The latter is what offensive line coach Mario Cristobal has been up to with the trench prospects on radar and on the commitment list, hence his time Monday night in California with five-star Dominick Jackson and his family.
"It was great, I'm just happy my family is now part of the 'Bama family," he said. " He talked about school, the great opportunity I have and how that when I get there how I can change my family's life and the only thing that can stop me is myself."
In particular, Jackson's mother was happy to meet the Tide assistant.
"It was great to see the fam with him," he said. "And I'm happy coach and my mom have a great relationship already, so that's great.
"My family loves him and my fam really loves 'Bama for what they can provide after football, when off the field you know what I mean?"
The meeting also served as grounds to lock in an official visit to Tuscaloosa, set for the week of January 17. It will be Jackson's first time in Tuscaloosa.
The nation's top junior college offensive lineman says his commitment has been rock solid "since day one," and Cristobal has plenty to do with it.
"He was trying and making sure him and my family have that unbreakable bond that we do," he said. "That's what I really like the most."
With the season over for the College of San Mateo (Calif.), the 6-foot-7, 315-pounder is solely focused on his academics.
"I'm still on track, May is when I graduate," he said. "I get there in June I guess, their next enrollment, I don't know, all I know is I'm on track."
Jackson doesn't have any other visits planned at this time.