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There is no need for concern about this recruit's grades

The University of Alabama has landed a prized recruit whose size, speed and quickness don't matter.

It's his brain and thirst for knowledge that count.

Austin High School junior Drew Tuggle was the only state student from 25,500 to make a perfect 36 score on the dreaded American College Test students took in October.

And, he says, he will attend The University and become a chemical engineer or a physicist.

The ACT is America's most widely accepted college entrance exam. It assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work.

Alabama and Auburn University are currently pursuing prospects for the voracious appetites of their football programs.

Having aced the test, 17- year-old Drew can have his pick of attending the nation's most prestigious universities on scholarship. That he's chosen to stay in state for his education is a recruiting victory for all of us. Alabama loses too many of its brightest students to out-of-state institutions, and many of them never come home.

Congratulations to Drew, his parents and the Decatur school system. His achievement is a team effort.

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