Alabama could lose as many as three starters on the O line, making Hill's commitment more meaningful this off season. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Hill Flips Back to the Tide

Alabama received a Christmas present late in the day as Brandon Hill, the nation’s top rated prep school offensive lineman, recommitted to the Tide late on Christmas day. Hill is not a new name on the Tide’s list, having committed to the 2013 class out of high school. However, he did not qualify academically and has attended Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia. Hill played high school football at St. George’s in Collierville, Tennessee, near Memphis.

Earlier this season, Hill made news by changing his commitment from Alabama to Ole Miss. The latest change of heart for the 6’6″ 330-pound (some reports say he weighs as much as 370 pounds) Hill comes late in the process. According to reports, he plans to enroll at Alabama in January and begin practice with the team.

Hill becomes Alabama’s 21st commitment for the 2013 recruiting class. Several high profile players are expected to announce, officially, in the next few weeks. Because he comes from a prep school rather than a junior college, Hill will enroll as a true freshman and have the standard 5 years to play 4. Alabama could lose as many as three starters from the offensive line this off-season, so Hill’s decision could result in some early playing time for the prospect.

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