It's been an interesting year for Foley (Ala.) standout Darius Paige.
He survied controversy surrounding his transfer from Pensacola (Fla.) Washington to the school and ended up being cleared by the AHSAA before the season started en route to a dominating 2012 campaign.
Paige, who remains firmly committed to Alabama, was able to crack the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic roster with fellow elite players in the Yellowhammer State, and he's held his own at practice thus far in the week.
"It's been a great experience, I'm having a lot of fun," said the three-star defensive tackle prospect.
The trip to Montgomery, the site of the practices and for Saturday's game, has enabled the soft-spoken lineman to bond with fellow top-notch players. The group has been as laid back as possible, even giving each other nicknames.
Paige's just happens to be "socks" because of his interesting choice of colorful presentations to sport underneath his cleats for each practice.
One of the guys jabbing his fashion the most is also headed to Alabama. Ardarius Stewart, who is playing defensive back for Team Alabama, has been rooming with Paige.
"It's cool, he is a funny guy," the 6-foot-4, 292-pounder said. "We talk about everything about Alabama."
While things have been laid back and casual in the early part of the week, the future Tider admitted some recruiting may be going down later on. But he didn't want to name names.
"Not yet, but I will be," he said of recruiting.
"He's full speed every play, he's a go-getter," he said of his top target on the roster.
When asked what he is selling, Paige talked about what it means to go to Alabama.
"It's just the feel for it," he added.
The senior will take his official visit to Tuscaloosa on January 18, and it will be his first time there since the Iron Bowl.
"I'm just looking forward to having fun," said Paige. "The coaches tell me to keep working hard and working on my grades, and to focus."
Alabama takes on Mississippi's best Saturday at noon.