It's not always about the best, though this list of recent commitments in the state of Alabama begins with one of the best of the group.
Prospects up and down the Yellowhammer State have been taking late official visits, learning of offers and pulling the trigger to schools all over the South and beyond.
Scout has information on more than a dozen decisions that went down within the last week.
Marlon Humphrey headlined the commitments in the state this week, sticking with the program he knows best, Alabama. The five-star Hoover (Ala.) cornerback will play where his father, Bobby, did as an All-American running back.
" (I committed) because that was best for me, that's all…" he said.
To compete against Humphrey in the SEC, Hoover (Ala.) Spain Park offensive lineman Jervontius Stallings selected Kentucky.
"I fell in love with the place on my visit," Stallings said of his January 17 trip to Lexington. "I loved the coaches and the players and the people at the school, what they're all trying to do as a program."
Mobile (Ala.) McGill-Toolen running back Ito Smith is headed to Southern Miss, a school that always seems to recruit the state well.
"Well I just love Coach Monken's offense, and Coach Carr, who recruited me, was very honest with me the entire time," Smith said. "Southern Miss is a program on the rise and I wanted to be a part of it."
South Alabama earned the commitment of Huntsville (Ala.) running back Deonta Moore on Thursday evening.
"My coach put me in touch with them last week and they said they would love to have me," Moore said. "They were excited about me joining the squad."
One of the state's best cornerbacks and Auburn (Ala.) three-star Antreal Allen won't go very far from home at the next level. He'll play his college ball at Georgia State. Allen is a one-time UCLA commitment.
Mobile (Ala.) Murphy High may have the steal of the state in wide receiver Kameron Maye, who picked Georgia Southern over several offers.
Will Young of Mobile (Ala.) McGill-Toolen joined a stacked FCS class in committing to Tennessee-Chattanooga.
Young's teammate at MTC, defensive end Herlandez Corley, is headed north. He pledged to Northern Illinois.
Pinson (Ala.) Clay-Chalkville running back Sidney Battle and Northport (Ala.) Tuscaloosa County defensive lineman Juwan Hackett gave verbal pledges to Delta State (Miss.).
Tyler Johnson is the latest to buy into Jacksonville State after their FCS semi-final run in 2013. The Glencoe (Ala.) offensive lineman committed the week after taking his official visit.
Hoover (Ala.) defensive end Dylan Ackerson committed to Sacred Heart.
Northport (Ala.) Tuscaloosa County offensive lineman Marshall Eads joins at least one former teammate at North Alabama
Speedy athlete Allen Cooks, also of Northport (Ala.) Tuscaloosa County , will commit to Lindsey Wilson (Ky.).
Alabama signs about 50 prospects to FBS schools every year, and another big group catch up with FCS, Division II or Division III programs. Over the last week or so, more than a dozen from the state have wrapped up their recruitment.