"I just felt so comfortable," Johnny Dwight said both before and after committing to Alabama on Tuesday. "Everybody is so friendly, I really love the coaching staff, they're pushing me to be the best."
The Rochell (Ga.) Wilcox County High defensive lineman actually waned to play for the defending champs his entire childhood.
"Growing up, I always wanted to play for Alabama," he admitted, laughing and nervous with his big news out. "It means a lot, I'm pumped up, happy and excited."
Dwight tried to commit earlier in the evening before finally getting a hold of Kirby Smart.
"I told my dad I was going to call Kirby, and he didn't pick up," he said. "I had some other people try to get a hold of him and about an hour later, they told me to call him.
"I told him I was ready to commit."
The top-notch recruiter snagged another emerging out-of-state talent.
"He was excited, pumped up," the 6-foot-3, 300-pounder said of his recruiting coach. "He talked to me about getting my grades up."
Academics were a big part of what the staff sat down and broke down with Dwight while on campus.
"I need an 18 on the test," he said of the ACT. "He (Smart) wants me to get my English and reading up. I'm going to take it when school starts back up."
In order to focus on getting the grades, Dwight won't deal with recruiting of any kind for the rest of the summer.
"I'm going to shut it down," he said. "I want to focus on the grades and everything."
In the meantime, however, he said he'll celebrate getting this major decision off his chest. The Tide led from wire-to-wire once the program offered early in May.
"Alabama is getting a good player," he said with a laugh. "They have me at d-tackle now and they talk about some end. I can play some end, I may start this year at end for my high school.
"I'm quick, I'm 300 pounds and I think I can fit in there well."
Dwight is considered a three-star prospect on FOX Sports NEXT/Scout.com, and he's the second defensive linemen to pledge Crimson in the last two week following O.J. Smith.