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Alabama football lands two big recruits

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The presence of Alabama’s head coach Nick Saban continues to haunt LSU in recruiting. ­­­The Crimson Tide received verbal commitments Monday from two Louisiana natives, Joshua Perry and Dare Rosenthal.

Perry, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound safety, attends Amite High School (Amite, La.). Rosenthal, a 6-foot-7, 290-pound offensive tackle, attends Ferriday High School (Ferriday, La.).

Perry is a three-star prospect that Alabama’s targeting for its 2016 recruiting class. He’s been clocked at 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash, according to 247 sports. Perry’s commitment gives Alabama its eighth player for its 2016 class. Assistant coaches Burton Burns and Mel Tucker tag-teamed to get Perry. He revealed his commitment to Alabama Monday via twitter.

“Proud to say that I’m verbally committed to the University of Alabama. #RTR”- Jo$hua (@_youngbeast_)

Rosenthal has yet to be rated by a recruiting site. He will be a sophomore this fall, and Saban has targeted him for Alabama’s 2018 recruiting cycle.  If Perry and Rosenthal both fully sign to Alabama, they would join Eddie Lacy, Kenny Bell, Landon Collins, Cam Sims and Cam Robinson, as players that left Louisiana for Alabama. Alabama’s hatred of LSU doesn’t run as deep as it does for Tennessee and Auburn, but in recruiting, it’s pretty close. Touchdown Alabama Magazine will continue to update on the progress of Perry and Rosenthal.

Stephen M. Smith is a staff writer and columnist for Touchdown Alabama Magazine, Pick Six Previews and SB Nation. You can “like” him on Facebook and “follow” him on Twitter, via @ESPN_Future.

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