TUSCALOOSA — Alabama couldn’t hang on to three of its four early signing period commitments.
One ensured its streak of seven straight No. 1 recruiting classes came to an end.
Both defensive tackle Bobby Brown and linebacker Quay Walker flipped their commitments during National Signing Day on Wednesday, while fellow linebacker Vernon Jackson de-commited Tuesday evening.
All three were commitments to Alabama during the early signing period.
Walker, ranked the No. 2 outside linebacker by 247Sports’ composite rankings, flipped his commitment to Georgia and former Tide defensive coordinator Kirby Smart.
Walker’s commitment secured the Bulldogs’ No. 1 class, according to those same rankings, the first team in seven years to dethrone Alabama and coach Nick Saban.
An Arlington, Texas, native Brown flipped his commitment from Texas A&M to the Crimson Tide at the end of the early signing period, but did not do so in enough time to sign a letter of intent.
In swooped new Aggies coach Jimbo Fisher, who kept Brown in-state and got him to sign with A&M. Standing 6-foot-4 and weighing 282 pounds, Brown was ranked the No. 17 defensive tackle in the signing class by 247Sports.
Though the Tide did sign defensive tackle Christian Barmore in the early signing period, Brown was still a priority at a position of need, given the departures of both starter Da’Ron Payne and backup Joshua Frazier.
Jackson is considering Texas A&M. In the wake of both his and Walker’s flip, the Tide signed three-star inside linebacker Jaylen Moody on Wednesday morning.