Holcombe stays home after all

Keith Holcombe got good feedback after his summer camp performance at Alabama, but an offer was not yet on the table. That changed in late July and he pounced on the chance to stay home and play for the defending national champs.

Keith Holcombe committed to Mississippi State less than two weeks ago, but he has since had a change of heart.

The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Hillcrest linebacker flipped his commitment to Alabama on Tuesday, he reports.

"I have committed to play football for the University of Alabama today," said the 6-foot-3, 212-pound Holcombe in a statement. "I appreciate the opportunity Mississippi State offered me and they really did a great job in the recruiting process. I want to thank Coach Collins and Coach Mullen and the staff for all they did to make me and my family feel welcome.

"I made some really good friends and met some great people."

"It has always been my dream to play football in the SEC," he continued. "Since I've grown up here in Tuscaloosa and my dad played at Alabama for Coach Bryant, my ultimate goal as always been to play for the Crimson Tide.

"When that opportunity presented itself, it was one I couldn't refuse."

"To put on the same uniform my dad did is something I can't even put into words," it read. "I realize that I'm extremely lucky to be in this situation and I appreciate my family, my teachers and my coaches for all they have done to help me reach this point.

"My complete focus now is finishing my senior year at Hillcrest the right way, both on and off the field."

Holcombe becomes the 17th commitment for Nick Saban's class of 2014, the fourth from the state of Alabama.

Alabama's newest commitment can be seen in action below.

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