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B.J. Emmons Commits to Alabama: 4-Star Gives Tide Another Potential Feature RB

Tyler Donohue@@TDsTakeNational Recruiting AnalystJuly 20, 2015

Credit: 247Sports

Alabama continues to be an attractive destination for top-tier running back recruits, further evidenced by a Monday afternoon commitment from dynamic 4-star playmaker B.J. Emmons:

Emmons' Twitter post mentioned Florida, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and Georgia among programs that played a role in his recruitment. The Bulldogs initially landed a pledge from the North Carolina product in December, shortly after a monstrous junior campaign.

He thoroughly dominated last fall, averaging 12 yards per carry. Emmons tallied 2,348 yards and 38 touchdowns, per Paul Schenkel of the Morganton News Herald

The 5'10", 232-pound Freedom High School standout officially backed off his verbal commitment to Georgia on June 11, just weeks removed from receiving a Crimson Tide offer. 

"I think that he just wanted to be fair enough to say ‘Hey look, I want to open things up and see what else is out there.’ He wants to make sure that he’s going to the right school," Freedom head coach Brandon Allen told Michael Carvell of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Emmons didn't require much time to find his right fit in Tuscaloosa.

This4U @LiltrillPhenom

Truly blessed to say that I have received an offer from the University Of Alabama http://t.co/HlqnPIrdBY

Alabama lands a rusher who rates third nationally among prospects at the position in 247Sports' composite rankings. Emmons was graded the top uncommitted running back in America.

He is a bullish runner, plowing through traffic with formidable physicality. Despite carrying more weight than most of his 2016 contemporaries, Emmons also carves up opponents with quality quickness.

He finished the 40-yard dash in 4.48 seconds earlier this year while competing at the U.S. Army All-American combine. Emmons' combination of aggression and acceleration suits Alabama's offensive scheme well.

"Alabama is known for their power-running game. They always want a tailback that they can put back there who can run between the tackles and be a physical presence," Allen told Carvell. "I certainly think that B.J. can do those things."

He adds to a strong tradition in the Tide offensive backfield. While some players have panned out better than others, this is the sixth consecutive Alabama class with a top-five recruit at running back.

Emmons follows the footsteps of Damien Harris (2015), Bo Scarbrough (2014 non-qualifier), Derrick Henry (2013), Alvin Kamara (2013), T.J. Yeldon (2012) and Dee Hart (2011).

Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban is already in excellent shape to extend the streak. He secured a commitment from top overall 2017 running back Najee Harris this spring.

Saban also extended scholarship offers to 4-star 2016 running backs Devin White (Louisiana) and Elijah Holyfield (Georgia). The chances of either target ending up in Tuscaloosa likely take a significant hit with Emmons now in the mix.

He is the 18th member of Alabama's 2016 recruiting class, which sits fourth nationally in composite class rankings and second among SEC squads behind only LSU.

Tyler Donohue is a National Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. All player ratings are courtesy of 247Sports' composite ratings. Follow Tyler via Twitter: @TDsTake.