Nov 9, 2013; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban in front of his team as they prepare to take the field against the LSU Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Saban tells top recruit he's staying

After Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback A.J. McCarron told ESPN’s College Football Daily that Tide head coach Nick Saban informed McCarron he was staying at Alabama, another person who recently talked to Saban believes he’s sticking with the Tide as well.

“My conversation with Saban, I think he is firmly committed to being the next Alabama football coach,” St. Augustine High School (La.) Cyril Crutchfield told a local ABC affiliate.

Crutchfield is the coach of running back Leonard Fournette. Fournette recently met with Saban.

Fournette is considered to be the top recruit in the country according to 24/7’s composite rankings.

The 6’1, 226 lb. running back will decide between the Tide and the hometown favorite LSU Tigers on January 3.

Saban, of course, has been connected to the Texas job. The Longhorns have not fired head coach Mack Brown yet, but reports say he will step down by the end of the week. Brown has a meeting with the school’s president and athletic director Thursday.

The Longhorns are reportedly ready to offer Saban a contract worth $10 million per year and includes 1% of the Longhorn Network.

Tags: A.J. McCarron Alabama Crimson Tide Leonard Fournette Nick Saban

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