4-Star WR Derek Kief Commits to Alabama Via YouTube Video

Brian LeighFeatured ColumnistJune 17, 2013

Photo Credit: 247 Sports
Photo Credit: 247 Sports

Derek Kief, a towering 4-star wideout from Cincinnati, committed to the University of Alabama via YouTube on Sunday:

The video was released on Kief's personal website, DerekKief.com, a comprehensive blog that follows the young prospect's life and career. He revealed his decision among a large contingent of family members by revealing an Alabama onesie on the infant (presumably a relative) he was holding in his hands.

A top-25 receiver, according to 247 Sports, Kief becomes the first wideout in what's shaping up to be another dominant class for the Crimson Tide.

Just two days prior to Kief's announcement, they reeled in the nation's top pro-style quarterback, David Cornwell. Meanwhile, Alabama has had 5-star athlete Bo Scarbrough locked up since last September.

As 247Sports writer Charles Power points out, the class also sports impressive regional variance:

In Kief, the Tide are getting a huge, physical target—a slight deviation from the traditional Alabama wide receiver. He uses every bit of his 6'5'' frame on the field, and while he definitely needs to add some weight, Alabama's strength training program should be able to help in that department.

Kief's speed needs to be measured against top-flight competition, but he appears to be deceptively quick for a man his size. He may have trouble, at first, against physical, man-up corners. However, if he can get to the second level, he can fly.

"I love everything about [Alabama]," Kief said Sunday, via Greg Ostendorf and Jared Shanker of ESPN. "I love the coaches, the offense, everything. They will develop me as a football player as well as a person."

Kief was named first-team all-district in Ohio in 2012, following a season where he caught a school record 65 passes for 907 yards and nine touchdowns.

Alabama beat out fellow finalists Kentucky and Ohio State for his services.