Tide coaches made 3-star QB feel 'at home'

Already on the Power 5 radar with multiple offers, class of 2016 three-star quarterback Augie DeBiase has been busy on the visit circuit since the summer. This past weekend's stop was Tuscaloosa, Alabama, for a closer look at Nick Saban's program.

Though it wasn't his first time within the confines of Bryant-Denny Stadium for a game, Saturday's experience with the Florida Gators in town was a different one for Augie DeBiase.

The three-star junior quarterback out of Neptune Beach (Fla.) Fletcher High School got to take in an SEC atmosphere and spend time with Alabama's coaching staff in the process.

"It went awesome," he said. "I had a really great time and I had some good conversations with Coach (Lane) Kiffin, (Kirby) Smart and (Mario) Cristobal. They just talked about how they liked me, and they wanted to come watch me play. And they also wanted me to make sure I kept In touch with them.

"I went to a game last year but this year, it was just a great atmosphere. The stadium was packed and it was rocking."

The 6-foot-2, 225-pound DeBiase, already with offers from Virginia Tech and Indiana, got his closest look at Tuscaloosa yet.

"The coaches made me feel like I was at home," he said. "And the school overall is beautiful and I love the school pride. I've been to several other places and 'Bama is right up there at the top in every category.

"An offer from them would be a dream come true. I've always dreamed of playing in the SEC at a big-time program with great coaches and 'Bama fits that description very well. I've got to keep working hard."

While he didn't get the scholarship offer while on campus, he says he'll be in touch with Nick Saban's staff going forward. In between campus tours and talks with the staff, the game captivated his interests.

DeBiase says quarterback Blake Sims' record-breaking performance stood out.

"I loved how hard he played I also really thought that when people were covered or a play broke down, he kept calm and made a play with this legs," he said. "He did a great job overall of trusting his teammates and letting them make plays.

"I was watching Sims the whole time. I actually met him after the game but I was watching the matchup between VH3 (Vernon Hargreaves) and Amari Cooper. And of course those running backs 'Bama has..."

Though unable to sit-down with the Crimson Tide starting quarterback, he delivered his message in short time.

"He was very busy so we didn't talk much, I just told him 'good game and Roll Tide!'" DeBiase said.


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