Chandler Kincade has been dealing with recruiting longer than most. He's been committed to Pittsburgh since his sophomore year of high school and remains a Panther pledge despite picking up offers from Rutgers and Temple last week.
However, The Beaver Falls (Pa.) Blackhawk quarterback is making sure that he has options in recruiting in the process.
"This is really cool, I'm very grateful for all of it," he said. "For a school to potentially invest that much money in you, it's definitely a blessing. It's very cool."
While seeking offers from additional schools initially as a backup to the ACC-bound Panthers, Kincade took a trip to Alabama this week.
"I went down on Monday," he said. "It was awesome!"
"Everything is top of the line," he continued. "I got to watch A.J. McCarron's workout, which was also really cool. I will take a couple of things from his workout and do at home, others we don't have the machines for."
Kincade then spent some time with the two-time national champion QB.
"I got to meet him afterwards," he said. "He was really cool, he was really nice. He was talking to me about Alabama, a little but more than I had known."
The three-star signal-caller already knew the campus had great facilities and community, but he still came away impressed after spending the day in Tuscaloosa.
"I know it was a powerhouse and stuff like that, but everything was so impressive," said Kincade. "I expected it to be nice, but it blew me away at how nice it actually was."
But perhaps most important than the facilities and McCarron's workout was the one-on-one time the junior had with his possible future position coach without any other prospects around.
"I got to talk to Coach [Doug] Nussmeier, the quarterbacks coach, for about an hour," said Kincade. "We just talked about where I was at recruiting-wise, how many players they're taking and the competition they have every day at Alabama."
"I just told him that I just want to make sure that I'm protecting myself," he continued. "Pitt, tomorrow, can tell me that they're not interested in me and I can't be sitting there when I need to have a plan and know what I'm doing.
"Monday was good, he (Nussmeier) understood that."
Alabama has only offered two true quarterbacks in the 2014 cycle thus far, and as Kincade learned, it takes a process to snag the extension from the staff.
"He said there's a select few that they'll offer, a handful or so," he said. "If they like you, they'll come to see you throw at your school and then you go to camp and throw for Nick Saban. That's how you get the offer.
"A lot of schools are talking to my coach to come see me throw at a spring workout. Alabama is one of them."
Kincade is currently rated the No. 13 quarterback in the class on FOX Sports NEXT/Scout.com.