Orlando (Fla.) Bishop Moore standout offensive lineman Parker Boudreaux is among the most well-traveled recruits in the class of 2016, but there was a national power in the south he hadn’t yet seen heading into the weekend -- Alabama.
Upon learning of his Crimson Tide offer in February, the rising-senior called the extension “probably the biggest offer you could get.”
In between stops at each SEC West school in Mississippi and Iron Bowl rival Auburn, the three-star guard projection took in Tuscaloosa for the first time on Sunday.
“I actually loved it, the coaches are really genuine people, they really care about you,” he said. “I talked to coach (Mario) Cristobal for about an hour and coach (Nick) Saban for about 20 minutes. It’s pretty different up there, the campus is real pretty, coaches were legit and the people around the program are pretty great. I got the chance to eat with some of the players for lunch, the culture is great, I had a good time.
“They treated me like I was a king up there. I was the only recruit, so they planned the entire day around me. They actually had the day off Sunday, but since I was coming coach Saban made sure all the coaches were there, that was cool.”
Part of the red carpet visit was intimate time with each coach, especially his potential position coach at the next level.
“Coach Cristobal is one of the coolest caches, he’s straight up, he won’t lie to you,” Boudreaux said. “He was saying how I’d be a real good guard type here, and I could play tackle, and he could just see me being really good there.
“I love coach Cristobal and coach Saban is a really cool dude. He’s all about the process and developing players into the best people they can be.”
Already planning a return trip to Tuscaloosa despite sitting on more than 60 verbal scholarship offers, one of the Sunshine State’s best was ready to place the defending SEC champions in his top group following his first visit.
“My dad and I made the trip, my mom was really busy but I’m hoping to get my mom up there for a game because I had a fun time up there,” he said. “The stadium was ridiculous; it was probably the biggest I’ve ever seen. I’ve been to Penn State, but Alabama looks like it holds a lot more. They’re (Alabama) probably in my top five, I loved it.”
Boudreaux added that there is no set list of contenders at this point, but the trim is expected to continue after his unofficial visits conclude in August. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State visits, beginning Thursday, are next on the docket.
Although there isn’t a concrete timetable for a verbal commitment, the criteria is in place.
“If it feels like home, if it feels comfortable and where you can have the most fun in four years…that’s important,” he said.
Scout.com tabs Boudreaux as the nation’s No. 23 guard in the class of 2016.
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