Kendell Jones shocked some with a verbal commitment to Alabama over in-state Texas and longtime favorite LSU and others during his spring game in late May.
He's been solid to Nick Saban's program ever since, but it hasn't slowed any programs from contesting UA for his pledge.
Les Miles' Tigers resonate most with the Louisiana native despite starring for Kileen (Tex.) Shoemaker High School and he was back in Baton Rouge Saturday for the Tigers' win over Western Kentucky.
"I went to LSU, it was wet to say the least but it was awesome," Jones said. "It wasn't a full game but the atmosphere was great and I was around family, which was great."
The five-star hears plenty from the program, but perhaps its biggest ace in the hole in a potential flip resides on the Greywolves' roster in a current four-star pledge.
"Rahssan Thornton," he said. "Our original plan was to go to LSU but things change. He's a fellow New Orlean, and he's committed to LSU, so his roots run deep there and his mind is pretty made up as well.
"'Bama is just a better fit for me, honestly. LSU was my first choice because it's my dad's team and it's home but we agreed 'Bama is just a better fit for me."
Texas, Arkansas and others may continue to receive Jones on their respective campuses, but he says it's simply a part of being a highly-coveted recruit at this point.
"When I committed, my word is my bond. I don't want to be known as a flip-flopper or not sticking to my commitment," he said. "It was a long, hard, thought-out process but with prayer and my parents we decided to Roll Tide.
"I'm going to continue to enjoy this process, go to a few more games and eventually set up my officials and count down the days until I get on campus."
The star Texan, Alabama's highest-rated verbal commitment in 2016 as the No. 20 overall prospect in America, has kept close tabs on the program this fall. He's been impressed with the team's noted defensive front.
"We've been improving each week offensively, but we're cutting these games close. A win is a win," he said. "Them boys keep dominating up front, I can't wait to get there and contribute and be a part of a dominating force."
Jones and Shoemaker currently sit at 6-2, preparing for a playoff run.