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Monday, January 14, 2013
Saban, Tide continue success in Louisiana

By Greg Ostendorf

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- It’s one thing to go into Death Valley and steal a win away from LSU in the fourth quarter, but it’s another to go into Baton Rouge and steal a top 50 recruit right out of the Tigers’ backyard.

That’s exactly what Nick Saban and the University of Alabama did on Monday.

ESPN 150 defensive end Tim Williams, who projects as an outside linebacker at Alabama, committed to the Crimson Tide over offers from nearly every major program in the country, including LSU.

It’s not the first time that’s happened.

Who can forget the recruitment of Landon Collins last year? The five-star safety, who went to high school less than 30 minutes from LSU’s campus, picked the Tide over the Tigers on national TV at the Under Armour All-American Game.

The list goes on.

Since 2009, Alabama has now reeled in eight recruits from the state of Louisiana, a group that includes a pair of key contributors -- Eddie Lacy and Kenny Bell -- as well as an early enrollee in the 2013 class, wide receiver Raheem Falkins.

While Saban deserves much of the praise for the success he’s having in his former stomping grounds, credit UA running backs’ coach Burton Burns, whose designated recruiting area is Louisiana.

Alabama is hoping for more of the same in 2014. The Pelican State is rich with talent in next year’s class and includes ESPN Watch List stars Leonard Fournette, Speedy Noil, Cameron Robinson and Gerald Willis III -- Collins' brother.

With Falkins and now Williams on board in this class, it shouldn’t come as a surprise if Alabama can steal two or three of the top recruits in Louisiana again next year.