At 6-foot-1, 198 pounds, with good speed, it is no secret that Markell Boston is an above-average athlete out of Sharpsburg (Ga.) East Coweta High School. He picked up a half-dozen scholarship offers over his senior season and committed to East Carolina last week.
Just two days later, Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart stopped by the school to see the three-star, the first interest the Crimson Tide showed, and it resulted in an official visit over the weekend. It was his first time in Tuscaloosa.
"I met with Coach [Nick] Saban on Saturday," Boston said. "I didn't get an offer, they're keeping an eye on things with the numbers. It's a numbers thing with the scholarships.
"He said one will maybe come."
In addition to the meeting, breakfast at Saban's, campus tours and academic meetings, Boston spent time with a fellow defensive back.
"Maurice Smith, a.k.a. 'Mo,' was my host," he said. "He was really cool, he told me everything about the school from an educational standpoint and of course from the football side."
Coveted as a safety, Boston played wide receiver for three seasons before playing defense as a senior. The late attention from Alabama and many others has caught him off guard, and the process isn't over quite yet though he remains pledged to the Pirates.
"I'm very surprised, words can't even describe it because I was actually a late bloomer and to have these guys looking at my tape and evaluating me means a lot," he said. "I'm very thankful for all my opportunities that God has given to me and my family.
"Couldn't be more proud of myself."
In a three-day span, Alabama made contact with the Peach State sleeper and added him to the visit list. Not to mention he got to sit in with Saban.
"I talked to Coach [Kirby] Smart on Thursday for the first time," he said laughing. "They like my length, size and character because I smile a lot."
The man responsible for his progression at safety, East Coweta defensive coordinator Ahmand Tucker, says the "sky" is the limit for the senior.
"Markell has tremendous upside on the defensive side of the ball," he said. "He has great range, instincts, and ball skills.
"He is also a force in run support on defense. On the other side, he is an excellent route runner and possesses great hands."
Boston, who is ranked as Scout.com's No. 173 wide receiver prospect, will keep his options open until national signing day on February 5.
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