Malcolm Faciane talks Alabama visit
"On Friday night we ate," said Malcolm Faciane. "Afterward the player I was with got to hang out a bit. He introduced me to some people. Next day, we got to eat some more. We got to tour the campus, the football complex, player facilities. At night my player host took me around, and we met up with some guys on the team."
Faciane was recruited by Jeremy Pruitt out of Picayune Memorial High School in Mississippi. He committed to Alabama back in mid-April of this year.
"Adrian Hubbard was my player-host," said Faciane. "Some of the guys I met and hung out with were Phillip Sims, Brian Vogler, Dont'a Hightower and Darius Hanks. Hanks had kind of a get-together at his place Saturday night. I also had a chance to speak briefly with Mark Barron."
Faciane, 6-6, 264, caught five passes at Picayune this season for 122 yard with three touchdowns before he sustained a season-ending ACL injury in the Brookhaven game. At the time the Picayune Maroon Tide was 6-0. They finished the season 8-3 losing in the first round of the 5A state playoffs.
"The season went pretty good before I got hurt," Faciane said. "My numbers were good considering we play in such a run-dominated offense. The rehab is coming along real well. I've got a lot of my muscle back now. Need to keep working on things, but I'm still planning on graduating in May and being on campus in June ready to go."
A selection for the Under-Armor All-American game, Faciane will probably not compete in the January game giving the cruciate ligament in his knee adequate time to heal.
"It was great to go to Coach Saban's house on Sunday for breakfast," said Faciane. "I liked the one-on-one time we spent with the coaches. Coach Williams was telling me how he was going to use me by moving me around a both tight end positions."
Faciane also has offers from in-state schools Ole Miss and Southern Miss. Their coaches are still interested in at least getting Faciane on their campus.
"I'd love to come back here (to Tuscaloosa) for another visit," Faciane said. "I may go check out another place, but don't really have any plans to right now. I'm pretty set as far as what I'm going to do for college."
Prestion Dial, who was the H-man in Jim McElwain's offense, is a departing senior. Michael Williams returns as does Brad Smelley, Chris Underwood, and Brian Vogler at tight end. Faciane's goal is to see the field in 2011.
"My goal is to get out there and help this team win another National Championship," said Faciane. "I may not get the starting job, but I want to work my way into the rotation."
Coach Saban has stressed bonding with your teammates to grow together as one unit. If this weekend is any indication, Faciane should be in good shape.
"The highlight of my weekend was getting to hang out with the players," said Faciane. "We had so much fun. I'd have to give the visit a perfect 10."
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