All eyes have been on four-star Morganton (N.C.) Freedom running back B.J. Emmons for some time, but now it is the case from a national perspective.
“It’s kind of awesome,” Cynthia Martin, Emmons’ mother, said Friday. “It’s good for the town of Morganton since this is such a small town. He’s worked hard for the honor that he has, he puts in a lot of work for what he does. I’m real proud of him.”
The bruising running back chose Alabama on July 13 during his second visit to Tuscaloosa. It was the first visit for Martin, however.
“Alabama is the truth man, coach Saban, he’s a good man,” Emmons said. “The facilities, the football team, the program, academics and everything besides football, it’s a great school. I don’t see why anybody wouldn’t go there. Roll Tide.
“He (Saban) called me into his office, we went in there and talked, my mom was there, I was glad I got her down there for the first time. Ever since I went down there the first time it’s been on my mind. I had the chance to do it personally, so I shot for it. Roll Tide now, baby!”
The one-time Georgia commitment reiterated how much he’s learned about the recruiting process and confirmed reaching out to Alabama in the spring before the two sides had connected. A commitment has been contemplated ever since.
“Who doesn’t want to play for Alabama? That’s the question,” Emmons said. “When you go down there, you have to make sure it’s your fit for four years. I feel like that was my home. I was going to make it my home, I’m going to do what I have to do to be comfortable and fit in to work my way up the depth chart. I’m here now.
“I’m not worried about any other teams, I’m not worried about it. Roll Tde.”
Several programs continue to recruit the top-10 back, however.
“He hasn’t been taking any calls because once he was set on Alabama it’s a done deal. He’s not going on anymore recruiting trips,” Martin said. “If he goes on anymore recruiting trips or official visits it will be to Alabama. That’s where he’ll go, he’s not doing anything outside of Alabama. He doesn’t want them to feel like he’s not fully committed to Alabama. As far as him going anywhere else, it’s a done deal. It’s a wrap.
“They still call, they still Tweet, there’s mail everyday in the box, from somebody. He’s committed to Alabama, there’s no changing his mind this time.”
Emmons and Freedom opened the season Friday night against defending state champion Shelby (N.C.) High, falling 40-28. The four-star scored three touchdowns in the defeat, including one on a 107-yard interception return for six as the Patriots faced a fourth-and-goal attempt. He ran for 89 yards on 24 carries, including the two additional scores.