Nation's Top Punter Skyler DeLong Flips Commitment from Tennessee to Alabama

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistJune 15, 2017

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 8: A general view of the Alabama Crimson Tide Helmet during the Head Coaches News Confernce before the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Tampa Convention Center on January 8, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
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Top punter prospect Skyler DeLong said Thursday that he decommitted from Tennessee and instead committed to play at Alabama, according to Hank South of 247Sports.

Per 247Sports, DeLong is a 3-star player who is the No. 1 punter recruit in the nation, and he ranks No. 1,579 overall in the class of 2018.

DeLong initially committed to play for the Volunteers on June 1 and said the following about his decision at the time, according to Ryan Callahan of 247Sports:

"They offered me and I was really interested. I've been up there a couple times, and I just decided that's where I want to be. I just felt like the time was right, didn't want to wait anymore. It's one of my top schools, and there's not a school that's better out there, so I was just ready."

In spurning Tennessee for Alabama, DeLong is now set to join a school that will need him immediately as a freshman.

JK Scott is one of the best punters in the nation, but he will be a senior this season.

With Scott out of the picture beginning in 2018, DeLong will have an opportunity to seize the starting punter role at college football's premier program.