2014 RB Talks ‘Bama Offer

Jonathan Vickers recently told Scout.com that Alabama was his favorite school growing up, and a solid camp showing on Monday created an opportunity for the 2014 RB to possibly play for the Crimson Tide as the program extended him a verbal scholarship offer.

North Florida Christian running back Jonathan Vickers already holds four scholarship offers, and his most recent extension came directly off of what a National Champion coaching staff saw from him over the course of Monday's camp.

"I just came in and did my best to be a leader in the groups," he said of his day at Alabama. "They were talking about me in the meetings I guess, and at the end of the camp I talked to coach (Nick) Saban – he said he wanted to offer me.

"He said I need to keep my grades straight and my mind right and he wants me to come to the school."

Admittedly somewhat of a Crimson Tide fan growing up, Vickers had several things run through his head while learning of his latest offer.

"I wouldn't say shocked but I was overwhelmed and I was happy," he said with excitement. "I was praying for it and it came through. I was trying to keep my composure. "

The showing on Monday was enough for the physically impressive rising junior - who stands 6-foot, 200 pounds – but it may have been what he brought to the table mentally that helped him snag the offer.

"There was a ton of guys out there," said Vickers. "There was a lot of competition, so I took leadership of the camp. I was showing guys around and explaining drills, and helping walk other guys through and coaches took note of that and they saw how much I was working and they were impressed."

Vickers, who now has offers from Alabama, Clemson, Ole Miss and Georgia Tech, says the Tide is standing out a bit more than the rest at the moment.

"Alabama…they're number one in the nation and I grew up as a kid liking Alabama and the running backs that came out of there," he said. "For me to come out to a camp for one day and for them to offer me was amazing, I'm just thankful."

As for the rest of the summer, it will be about focusing on the 2012 season for the 2014 runner instead of thinking about the recruiting process.

Said Vickers, "I'm just sitting back and taking it all in right now, this was my last camp for the summer. I'm done…just sitting back and hoping more come in."

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