'They have everything you want in a program."

Laith Harlow, a junior from Tallahassee's Amos P. Godby High School, visited Tuscaloosa this weekend for the Tide's Junior Day. He came away from the trip exactly how Alabama coaches would have hoped; impressed, enthusiastic, and slightly overwhelmed with the program.


"I talked with Coach Saban this morning," said Laith Harlow. "He said they were a few weeks away from offering, possibly by spring. They're my No. 1. I liked everything about it. That's all you can say. They have everything you want in a program: fan support, perfect coaches, great facilities. It's the kind of place you can call home and want be for the next four years of your life."

Harlow is a 6-5, 240 tight end with offers from Miami, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Texas Tech, South Florida, Central Florida, Louisville, Kentucky, UCLA, and Georgia Tech. He's projected as one of the top rated tight ends in the 2012 recruiting class.

"Coach (Bobby) Williams really likes me," said Harlow. "He said I'm going to change it all in terms of how they use the tight end. I really think I can do something here. I feel like I could accomplish a lot with what Alabama has to offer."

It was Harlow's first trip to Tuscaloosa. He went with Godby assistant coaches, Jeremiah Wilson and Brian Williams, who said they were "satisfied" with the visit. Godby head coach, Ronnie Cottrell, has ties to the University of Alabama as an assistant coach during the Mike DuBose era. Harlow says he plans to return to the state soon.

"I've made trips to South Florida and Miami so far," said Harlow. "I'm coming back to Auburn's Junior Day in a couple of weeks. This summer though I plan on attending camp at UA and a Nike Camp at Florida State."

Godby used Harlow at both tight end and defensive end. Used primarily as a blocker in the Cougars' running, when Harlow received the ball, it usually went for big yardage.

"Last year I won a lot of my battles," said Harlow. "I was 83-percent on my blocking, and I'm hoping to be over 90-percent next year. This year I had 23 yards-per-catch, next year I want to be up around 27. I want to be an all-around better player and be rated as the No. 1 tight end in the nation."

Harlow has a teammate at Godby in T.J. Davis with an Alabama offer. Davis, a defensive back, was invited to Tuscaloosa, but could not make the trip. Harlow is glad he did, although it may be awhile before he pulls the trigger on a commitment.

"It has to be a place where I feel like I want to be there," said Harlow on his college decision. "Academics are important to me. If the school has a good journalism department then I'm going to pay closer attention to it. I may wait until closer to signing day to make a decision because I'd like to take my official visits."

Harlow is running track in the off-season in an effort to get faster. He wears No. 84 for the Godby Cougars.

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