Texas Tech on Wednesday.
Defensive lineman Darius Philon and running back Justin Taylor were the unfortunate “victims” of the SEC imposed 25-player signing cap.
Rather than deferring enrollment to Alabama (grayshirt) until January of 2013, Philon signed his National Letter of Intent with Arkansas, while Taylor selected the University of Kentucky over the likes of Ole Miss and Alabama.
When all was said and done on NSD, Alabama signed the “cap number” of 25, plus another commitment who was a “hold over” from a prior class.