When you consider some of the tactics that have been used by high school recruits in their commitment ceremonies – tattoos, live animals, black outs – we should not be surprised that a human child would become prominently involved. We’ve seen it a few times before, like when Richie Brown tasked his infant nephew with helping him choose Mississippi State, but La Salle (Cincinnati) wide receiver Derek Kief took his ceremony to a whole other level.
Kief has been very active in keeping folks informed about his recruiting, updating DerekKief.com and releasing his top five of Notre Dame, Kentucky, Ohio State, Alabama and Northwestern in an elaborate poster incorporating the logos of all five schools. When it came time to make his choice, he did not disappoint.
In a sharply produced video that included covers of Lil Wayne’s “How to Love” and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” and his entire family donning Tide gear, Kief displayed his sister Zoey wearing an Alabama shirt to declare his commitment. After that you get a plethora of slow motion hugs to celebrate, a thank you from Derek and a photo of him posing with Nick Saban.
It was a successful recruiting weekend for Saban and the reigning champs, who also got a verbal from four-star QB recruit David Cornwell Friday.