Tyler Carr has long been unofficially down to Alabama, Auburn and Georgia within his recruitment, and he has recently been public about his intent to make a decision sooner rather than later. After a camp showing last weekend, he decided to spend two more days in Tuscaloosa with some specific questions about Nick Saban's program and players.
The Gadsden (Ala.) Southside four-star prospect, projected as a tackle by Alabama and as a guard by Scout, wanted to see how the current Alabama offensive linemen were as a unit, how they got to Tuscaloosa and more.
"I got to hang out with some of the guys, see what they were like," he said. "I really enjoyed my time, I had a great time. I wanted to see if they were the type of guys I could fit in with and see myself with for the next three or four years. I was feeling them out, I guess, seeing what brought them here and how they really are.
"I hung out with all of them a good bit, it was Ryan Kelly, Joshua Casher from St. Paul's, and some of the other guys. I really liked the guys, they seem like a good, smart group and really care about what they're doing."
Arguably the biggest question, how he'd fit in with the group should he sign with the Crimson Tide, was seemingly answered on the trip.
"I really do think I can fit in with these guys, I can see myself playing with these guys."
Beyond the current players, Carr spent time with several coaches, including strength coach Scott Cochran during player workouts, in addition to catching a tour of the campus and of Bryant-Denney Stadium.
Meeting with potential position coach and recruiter Mario Cristobal and Saban closed out the day Friday before he left.
"They (the coaches) said they really wanted me and that I'm one of the top guys on their board right now," he said. "It's really important to them that I like the place. I enjoyed seeing what they have to offer. They've recruited me hard, they've been after me pretty good. Cristobal wants me to play tackle there.
"It helped them, there were some holes and questions that needed to be answered...but it's still pretty even (with the other schools) right now."
Still not ready to name a favorite between the trio of SEC options, Carr has made it known that a decision could come this month.
"They know I'm committing earlier than I once planned, I don't know a date yet, but all the coaches know," he said. "Between now and then there will be a lot of praying, a lot of thinking.
"I haven't planned it all out just yet, but I don't have any other plans before committing right now. Just a lot of thought…"
Carr, tabbed the No. 20 offensive guard prospect in the country and as a member of the Scout 300, will likely have a small, intimate ceremony either at Southside Gadsden High or at his house when he is ready to pull the trigger.
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