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Nick Saban Secures Commitment from Crimson Tide Legacy

Alabama adds its third safety to the 2024 class in the form of an in-state prospect.
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Alabama head coach Nick Saban makes personal history on Friday by securing the commitment from Dre Kirkpatrick Jr. 

Kirkpatrick Jr. is a 3-star safety out of Gadsden City High School in the 2024 class and the son of former Alabama star cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick.

The elder had his son when he was still a teenager, but it doesn't stop the Alabama fan base from feeling their age on Friday as the younger becomes the first son of an Alabama player in the Nick Saban era to commit to the Tide.

After faking out the crowd, Kirkpatrick Jr. ultimately chose Alabama over Missouri, Auburn and Arkansas.

The 6-foot, 190 pound safety is considered the No. 75 overall prospect in the state of Alabama. He was offered a scholarship by Alabama on July 25 after a strong camp performance and has been primarily pursued by Crimson Tide defensive line coach Freddie Roach, defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson and tight ends coach Joe Cox.

As a junior at Gadsden City he accumulated 85 tackles with 25 pass breakups, four interceptions and four forced fumbles while helping the Titans win the 6A Region 8 championship and losing to eventual state runners-up Mountain Brook in the second round of the playoffs.

Alabama now has 18 commitments in the 2024 class with six defensive backs, three corners and now three safeties. The Tide holds the No. 4 recruiting ranking with the 2024 class according to 247Sports and has the No. 3 recruiting class in the SEC behind Georgia and Florida.

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