Growing up an Auburn fan and committing to the Tigers in January, many felt the recruitment of Quinnen Williams was all but completed. But many programs, including Alabama, never slowed on the Birmingham (Ala.) Wenonah standout defensive lineman and now his name resides on the Crimson Tide's commitment list.
On Friday, during an invite-only cookout event, Williams and his father Quincy took their first trip to Tuscaloosa since the June 30 decision.
"It was wonderful," he said. "It was good to follow up with some future players that I'll be playing with. It was humble experience to meet the coaches' family. It felt real different, in a good way because I'm apart of the 'Bama family now and everyone welcomed me with open arms.
"My father and I really enjoyed the family atmosphere yesterday."
The laid back nature of the event, with plenty of games and food while minimal recruiting was taking place, was a welcomed change of pace for commitments and targets alike -- Williams included.
"It was a joyous occasion, we talked about life at 'Bama, they're really looking forward to me being on campus," he said. "We talked about the up coming season, I had some great conversations yesterday and I'm looking forward to many more. It was with Nick Saban, Bo Davis, (Mario) Cristobal, Kirby Smart, really the whole staff.
"We kind of wanted to get away from football and just kind of enjoy the moment."
When football and college did come up, the in-state commitment wasn't shy about sharing his experience with other UA pledges and many targets while in town.
"Yes, I had fellowship with other prospects, we talked about everything that 'Bama has to offer their student-athletes," he said. "I shared my experience with them about being a 'Bama commit and how it changed my life."
Williams reports solidity with his Alabama pledge following the trip. He has no plans to see any other college campuses.
"I'm very comfortable with decision, my father and I really feel I made a great choice," he said. "We both love everything about Alabama. I felt at home and I'm looking forward to returning to campus and competing for a starting position and helping 'Bama win more championships.
"I'm focused on my senior year, working hard and getting my body right to compete in the SEC."