Alabama dipped into Louisiana on Monday with the commitment of four-star defensive tackle T.D. Moton, the second such prospect Nick Saban has been able to land after snagging wide receiver Daylon Charlot from the bayou in February.
The four-star wide receiver, tabbed as the No. 38 talent at the position nationally by Scout.com, hasn't been back to Tuscaloosa since making the decision right before national signing day 2014. However, it doesn't reflect his status with the Crimson Tide, as he maintains he is as solid as he ever was.
Since then, the Patterson (La.) star has been honing his craft for the summer and ultimately his senior season.
"I've been doing really well," Charlot said. "I'm working out, lifting weight and running every day. I've got to get stronger from here on out. I'm trying to get faster, but I'm not trying to gain any more weight, so I've been running with a parachute every day after school.
"I want to run a 4.3 (second 40-yard dash). I ran a 4.39 at a camp, I felt good about it at first because I was running a 4.4 for forever. That's a big accomplishment for me."
"I'm a play-maker, I make plays," he said. "Once you put all the players together on the field, ratings go out of the window and you find out who's the best. I just want to prove everybody wrong. At every camp you go to, everyone will talk someone up like ‘this is the highest ranked dude.' Then you go to camp and just destroy him…but rankings really don't mean anything.
"I just want to show everyone that I'm one of the best in the country. I just want to get in work and make myself better."
Charlot maintains his status with Saban and company, though he does anticipate LSU offering soon. His relationship with Billy Napier and Burton Burns has only strengthened his pledge.
"I made my decision and I'm going to stay committed," he said of UA. "I'm not changing my mind or anything; I'm just bettering myself which makes it better for the program.
"I talk to them (Alabama) almost every two days. We have a great relationship on and off the field, so when I need to work on the field I'll be very comfortable with him. Him and Coach Burns."
"I'm going to stay committed…I'm not changing my mind or anything."
Because of the relationship and his consistent status, Charlot says other schools have backed off of recruiting him as much, to some degree at least. All eyes will be on him when he competes in Baton Rouge, though.
"It has kind of died down, because it's your decision," he said of others recruiting him. "I don't talk to LSU at all; really, they probably will offer me, though. I went to their camp freshman year and there was hype about me…then they didn't offer me. I was waiting for three years."
Sometime after the LSU trip, the 6-foot, 180-pound threat will return to Tuscaloosa and get some work in with potential future teammates.
"I will be there in July for their camp," he said. "I've been there like five times, so I'll just workout with the players and commits, stuff like that. I talk to (fellow four-star commitment) Mekhi (Brown) every now and then; our relationship is getting closer and closer. He seems like an open guy, and I'm an open guy, too."
Charlot has a class of 2016 four-star teammate and wide receiver running mate named Mykel Jones, who recently added an Alabama offer himself. Will the Patterson duo continue playing together at the next level?
"I just tell him it's a very great place to be and very great people to be around," he said. "We are from the same place, so I told him whatever I like, he'll like.
"But I mean, you know at the end of the day it's his decision."
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