Nick Saban and Alabama has hosted several players during this week, as many high schools and colleges alike are on spring break schedules. On Thursday, Spanish Fort (Ala.) three-star linebacker Tre Threat was on campus, and he picked up some big news along the way.
“I got to Alabama, they toured me around the academic center and everything, then came back to the Mal Moore center,” he said. “I sat down with coach Tosh Lupoi and talked to him about everything, then I talked to coach Kirby Smart and we talked scheme, defense, the positions I can play and everything like that.
“Then I had a meeting with Coach Saban at three (o’clock). He let me know that I have a scholarship offer from the university. “
The 6-foot-2, 225-pound state champion talent, a rising-senior, added an Auburn extension just last weekend. He’s among the hotter prospects within state lines, with a bevy of SEC and ACC options picked up of late.
“It was a great feeling, I feel like I’ve come a long way to accomplish this feat,” Threat said of the ‘Bama offer. “This is a big-time SEC offer, it felt great.”
Most programs have given the versatile prospect the option at the next level, play inside linebacker or play on the edge. He occupies many roles on the Toros defense, always a solid unit. Alabama mirrors the thought, though the discussion begins on the inside.
“I talked to coach Lupoi just to talk to him, with coach Smart we talked about him seeing me as an inside backer,” he said. “We also talked about Sam linebacker, which is the outside, but there wasn’t much about Jack, which is a half defensive end, half linebacker. He (Smart) sees me at inside linebacker, for sure.
“We talked numbers, the lineup, people going into the draft and anything. But playing Sam, coming down on the line of scrimmage and play on the tight end, stuff like that.”
No matter his projection from various schools, a preference doesn’t yet exist with Threat.
“I’ll play both, inside and outside, and I’ll even play defensive end if they need me to,” he added.
Admitting he also enjoyed learning Thursday of Alabama’s stress on academics should he select the program, Threat is still in the early evaluation stage of his recruitment. He lists no favorites, has no future visits set because of the time commitment baseball requires, despite planning on graduating in December.
Threat said he is aiming for a summer or in-season commitment.