Talley visits Tuscaloosa for the first time

Malik Talley is one of Alabama's most intriguing football prospects despite having as little experience at the varsity level.

Despite admittedly growing up an Auburn fan, Malik Talley was excited about his initial Alabama visit early in the week.

With Scout.com on hand to see him and several of his Scottsboro (Ala.) teammates, the basketball standout turned football prospect seemed nervous in discussing Nick Saban and the possibility of playing for the Crimson Tide.

"It was a really good visit," he said."I talked to coach Saban and coach (Bobby) Williams and two other coaches, but coach Williams said that he can't wait to come watch me and he said I was most definitely an SEC wide receiver prospect."

The news is further validation for Talley, who has only played one year of high school football for the Wildcats. He has always played more basketball, and continues to do so, though the gridiron is seemingly his ticket to a free education.

After racking up nine touchdowns as the team's vertical threat as a junior, including four in the playoffs against eventual state champion Pinson (Ala.) Clay-Chalkville, several schools have taken notice. Southern Mississippi and Middle Tennessee State have already offered, and the Crimson Tide isn't alone among SEC programs checking in with the long prospect.

Auburn and Mississippi State have recently been in contact, and the spring evaluation period could be the foundation of the rising-senior's offer-boom.

"I really think that's when they are going to offer me," Talley said of UA. "I loved it, though. I really enjoyed their team practice, I thought they brought a lot of excitement in practice and I want to be part of a team like them.

"I feel like I could really help them out and stretch out the field for them really good."

During the Crimson Tide practice session, all eyes were on the wide receiver group, where he says one former Scout.com five-star seems to be pulling away from the pack in the race to help replace Amari Cooper.

"(Robert) Foster is by far their best wide receiver," Talley said. "He was more athletic and better on his feet than any other receivers."


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