Louisiana 4-star DT commits to Alabama… from a cemetery

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Alabama landing a 4-star defensive tackle commitment on the eve of National Signing Day is typically not news in that the sky being blue is not news. Some things just… are.

But it’s not every day — or any day, really, other than this one — that a player commits from the cemetery.

Phidarian Mathis, a 4-star defensive tackle from Monroe, La., put on an Alabama hat over LSU and TCU in the most unusual of places to honor his late friend Tyrell Cameron. Cameron died from internal bleeding resulting from a broken neck suffered while covering a punt in a 2015 Franklin Parish (La.) High School game.

LSU reportedly pursued Mathis hard late down the stretch, but the player said Tuesday he never heard from Tigers defensive line coach Pete Jenkins.

Mathis becomes the 25th pledge and 15th 4-star to join Alabama’s top-ranked class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.