"The grayshirt was offered by the past staff," said Patrick Crump from Hoover, (Ala.). "The new coaching staff decided to keep it the same. I think it's a good thing because of my age. I am only 17 years old."
"I knew that Alabama was the right fit. I figured out that that's the place I wanted to go."
The 6-3, 285-pound offensive lineman knows his strengths and what he hopes to improve before the spring in 2008.
"I think I play hard. I am quick and fast. I really want to improve my strength," he said.
Crump committed to the previous Alabama coaching staff, but said, "I really like the new staff. It's a change because I was recruited by the former coaches. I like the coaches they brought in, and I respect them. I think they are going to be good."
Crump was named All-State and All-Metro.
Crump sports a 2.9 GPA and scored a 19 on the ACT.