‘Bama visits 4-star OT Baldwin

Alabama has long prioritized tackles for the class of 2016, and offensive line coach Mario Cristobal visited one of his top targets at the position on Monday. ASA College four-star Charles Baldwin details the meeting and when his initial Tuscaloosa trip may take place.

Shortly after national signing day 2015, Charles Baldwin became a name to know in recruiting circles within the class of 2016. He picked up several national offers at that point and his tape resulted in a four-star rating on Scout.com.

The Brooklyn (N.Y.) ASA College standout, labeled as “an NFL OT” by head coach Chris Boden, has already witnessed several of the offering programs stop by the school with the Spring evaluation period kicking off last week. Ole Miss and Oklahoma met with him before this week. Alabama kicked off this week by seeing him.

“Alabama came today, it was cool. I got a chance to meet and speak with coach (Mario) Cristobal. We talked about the need for offensive linemen and how my style of play is a good fit for ‘Bama’s offense. He’s a cool coach and he gets fired up,” Baldwin said with a laugh. “Before we did one-on-ones, he got fired up with us.”

The aggressive and intent style of Cristobal resonated with one of America’s top junior college athletes.

“I like a coach that wants to kick the defense’s ass just as bad as we do,” he said.

The next step from the Crimson Tide perspective is to get Baldwin on campus.

“We didn’t talk about visits today, but we did a couple of weeks ago on the phone,” he said. “I’m looking to visit in the summer and if not then, sometime after that.

“I like Alabama, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Georgia and South Carolina. Ohio State and LSU have been in contact with my coaches, so hopefully soon those two will offer. The plan going forward is to choose a school after all five of my (official) visits, maybe earlier if I feel it’s right. Then graduate in December and got to my D-I team ready to earn a starting spot.”

Baldwin added that Alabama and Oklahoma are currently recruiting him the hardest, followed by Ole Miss and Georgia.

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