Teammates take in Tuscaloosa

Alabama hosted a large group of top juniors and sophomores over the weekend, including groups of teammates, but only the two-way athletes from Greater Atlanta Christian had offers from the Crimson Tide going into the trip. Darius Slayton and Micah Abernathy break down their first impressions of Tuscaloosa and more inside.

Class of 2015 athlete Darius Slayton picked up an offer from Alabama of late and his Norcross (Ga.) Greater Atlanta Christian teammate Micah Abernathy did the same just days later.

It's a trend that Alabama and many teams have increased of late, considering it has yielded solid results.

Crimson Tide assistant Kirby Smart recruits each, each plays both offense and defense, each projects as a cornerback on and each took his first visit to Tuscaloosa over the weekend.

"It went well," Slayton said. "The best part was probably getting to sit down with Coach [Nick] Saban and talk.

"He pretty much said I can play either side of the ball but he will allow me to play whatever my preference was."

So what does the 6-foot-2, 180-pound four-star prefer?

"Not completely sure to be honest," he said laughing, before continuing on what stood out about Tuscaloosa.

"The facilities and the coaching staff," Slayton said. "It's a very impressive school and all the coaches and people there are respectable.

"Especially Coach Saban, because his personality is very different than the media makes him seem. He's a very mellow and chill guy and he doesn't seem mean or demeaning at all."

The champion head coach bucking the trend helped the Crimson Tide to a solid first impression for Slayton.

"It raised their stock, but nothing major," he said.

Abernathy and Slayton, package deal?

It did similarly with Abernathy, who made the trip separately from his teammate.

"It was good, we got to see a lot," he said. "I liked seeing the facilities and talking with coaches.

"The facilities were great and well kept. I can tell they take pride in what they have and I liked what the coaches had to say."

Saban and Smart each spent time with the 6-foot-1, 182-pound Abernathy on Saturday.

"Mainly talking about what they expect in their players and the kind of players they want," he said. "Coach Saban and Coach Smart liked that I can play more than one position.

"I definitely saw and heard things I like and I'm going to have to take Alabama into consideration later down the road."

While the three-star admits that he's not close to narrowing things down in the grand scheme of his recruitment, Alabama did what it was supposed to for their spot on his list.

"It was a great experience and I know it's a positive environment to play in," Abernathy said.

The two talented class of 2015 standouts' families are as close as the players are, and each admits it is the group that has talked about them playing together at the next level more than the two have to this point.

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