‘This one really made my day'

Bowman Archibald is among the hottest juniors in the Sunshine State, picking up more than a dozen offers since his 2013 season ended including several in the SEC. Alabama threw its hat in the mix for the early three-star and it could go a long way.

"I'm pretty excited about it," Bowman Archibald said Thursday.

The 6-foot-5, 240 pound Dade City (Fla.) Pasco standout tight end is referring to his latest scholarship offer, as Alabama came through for him.

"My head coach from Pasco High told me to call a number, so I talked to Lane Kiffin," he said. "He liked my film and offered me a scholarship. Then I talked to Coach [Nick] Saban for about 15 minutes…

"I've been receiving letters from Alabama and talked to some coaches over Facebook, but it kind of surprised me. It was crazy, I'm still shaking a little bit."

Saban gave Archibald the rundown on Tuscaloosa's main attraction.

"He told me he was going to describe Alabama in a nutshell, he told me about all the programs it has to offer, how it was the most winningest program and one of the best in history," he said. "He told me about after football how Alabama can help you get a career, and takes care of you.

"Sounds like a pretty good deal."

The Crimson Tide's new offensive coordinator was more about X's and O's with the big pass-catcher.

"Coach Kiffin told me they want me as a true tight end, hand on the ground," Archibald said. "Coach says ‘Bama is going to use two tight ends most of the time, so he wants me with my hand in the ground. He said he likes the way I move, he likes my hands, how physical I am and how I roll up my hips when I block.

"I would describe myself being very physical, I do whatever it takes to get the football and do whatever it takes to block. I do whatever I'm asked of. "

Despite never having set foot on Alabama's campus, the scholarship offer has had a big affect on the top class of 2015 tight end. The coaching staff has invited him to A-Day in April, which he plans to attend.

"This one compares to the top, it's Alabama, it would be an honor to play there," Archibald said. "It has established itself as one of the top football schools in the nation. All of my offers excited me, but this one really made my day that's for sure.

Without listing favorites at the moment, the recruiting process could be sped up considering his plans to graduate from high school after the 2014 season.

"My goal is to graduate early and enroll early," Archibald said. "I'm taking online classes, I'm already ahead of my credits. My goal is to commit before school starts next year. My goal is to commit and stick with it.

"I think the thing that's going to separate schools is the facilities, what it's like, what campus was like, what do the kids think. I also want a good vibe with the coaching staff, I want the stadium to fill up and I want to play. I don't want to sit on the bench for three years."

Holding offers from Florida, Miami, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, UCF and Tennessee among others, the most recent extension vaulted above the rest.

"Alabama is definitely at the top, " Archibald said. "It's the top school in the nation, they graduate more players than any school in the nation, they help get you a job, they have the best coaches in the nation….the list goes on and on."

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