Alabama goes west for a commitment

Alabama coach Nick Saban isn't adverse to going anywhere to land a good player.

The Crimson Tide picked up their 13th commitment for the 2011 class Tuesday when offensive lineman Isaac Luatua of La Mirada, Calif., informed Nick Saban that he planned to sign with the Crimson Tide.

The 6-2, 300-pound Luatua told ESPN's Greg Biggins, "Coach Saban is a winner and I'm looking forward to playing for him. He's tough and hard nosed and preaches toughness and discipline. I don't care about depth charts. I'm going to Alabama for the tradition, fan support and the academics. I'm going to give everything I got to the University of Alabama and to the state of Alabama. I have two simple goals, win a national championships and get my degree."

Luatua is Alabama's first commitment in the offensive line for the 2011 class. He's rated by ESPN as the No. 17 guard prospect in the country, but may end up playing center.

Alabama was ranked No. 3 nationally last week in ESPN's early rankings for the 2011 class.