Chris Black talks official visit

Chris Black, National 100 wide receiver from Jacksonville-First Coast, Fla., took an official visit this past weekend to the University of Alabama. The Tide commitment talked in-depth about the trip and the showdown in two weeks against LSU.

"The visit to Alabama was great," said Chris Black. "I really enjoyed it. I got up there late Thursday night. I couldn't do anything until Friday.

"We had breakfast and met with the coaches on Friday. I was with the team most of the day. We really did a lot of different things. It gave me a better feeling of what actually goes on. Overall I had a great time."

Black's player host for the weekend was freshman Christion Jones. He spent time with several Tide players and recruits.

"I was also with [Marquis] Maze, Duron Carter and a lot of other players," he said. "I met Trent [Richardson]. I met other recruits like Ryan Anderson, Dillon Lee, Cyrus Jones and Tyler Hayes. I was around all those guys.

"We were trying to recruit Barry Sanders. Some other players and I talked to him. We have a real good class. We want to win a national championship. Barry Sanders is a great running back. He would be a good asset. We have good receivers with me and Amari Cooper coming in. It would be great to add another good running back."

Black spent quality time with the Tide's head coach who offered plenty of good advice.

"Coach Saban was pretty much giving me some pointers," Black said. "He was telling me what it takes. He can't wait for me to come, and I can't wait to get there.

"He told me I need to come in thinking about progress. He was telling me what it takes to be one of the top guys. A lot of guys come in from high school thinking they are the top guy. You have to work to be the top guy once you are there.

"I spent time with the other coaches. I didn't really talk too much about football. We were just all hanging out. I have a good relationship with those guys. We just joke around and talk about whatever."

Black talked more about his second game experience in Tuscaloosa.

"The game was great," he said. "It was crazy with all the fans. They keep up with their football. They were yelling my name. That stood out to me. The game gets more exciting everytime I go."

Black also discussed the best part of the visit.

"The best part, besides the game, was hanging out with the players," he said. "The players really make you feel at home. They treat you good. They make you feel at home. That's why I am comfortable there."

Black will return for the epic showdown November 5th at Bryant-Denny Stadium when the Tide hosts LSU.

"I can't miss that game," Black said. "I think everyone is looking at Alabama as the underdog. That is what is so special. They have a great defense. The offense is getting better and better. They had a lot more intensity in the second half against Tennessee. They are going to need that the entire game against LSU."

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