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‘I couldn’t picture myself anywhere else’: Meet Alabama’s newest commitment

Pickens County lineman Jah-Marien Latham committed to Alabama on Monday, becoming the eighth player in the Class of 2020 to make a public pledge to the Crimson Tide.

The 6-foot-3, 270-pound junior is projected to play defensive line in college, although plays both ways for the Class 1A Tornadoes. Pickens County (8-4) remains alive in the Class 1A playoffs and meets Spring Garden (11-1) at home this week in a quarterfinal game.

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Latham spoke to AL.com on Monday about his commitment and his future plans. Here’s the conversation:

Q: What has life been like for you after you committed to Alabama?

“It has been awesome. A lot of love has been shown.”

Q: Where you in school, and if so, what was the strangest or coolest thing that happened today? “No sir. Just committing to Alabama was the coolest thing that happened today.”

Q: What other schools— if any — did you seriously consider?

“South Carolina.”

Q: What made you choose Alabama?

“It’s always been a dream school of mine. I love the coaching staff, and It’s close to home. I’ve visited like three times, so I feel like it’s a good school for me.”

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Q: Your high school coach, Michael Williams, played at Alabama and Pickens County also produced Tony Dixon, who played at Bama. How much influence, if any, did your high school’s connection to Alabama influence your decision?

“I always talk to my head coach about Bama to see how it’s like when the season starts. I always wanted to go there so I couldn’t picture myself anywhere else.”

Q: You have played O-line and D-line in high school. Do you expect to play offense or defense at Alabama?

“I want to play D-Line but I can play either.”

One final question: You are a junior so it’s a long time before you can sign. Is there any chance you change your mind?

“I really don’t see myself changing my mind.”

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Pickens County's Jah-Marien Latham (72) blocks as Gavin Prude (21) runs against Falkville on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018 in an AHSAA Class 1A playoff game. (Eric Schultz/preps@al.com)
Pickens County’s Jah-Marien Latham (72) blocks as Gavin Prude (21) runs against Falkville on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018 in an AHSAA Class 1A playoff game. (Eric Schultz/preps@al.com)  Eric Schultz

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