Dre Kirkpatrick chooses Alabama over Texas

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Dre Kirkpatrick, the nation's No. 1 cornerback according to Scouts Inc., decided to stay close to home by choosing Alabama over Texas.

Kirkpatrick, a 6-foot-2, 180-pounder, had made his final recruiting trip to Texas 10 days ago. But it wasn't enough to sway him from leaving his home state and playing for the Crimson Tide.

Kirkpatrick went through an elaborate process in making his selection. As he turned past a Texas hat, he said the Longhorns "had no swagger."

He then opened a large box that had a black Alabama hat stashed inside of it.

"Texas was a great school and I loved it," Kirkpatrick said. "I loved [Texas] coach [Mack] Brown, [Texas defensive backs] coach [Duane] Akina and [Texas running backs coach Major] Applewhite. But I couldn't go against my home state. It had something to offer and that's why I stayed home."

Kirkpatrick would have been an ideal defensive player in the Big 12, where he would have been tested by the strong passing offenses in the conference. Instead, he decided it made more sense for him to stay close to home.