Carr impressed with ‘Cristobal in action'

Tyler Carr is very familiar with Alabama, having Nick Saban's program high on his list for some time and holding an offer from the school for even longer than that. However, he is still meticulous about building relationships with the coaching staff there, and did so with offensive line coach Mario Cristobal after spending most of Wednesday around him in meetings, practice and more.

Alabama hosted several prospects for practice on Wednesday, but Tyler Carr is currently the highest rated of the group that was in attendance.

In addition to checking out practice, with a focus on his potential position group on the offensive line, the four-star out of Gadsden (Ala.) Southside got to spend considerable time with Crimson Tide offensive line coach Mario Cristobal as well as Nick Saban before heading home in the evening.

"I really had a great time, got to talk to Coach Cristobal and Coach Saban both, so I was really able to get to know them better," he said. "And getting to see Coach Cristobal in action in order to see how he does things, that was the best part.

"Going into the film board, watching cadence and stuff like that. He put in new plays and then was trying to transfer that over to practice. Watching him critique his players, jump on them when they screw up and tell them how good they did when they did it right. Those are big things, and then seeing him in action with some of the younger guys, like (Cameron) Robinson, to see how he works with him – it was a pretty good thing to see. "

Coming from a run-oriented offense in high school, Carr was able to learn a lot from the balanced Alabama offense under new offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin.

"I watched what kind of pass sets, how they did the running game and different styles and ways they run things," he said. "It's just different from what we do back home, we run the Wing-T, so just about everything (at Alabama) is different from back home. I just really got to learn.

"Robinson really stood out; he impressed me being a freshman and doing a really good job. Going up against defensive ends, you know Alabama's front is one of the best in the country, and him being a freshman trying to get the hang of things…I thought he really handled the defensive line."


Cristobal during spring practice

While the practice was one of the highlights of the visit, there was a plan for the 6-foot-5, 314-pounder to learn more of his potential position coach and head coach should he select Alabama.

"I got to sit down and talk to him and figure out what he sees me as," Carr said of Crisotobal. "We were kind of feeling each other out, we talked about the depth chart and learned a lot from each other. Depth chart is really big, wherever I can try and get a starting position at early on is really big, they said they got a couple of guys coming in and moving around (on the line), and Cam is in there as a freshman, so he said I can fit in with my big body and long arms at tackle. That's what they're looking for.

"Saban went into depth with that as well, and we talked about being an early-enrollee and what that entails. Hopefully that's what we're looking at doing. I'm trying to get a better feel for them, so I have a more informed opinion about where I want to go."

Rated as the No. 12 offensive guard projection in America by Scout.com, Alabama covets the junior as a tackle prospect and has throughout their recruitment of him. Favorites have yet to be named, though it has been admitted on more than one occasion that Alabama, Auburn and Georgia are the programs most frequently in contact.

There's a certain comfort level at each place, though there may be some separation between the three at this point.

"I feel like I'm pretty comfortable at all thee and I can't go wrong at either of the three," he said. "When it comes to being on the campus, I'm probably most comfortable at Auburn because I've been there more than the others. I'm probably most comfortable around the coaching staff at Auburn, but I'm extremely comfortable around Coach Cristobal, me and him hit it off.

"We kind of expect the same things, not only in football, but in life. We're on the same page with what we're doing and things like that. It's just kind of tough to figure out which one will be the best place for me, it's going to be a hard decision for me."

Carr, who is currently tabbed as the No. 230 overall prospect in the class of 2015 on Scout, plans on attending Auburn's spring game on April 19. It is the only remaining visit on the docket before Southside Gadsden ramps up its own spring football practices.

At this point, a potential commitment is expected to be made during the latter-half of the football season, most likely "late October, early November."


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