August 23, 2010

Fanning talks transfer, commitment

It's been an interesting offseason for defensive lineman LaMichael Fanning, who after committing to Alabama in April transferred from Auburn High School to Harris County High School in Hamilton, Georgia. The setting is familiar to Fanning, who attended Harris County in ninth grade, but making the transition heading into his senior year has proven to be a different experience.

"It has been tough because I have had to change schools so much, but it really has just been stuff out of my control," Fanning said. "Since I have been back to Harris County, it has started to feel like home again. I have been friends with the dudes there for years, so when I started back a few weeks ago, it felt like I had never left. I loved the coaches and teammates I had at Auburn and it was tough to tell them goodbye, but everything happens for a reason and I am just looking forward to having a great senior year."

The 6-foot-6, 285-pound defender has kept in shape this summer and plans on being ready to play immediately for his new team this fall.

"I have been staying in shape and working hard all summer. I am going to play both ways at Harris County. I played a little tight end at Auburn and I should be playing a lot more there this fall and at defensive end. We have one of the best junior defensive linemen in the country (Jordan Jenkins) so we should be unstoppable upfront. Having Jordan will really help take pressure off me and let me make plays."

While Fanning's offseason has been filled with turbulence, his commitment to the Crimson Tide has remained stable.

"My commitment to Alabama is as solid as ever. I committed there because I had the best relationship with those coaches and players and I know Coach Saban and Coach Smart can help me develop into a great player. I may take some other visits, but I am solid to Alabama no matter what. I know that won't stop schools from recruiting me, but I will be at Alabama next year."

In the latest state rankings, Fanning has been rated the No. 9 prospect in the state of Georgia according to Rivals.com and the No. 10 defensive tackle prospect in the nation.

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