Skyler DeLong, the nation’s No. 1 punter, flipped his commitment from the Tennessee Volunteers to the Alabama Crimson Tide on Thursday.
The top punter in the recruiting class of 2018 has flipped his commitment from the University of Tennessee to an SEC rival: Alabama.
Skyler DeLong, who had originally given his commitment to the University of Tennessee, was dealt an offer by the Crimson Tide on June 3 while participating in the school’s kicking camp. The 6-foot-4, 180-pound punter from the state of South Carolina is the fourth commitment in Alabama’s 2018 recruiting class.
In a brief statement regarding his change of heart, DeLong said that, “It was the right decision for me and my family in the long run.”
DeLong joins Xavier Williams (4-star wide receiver from Hollywood, Florida), Quay Walker (4-star outside linebacker from Cordele, Georgia), and Jordan Davis (4-star defensive end from Memphis, Tennessee) as the only current Alabama commits in next year’s recruiting class.
The timing could not be better for coach Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide. Current Alabama punter, J.K. Scott, is heading into his senior season this upcoming fall, leaving the door wide open for DeLong to become the school’s next punter the following year.
It’s not quite Lane Kiffin setting up residence in T-Town for three years, but DeLong’s switch from Tennessee to Alabama should add another layer of animosity and intrigue to the annual rivalry. The Third Saturday in October will take place in Tuscaloosa this upcoming season on Saturday, October 21. Get your cigars ready.