This was the case for Camden (N.J.) defensive end prospect Ron Johnson on Thursday, after beginning a relationship with Mario Cristobal over the last several months.
“I was surprised by the Alabama offer,” he said. “It was snowing outside, but it was pretty exciting, and me and my dad had been planning that trip for a while now.
“We’ve been talking for a couple of months now. Mario Cristobal is a nice guy. They put my tape on for the other coaches last weekend and said they would get back to me on Thursday. They sure did, and he surprised me with the big news.”
Upon seeing the tape and in addition to Nick Saban giving the green light to Cristobal to call Johnson, the Crimson Tide coaching staff was complimentary of the junior’s potential at the next level.
“They said I’m a good player and that they could turn me into something better with my size and speed,” he said. “I can provide a rush from the edge, I have good tackling ability and I hit real hard. My favorite player is Jadaveon Clowney, so…”
Looking at a late spring visit, the 6-foot-3, 235-pounder hasn’t been to any schools in the South.
“I want to see how I would fit in with the players, I want to feel the coaches are, the university itself, the campus, all of that,” Johnson said. “Alabama is a big deal in Jersey. If you get an Alabama offer, you’re that dude. It’s very rare, so people think it’s a big deal. I’m very honored.”
Currently tabbed as a three-star prospect on Scout, the 2016 standout reports that he’s in no rush to make a decision.