Late Sunday afternoon, Daphne running back and five-star prospect TJ Yeldon announced that he was decommitting from the Auburn Tigers and signing with the Alabama Crimson Tide, with plans to enroll in January.
Yeldon had been committed to Auburn since June, but following a major push by the Alabama coaching staff during the recently completed “contact period” of the NCAA 2011-12 recruiting calendar, Yeldon had a change of heart and picked Alabama instead.
Here’s a rundown of what media outlets in the state and the region had to say about yesterday’s dramatic switch.
Montgomery Advertiser – Yeldon spurns Tigers for Tide
For the second time this season, a former Auburn football recruit changed allegiances and now plans to sign with the Crimson Tide.
AL.com’s Don Kausler - T.J Yeldon's flip from Tigers to Tide 'sent shock waves' through state and nation
In a move considered seismic by a recruiting analyst, Daphne High School football star T.J. Yeldon changed his commitment Sunday from Auburn to Alabama.
A switch had been considered a possibility for a few weeks, said Tim Watts, a recruiting analyst for BamaOnline.com
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer – Tigers lose prized running back recruit as TJ Yeldon switches to Alabama
Prized running back recruit T.J. Yeldon switched his commitment from Auburn to Alabama in a statement released on Sunday.
Yeldon, a 6-2, 210-pound back from Daphne, Ala. is rated a five-star running back by Rivals.com and is widely recognized as one of the nation’s top running back prospects.
Yahoo! Sports – Running back switches commitment from Auburn to Alabama
Daphne (Ala.) running back T.J. Yeldon said in a statement Sunday that he has de-committed from Auburn and has verbally committed to rival Alabama.
CBSSports.com Eye on Recruiting - Alabama flips four-star back Yeldon from Auburn
The rumors had been circulating for weeks that Daphne (Ala.) running back T.J. Yeldon would be decommitting from Auburn and flipping to rival Alabama. Sunday afternoon, the four-star running back turned the rumors into news and officially changed his commitment to the Crimson Tide.
Jay Tate, Montgomery Advertiser – SHOCKING TWIST: T.J. Yeldon now headed to Alabama
RB T.J. Yeldon, the Tigers’ top committed prospect, on Sunday announced a major change of heart. He now plans to enroll at Alabama in early January.
This is a big deal. Yeldon is one of the nation’s top three RBs and looked to be the crown jewel of Auburn’s 2012 signing class.
Opelika – Auburn News – Elite RB Yeldon trades in Tigers for Tide
The crown jewel of Auburn’s Class of 2012 has changed his mind.
Daphne High running back T.J. Yeldon — widely considered one of the top running back prospects in the nation — decommitted from Auburn and committed to Alabama on Sunday.
ESPN Recruiting Nation — Yeldon flips to the Crimson Tide
There have been rumors swirling in the state of Alabama that ESPNU 150 member T.J. Yeldon (Daphne, Ala./Daphne) would flip from Auburn to Alabama. In the past few weeks it remained a rumor, and Yeldon continued to say he was a pledge to the Tigers. But now that has changed.
The 6-2, 210 running back sensation ran 231 times for 2,196 yards (9.5 yards per carry) and scored 32 touchdowns for the Daphne Trojans in the 2011 season. He will participate in spring drills and is expected to compete immediately for playing time.