Four-star commitments host coaches

Alabama's coaching staff is all over the country this week looking for the final pieces of the 2014 puzzle, but it doesn't mean the pieces in place are to be ignored. The coaching staff saw a pair of four-star offensive commitments in the Midwest this week and each details the visit inside.

Derek Kief has had more time off than most Alabama commitments as Cincinnati (Ohio) LaSalle lost several close games this fall, failing to make the playoffs.

However, the four-star wide receiver never wavered on his Alabama commitment, and he was paid a visit by offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier Wednesday.

"It was good, it was nice to catch up with coach," he said. "It wasn't about anything specific, we just talked about everything and anything. He asked if I had any questions, stuff like that."

Kief and his future play-caller have maintained considerable contact throughout the recruiting process.

"We have a solid relationship, we talk at least once a week, sometimes more," he said. "We set up an official visit. Mine is like January 17 or something like that, that weekend."

During the 90-minute in-home visit, Kief was able to share to the coach what he's focused on in between his senior high school season an freshman campaign at Alabama.

"I'm getting ready to get down there," he said. "Working on strength, speed, size, quickness, receiver skills, etc."

Keif is currently pegged as the No. 42 wide receiver prospect in the class on

On the same evening, Alabama sent Mario Cristobal to check on four-star offensive line commitment Ross Pierschbacher in Cedar Falls, Iowa. He's also set to see Tuscaloosa for 48 hours the weekend of January 17.

"It was real good, we talked about a lot," he said. "Just my importance to the program.

"Just how I could contribute early."

The No. 3 offensive guard prospect in the class of 2014 has always viewed the prestige and system at Alabama as a major reason for making the switch from the home-state Hawkeyes, and Cristobal reemphasized that point in person.

"It meant a lot," Pierschbacher said of the coach spending time in the Midwest. "Just showing him what I come from and also to show people in my school and home what I'm going to be a part of."

While still receiving some negative attention for the flip from Iowa, the Under Armour All-America selection has perspective with that part of the process.

"The people that matter to me are excited for me and proud!" he said.

Cristobal, known for energy and intensity, made a positive impression on the household.

"They (the Pierchbacher family) liked him a lot and thought he was comfortable to be around," he said.

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