The 6’1, 176-pounder announced the decision despite the fact that his hometown school officially joined his recruitment on June 1 after McCutchin spoke with Longhorns cornerbacks coach Jason Washington.
However, despite the fact that the four-star prospect is from Austin, he grew up a fan of the Crimson Tide, which he called his “childhood dream school” when he announced his offer from head coach Nick Saban and his staff back in mid-May. Saban extended the offer personally.
The pace of the recruiting process by the Longhorns and how Texas handled it overall also had an impact on McCutchin, who is ranked as the No. 7 cornerback in his class by 247Sports.
“Alabama just recruited me harder,” McCutchin told CBSSports.com after his commitment. “With Texas, they have a really slow recruiting process. They told me things that they were going to do and then didn’t do them until after the fact that Alabama offered me and I started to blow up in my recruiting process and I really didn’t respect that too much.”
In contrast, McCutchin said that the Crimson Tide never lied to him, which he appreciated. Unsurprisingly, everything that Alabama has to offer made a major impression on McCutchin, too.
“Man, it’s just different when you get up there,” he said. “It’s a different vibe than anywhere — the energy is different, things like that. So I can’t imagine myself being anywhere else. They’ve got it laid out for you, you’re going to be successful, you’ve just got to want to do it and I want to do it.”
McCutchin also held offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Baylor, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and others. He’s ranked as the No. 121 prospect in the 2021 recruiting class by 247Sports.