Alabama had its toughest game of the year by far on Saturday against Mississippi State. It took a hit in its recruiting class a couple hours before the game, losing one of its 2018 recruits. All star ratings and and rankings are from the 247Sports composite:

Three-star offensive guard Jarrett Bell decommitted from Alabama on Saturday. Bell is the No. 61 player from California and the No. 22 offensive guard in his class. He originally committed to Alabama on Aug. 7. He has eight other offers, including UCLA and Arizona.

Four-star defensive end Nathan Pickering announced his top five schools on Twitter, with Alabama making the cut. Pickering is the No. 51 overall player, No. 2 player from Mississippi and the No. 6 strong-side defensive end in the 2019 class. Besides Alabama, the 6-5/270-pound end listed Florida State, LSU, Georgia and Mississippi State as his other top choices. He finished with 72 tackles, 26 of which went for a loss, four sacks and three forced fumbles at Seminary HS in Mississippi this year.

Four-star wide receiver Alontae Taylor announced his top five schools on Twitter, with Alabama making the cut. Taylor is the No. 29 wide receiver in the country and the No. 4 player from Tennessee. The six foot, 182-pound receiver listed Louisville, Georgia, Wake Forrest and Georgia Tech as his other top schools. He played for Mach Speed at the Nike Opening earlier this year, and he was selected to play in the Under Armour All-America game.

Three-star cornerback and current Florida commit Divaad Wilson announced that he would take his official visit to Alabama when it hosts Mercer on Saturday. Wilson has been a Gator commit since Feb. 3. The six foot, 180-pound corner is the No. 39 cornerback in the country and the No. 65 player from Florida. He has 23 offers up to this point.

Four-star wide receiver Marquez Ezzard announced on Twitter that he decommitted from Florida State. Ezzard is the No. 11 athlete in the country and the No. 28 player from Georgia. He has 29 total offers, including one from Alabama, which he received on Jan. 25.

Class of 2018 offensive guard Mitchell Zoloty received a preferred walk-on from Alabama. Zoloty is from Bradenton, Fla. and plays for IMG Academy.

Current Alabama commit Emil Ekiyor will play in the Polynesian Bowl. He joins other current commits Tommy Brown and Cameron Latu playing in the game on Jan. 20.

In the world of Alabama basketball, three-star shooting guard Diante Wood committed to Alabama. The 6-4/175-pound guard is the No. 5 player from Alabama and the No. 54 shooting guard in the country. The Anniston native signed his official letter of intent on Nov. 8.

Three-star center Javian Fleming signed his official letter letter of intent on Nov. 9. He committed on Nov. 3.

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