Higgins talks Tide visit, new offer

Alabama hosted a pair of Tennessee teammates on Saturday and each traveled home with plenty of positive things to say of the Crimson Tide program. One says Alabama leads and the other, 2017 four-star Tee Higgins, picked up a scholarship offer during his initial trip to town.

Already pegged as a four-star talent by Scout.com, Oak Ridge (Tenn.) rising-junior wide receiver Tee Higgins has compiled a nice verbal scholarship offer list to go along with the rating. The in-state Tennessee Volunteers, fellow SEC programs LSU and Georgia as well as ACC programs Clemson and North Carolina all extended prior to the weekend.

But on Saturday, the hope was from Higgins was to earn an offer from a school he was visiting for the first time, Alabama.

It played out near ideally and the news came down from Nick Saban, himself.

“I was sitting in coach Saban's office and he was talking to me about the program,” he said. “Then he offered. I was shocked because I'm just a sophomore going into my junior year and ‘Bama offered.”

Higgins traveled to Tuscaloosa with teammate Darel Middleton, a two-way three-star already with a Tide extension. Both enjoyed the trip, as Middleton placed UA atop his list and the younger Oak Ridge standout elevated the Crimson Tide to a group he hasn’t yet created.

“Um, they might actually be top five for me,” he said. “But I haven’t really made up one yet. Alabama is in there because they show a lot of love! The fans and how they are in the community.”

Before coming to that point, Higgins spent the most time with area recruiter and assistant coach Bobby Williams both in the offices and around the Capstone.

“He showed me the recruiting, part of the stadium and other stuff,” Higgins said. “The campus is nice and the weight room is as well.”

The successful initial Tuscaloosa experience has Alabama in solid early position for one of the top Volunteer State prospect’s services. But he expects plenty this summer while hitting the camp circuit because of his ability.

“I work hard no matter what, I might not be as big but I'm working on that,” he said with a laugh. “And I listen to what the coaches have to say.”

As for his eventual decision, though, it won’t be a football coach or parent who guides the end of the commitment and signature process.

“My sister is going to help me decide what school to go to,” Higgins said. “She's been through college before.”

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