Decision on the horizon

Dalton Santos, four-star middle linebacker from Van, Texas, made an unofficial visit to Alabama. He worked out for the coaching staff, toured the campus and met with head coach Nick Saban. Santos plans to make a decision in the very near future. Andrew Bone has the latest news....




"It was my first-ever visit to Alabama," said Dalton Santos. "The area is beautiful. I really liked everything about it. I had high expectations going in. The visit definitely met those expectations.

"I toured the campus and facilities. They have everything you could ever want. They set a very high standard. The campus was really nice. Everything was beautiful."

Santos hit the ground running on his first day on campus.

"I worked out at the first morning session on Tuesday with coach Smart," he said. "He wanted to work with me and go through some drills. He thought I did really well.

"I really enjoyed working out with coach Smart. You want to play for a coach who has high expectations for you and is going to push you to be the best you can be. You also want to play for the coach. You want to wake up every morning wanting to go be an All-American for that coach. I feel like coach Smart is a guy I would want to play for."

Santos also spent quality time with the Tide's head coach.

"My dad and I met with coach Saban for about an hour," he said. "We talked about everything. We talked about the college, academics, the linebacker position. He talked about how they wanted me as a part of their program."

Santos wasn't shy about his feelings towards the SEC program.

"It's Alabama," he stated. "What can you not say about them. Everything there is great. They have everything you could ever want. They are a national powerhouse. They are a power in the SEC. They have great coaches. They are two years out of winning a national championship. They have a great team. I really like everything about Alabama."

Santos will not drag out the recruiting process much longer. He has trimmed the list to three schools.

"I will decide within the next two weeks," Santos said. "I want to decide before the start of fall practice. I have narrowed it down to Tennessee, Alabama and Texas A&M. I will have to say those three schools are equal. I don't have a favorite. My head is spinning in different directions right now. It's going to be a very tough decision for me. In my mind I don't know where I am going to go.

"At first location was going to play a factor. Now I don't feel like it's much of a problem at all. I am really close with my whole family. I feel like if I decided to go to a school 10-12 hours away my family would be fine with it. I think they would move to wherever I decided to go. I don't think they would have a problem with that."

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