TUSCALOOSA — Alabama made two key defensive line additions to its recruiting class today but missed out on a third target.

Five-star defensive end Eyabi Anoma of Baltimore, Maryland, committed to the Crimson Tide today on a live ESPN2 broadcast.

But another five-star defensive end, Brenton Cox of Stockbridge, Georgia, chose his homestate Bulldogs over Alabama.

Earlier today, Alabama landed a pre-dawn commitment from coveted four-star defensive tackle Christian Barmore of Philadelphia.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Anoma is the No. 1 player in Maryland and No. 7 overall prospect according to 247Sports’ composite rankings. He is a prototypical edge rusher in the style of another former Northeast-area prospect, former All-American defensive end Jonathan Allen, that Alabama desperately needs.

Citing the competition created under head coach Nick Saban, Anoma chose the Crimson Tide over his homestate Maryland and Michigan after visiting Tuscaloosa earlier this month.

“It’s the Saban Era. Time in and time out, he just produces top-notch players that compete at a high level, and I want to go there and compete at a high level,” Anoma said. “Nothing’s going to be given to me, and I like competing against the top people in the country. So that’s why I’m going, so I can get top-notch competition.”

alex.byington@decaturdaily.com. Twitter @abyingtonTD.


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