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Crimson Tide lands commitment from big defensive end from Virginia

Head coach Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide are on quite a roll. For the third time in the past week and a half, the Crimson Tide landed a commitment for the 2013 recruiting class. Defensive end Jonathan Allen visited Tuscaloosa this past weekend and recently committed to the the Crimson Tide coaching staff.

Allen is a 6-foot-3, 225-pound defensive end and is rated as one of the top players in the nation according to most scouting services. Allen chose the Crimson Tide over numerous offers, but recently his choices had been narrowed down to Alabama and Florida.

The big lineman from Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn, Va., was a member of the very prestigious Washington Post All-Met team for his 2011 and 2010 seasons.

In 2010, Allen made 87 tackles and 20 sacks. He also forced eight fumbles. His 20 sacks and eight forced fumbles were Stone Bridge High School records. The 2011 season was just as fruitful for Allen. He recorded 102 tackles and 15 sacks. Allen also blocked seven kicks during 2011.

Should Allen remain committed and sign with the Crimson Tide in February, he brings a lot of skill to the table. His frame and athleticism makes him an imposing force on the line, but he has also developed a very good ability to rush from the edge. This is a possible area where the Tide may look to use Allen during his time in Tuscaloosa. His ability to consistently make plays around the ball makes Allen a perfect fit for Nick Saban’s feisty and aggressive defense.

Allen is now the Tide’s fourteenth commitment for the 2013 recruiting class, and the second defensive line commitment in the past week. will have continuing coverage of all commitments for the Crimson Tide’s 2013 recruiting class.

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