Four-star wide receiver Derek Kief announced his commitment to Alabama on Sunday, picking the Crimson Tide over fellow finalists Kentucky and Ohio State.
Kief, who plays for La Salle High School in Cincinnati, is ranked by Rivals as the No. 47 wide receiver in the country and the No. 17 overall prospect in the state of Ohio for the class of 2014.
The 6-foot-4, 200-pound receiver also had offers from Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Louisville, Arkansas and several other Division I programs. One of his high school teammates was Jaleel Hytchye, who will be a freshman defensive back at Kentucky this fall.
Kief announced his commitment in a YouTube video that included dozens of friends and family members wearing Crimson Tide apparel. The actual announcement came when Kief held up a baby wearing an Alabama T-shirt as Sweet Home Alabama played in the background.
UK commitment Drew Barker was among the first to offer his congratulations on Twitter.
“Congrats bro!” Barker tweeted. “You’ll do big things!”
The Conner quarterback later added: “You win some & then you unfortunately lose some.. But we want guys that are ALL IN for UK! #BBN #StoopsTroops.”
Kentucky has 18 commitments from the class of 2014 and Rivals.com ranks the Cats’ recruiting class among the top five in the country.
UK has two wide receivers lined up for 2014: Four-star Thaddeus Snodgrass and three-star Tyre Brady. They’re also in good shape with several others, including four-stars Braxton Berrios and Blake Bone, and three-star T.V. Williams.
Williams said Sunday that he will announce his college decision July 9 from his high school in Texas.