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Alabama steals Atlanta DB away from Kentucky

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Nick Saban (AP)

Nick Saban (AP)

Alabama has swiped one of Kentucky’s top football recruits.

Montrell Custis, a 3-star defensive back from Lovejoy High School, switched his commitment from Kentucky to Alabama on Monday night.

Custis, the first cousin of Georgia Tech running back Travis Custis, had been the first commitment of Kentucky’s 2015 recruiting class before changing his mind.

“Even though Kentucky was a great program from top to bottom, me and my family decided to go ahead and de-commit because Alabama has a great feel, and it just fits me the best,” Custis told the AJC.

“They (Alabama) are like the godfathers of college football.”

The 6-foot, 170-pound Custis joked with Alabama coach Nick Saban when he gave him the news.

“The type of person I am, I like to laugh and have fun but I’m still all about my business,” Custis said. “(Saban) never smiles. I told him straight up, ‘Coach, I’m about to make you smile.’ He just giggled. I told him I was coming to Alabama.”

The conversation didn’t go as smoothly on Sunday when Custis called Kentucky assistant Derrick Ansley.

DB Montrell Custis (12thmanpromotions)

DB Montrell Custis (12thmanpromotions)

“That was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do,” Custis said. “They took it OK. Of course, they didn’t want to let me go. But we just did what we had to do.”

Custis said he has held an offer from Georgia Tech since his sophomore year. “Travis tried to get me to go to Georgia Tech, but it didn’t go quite the way he planned. It’s a great school, but it just wasn’t the right fit for me.”

What about UGA? Custis said he recently got an offer from UGA and attended a Junior Day a couple of weeks agoa. “I think Georgia is so close. I want to explore, and be on my own. If I went to Georgia, it would be like living with my mom. I ain’t trying to do all of that.”

Alabama has 10 commitments for 2015, including four from the state of Georgia.

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