It was wrong.
The five-star decommitted and committed to USC on the same day in late January. Ever since, Nick Saban, Lane Kiffin and company have been increasing its interest in top junior signal-callers all over the country.
On Friday, the quest took the staff to New Mexico, as it got word out to four-star Zach Gentry of Eldorado High in Albuquerque.
"Coach Saban called my head coach, then my coach set me up on the phone with him and Coach Kiffin," he said. "That's how I found out I was offered."
The extension is just the fifth in the cycle from 'Bama to a quarterback in the class yet to declare for a program. At 6-foot-6, 230 pounds, Gentry is the biggest the Alabama staff is currently coveting. The interest has already been reciprocated, too.
"They like my size, along with the strength of my arm and that I have good feet and speed for someone my size," he said. "I think it's a big-time program with obvious success.
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"The facilities are great, and the coaching staff is great as well."
Though he's never set foot on campus, that fact could change sooner rather than later.
"I haven't gotten the chance to visit yet," Gentry said. "I'm still looking into it with my family.
"But I think there's a strong possibility that I'll be out there sometime this spring."
The reasoning for wanting to get a first-hand look at the SEC power is not so hard to figure out.
"It's a big-time offer!," he said. "A huge program with great tradition and a lot of pride, something that isn't always apparent at other places."
With offers from Louisville, Tennessee, Oklahoma State, TCU and several others in addition to the Crimson Tide, Scout.com's No. 20 quarterback prospect nationally says he's still in the evaluation phase of his recruitment.
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