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Alabama Commit Deon Johnson Arrested, Charged

Alabama wide receiver commitment Deon Johnson from Spanish Fort (Ala.) High School has been arrested on charges of second-degree rape and sodomy.

Johnson, 18, turned himself into police on Thursday, a spokesman for the Daphne (Ala.) Police Department told AL.com.

Check the link above for more information on Johnson’s charges. See the arrest report here.

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Why Yeldon Switched From Auburn To Alabama

Running back T.J. Yeldon from Daphne (Ala.) created plenty of buzz during the weekend when he switched his commitment from Auburn to Alabama.

Yeldon is one of the nation’s top running backs and one of the top prospects overall in the state of Alabama. What happened to his commitment to Auburn that had stood since June?

Mike Herndon of the Mobile Press-Register helps explain. One reason the move surprised so many people is Yeldon never publicly addressed the fact he was considering making a change.

“T.J. has never enjoyed a lot of attention drawn to him,” Daphne coach Glenn Vickery said. “He’s a very low-key kind of guy.”

But he’s a big-time prospect and he’ll be on campus in Tuscaloosa in January.

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Yeldon Switches Commitment From Tigers To Tide

Running back T.J. Yeldon from Daphne (Ala.) High School made big news during the weekend when he switched his commitment from Auburn to Alabama.

Yeldon announced the change by releasing a statement.

“Over the last few weeks, I’ve really put a lot of time and thought into where I want to go to school and continue my football career,” Yeldon said in the statement. “I am blessed to be in a situation where I have several great opportunities and I appreciate everyone involved who has helped me get to this point.

“I want to make an announcement so I can put this behind me and get to work on the things I need to do to prepare for college both athletically and academically. I am going to enroll at the University of Alabama in January.

“I have a lot of respect for Auburn, the coaches, and all of the people there, but at the end of the day I feel like the University of Alabama is the best situation for me and my family. I am 100 percent confident with my final decision. I feel great about it and I’m excited to get started.”

Alabama should be excited to have Yeldon, who’s ranked the nation’s No. 1 all-purpose running back by 247Sports.com. His commitment gives Alabama the No. 1 ranking in the 247Sports team rankings for the class of 2012.

Alabama’s 2012 class is currently ranked No. 2 by Rivals.com and No. 3 by Scout.com, respectively.

What’s the impact of Yeldon’s decision to change his commitment? Tim Watts of BamaOnline.com weighs in.

Yeldon is the third running back commitment for Alabama’s 2012 class, joining Kenyan Drake from Powder Springs, Ga., and Justin Taylor from Atlanta.

Jovon Robinson from Memphis, Tenn., is the lone running back commitment to Auburn’s 2012 class.

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In-State Running Back Chooses Auburn

Running back T.J. Yeldon from Daphne (Ala.) High School committed to Auburn on Tuesday afternoon.

Daphne is the first running back to commit to Auburn’s 2012 class. His ranking – Rivals considers him the nation’s No. 5 running back and 247Sports calls him the nation’s second-best all-purpose back – says he’s a nice pickup for the Tigers.

Yeldon chose Auburn over scholarship offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Tennessee and Florida State.

“I just knew in my heart,” Yeldon told 247 of his commitment to Auburn. “I like the family environment. I’m more relaxed with the coaches and everyone up there.”

Yeldon attended a camp on Auburn’s campus last weekend. His relationship with running backs coach Curtis Luper was a factor in the decision to commit.

“We’re really close,” Yeldon said. “I get along with all the coaches up there real good.”

Yeldon is the ninth player to commit to Auburn’s class of 2012. Seven of those prospects have received a four-star rating from Rivals.

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