Shawn Burgess-Becker to Alabama: Crimson Tide Land 4-Star Safety Prospect

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVApril 19, 2014

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Alabama landed yet another big-time prospect in the class of 2015 during Saturday's A-Day spring game when Shawn Burgess-Becker announced his commitment to the Crimson Tide. 

The high school standout, who doubles as a wide receiver and safety, announced the news on Twitter shortly after the spring game concluded:

Burgess-Becker is a 6'1", 185-pound prospect that is a four-star prospect in the 247Sports composite, which also has him as the No. 88 prospect nationally and No. 18 in the great recruiting state of Florida.

He lines up both as a wide receiver and safety for Monarch High School (Pompano Beach, Fla.) and has made waves as one of the most talented and versatile players in the class, with both speed and vision that translate well to the next level. 

The Tide had to hold off Miami more than anyone else to land Burgess-Becker. The nearby Hurricanes had Burgess-Becker visit three times in 2014 alone and were in the thick of things all along—Miami and Alabama were the first two to offer the standout. 

Fox Sports' Amy Campbell reported on what made the difference between Alabama and Miami:

Alabama also had to hold off a late surge from its in-state rivals. Burgess-Becker visited Auburn for the first time just before A-Day, per 247Sports' Keith Niebuhr (subscription required). But it seems as if the Tigers got in the game a bit too late. 

Burgess-Becker became the 12th commit in the Crimson Tide's 2015 class, adding the second of the day after Minkah Fitzpatrick added his name as well on Saturday.

In the midst of the hype and excitement surrounding Alabama's A-Day, it was no surprise that the Tide were able to notch another commit. Events like this tend to pump energy into recruiting and result in successful weekends if a program is able to sell itself enough during the process.

Sure enough, Alabama was able to do this with Burgess-Becker and prove to the ninth-ranked athlete in the nation, according to the 247Sports' composite rankings, that Tuscaloosa was the place for him.

Alabama has loaded up on top recruits enough to where it's hard to put a lot of stock into one commit. But at least on the surface, Burgess-Becker looks to have serious skills.

Plus, his ability to line up on either side of the ball will be lauded for Saban's coaching staff as they will have more flexibility in assembling their rosters moving forward.