'It was 'Bama being 'Bama'

One of the top juniors in the Volunteer State was in Tuscaloosa on Saturday to see Alabama's win over their SEC rivals. The four-star wasn't surprised about the game, but his interaction with Nick Saban beforehand let him know just how good the No. 1 program thinks he can be.

Drew Richmond has had a who's who offer list of the nation's elite for some time despite being just a high school junior, with Alabama and Tennessee offering the Memphis (Tenn.) University School offensive tackle early in the process.

On Saturday, the 6-foot-6, 290-pounder took in Tuscaloosa for the battle between the nation's top program and the in-state SEC program pursuing him the most.

"It was 'Bama being 'Bama," Richmond said shortly after leaving Bryant-Denney Stadium on Saturday.

The reference was pointed towards the home team taking care of the home field against a program it was supposed to defeat, doing so by a score of 45-10. While he may have expected similar, the early four-star was notified of big news by Nick Saban before the Tide took the field.

"I talked to Coach Saban before the game," he said. "He told me they need tackles in a bad way."

The top offensive junior in the Volunteer State is a priority for the Tide's 2015 class.

"I feel like I am, honestly. I was honored," he said, before adding how much the interest is reciprocated. "And of course I think highly of them. It's 'Bama."

Richmond also thinks highly of the Tide's starting left tackle and likely early NFL Draft pick Cyrus Kouandijo after seeing him hep lead a potent offense on Saturday.

"I was watching Cyrus, he played pretty well!" he said. "He's athletic and crazy strong."

Despite the outcome and familiarity with both programs on the field, Richmond is still not ready to make big moves within his recruitment.

"It was clearly lop-sided," he said laughing. "But I didn't feel any type of way. The fans and the atmosphere stood out, too."

With plenty of SEC offers and multiple visits to several programs already under his belt, the junior does know when he may be ready to come out with favorites to this point in the process.

"It's still early, I'm ending the 'offer stage' in my recruiting in February," he said. "Then I'll come out with my top five after signing day."

Richmond is considered the No. 15 junior offensive tackle in America by Scout.com.

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