Scout100 wide receiver prospect Darnell Salomon is quite familiar with the Alabama Crimson Tide despite being from not-so-nearby Miami, Florida. However, his mother is not, so they saw Saturday’s A-Day event as a chance to change that fact considering UA’s status within his top group.
After the trip, the rising-senior says ‘Bama has mom’s approval.
“Oh yea,c“ he said with a laugh. “That’s one of the requirements. She loves that place. It was a great visit. They showed me a lot. Especially for my mom. It was really for my mom, because I’ve been up there three times. It was for my mom to see how it is. She loved it and everything.”
Nick Saban met with the two at length during the visit, but many Crimson Tide coaches were apart of Salomon’s visit.
“She liked the academics and how they take care of their players,” he said. “She spoke to all the coaches, she talked to coach(Mario) Cristobal, coach (Billy) Napier and coach Saban. He (Saban) was telling me how I’m a big part of the recruiting class and how he wants me to go to Alabama, and how they take care of their players in the future.
Salomon is one of UA’s top offensive priorities.
“It shows me a lot, but every school has showed something. But they showed a lot, especially with academics and everything. It means a lot, because what I want to major in is business and marketing, and they have that department.“
Now playing for defending state champion Miami (Fla.) Central High School, Salomon has turned a lot of heads during the offseason circuit this spring. One coach on Alabama’s staff has kept up with it all, something often brought up on the trip.
“Coach Cristobal is from Miami, so he checks up on me a lot,” he said. “It’s real cool for him to do that, I’ve formed a bond with him because of where he’s from.”
After the game itself, one former Miami-area great at the same position was among the Alabama players to reach out to one of the top wide receivers in America.
“We got to see the game, we got to see the players, too,” Salomon said. “I saw Blake Sims and Amari Cooper. I got to talk to them. Cooper was telling me about how cool Cristobal is, and how he’s a great man. He said if you need somebody in your life, he’s the perfect man.
“Talking to him is big for me, knowing that he came from the really dirty south, where I came from, and he made it out. Seeing him do that gives people like me hope. “
Despite familiarity and now his mother’s, Salomon hasn’t named a leader in his recruitment. He is working with a top group comprised of Auburn, Texas, Oklahoma, Oregon, Florida State and LSU in addition to Alabama.
But the overall impression in Tuscaloosa was positive on many fronts.
“It was really just showing me how the offense works, and I loved it because they were throwing the ball a lot,” he said. “It seems like a place where it would fit me.”
Salomon is planning a summer decision at this time although an all-star game commitment is also being discussed.