Alabama All-Star and Scout300 four-star defensive lineman Quinnen Williams has been to Alabama several times since making a commitment to the program in June, but this past weekend was the in-state commitment's official visit to Tuscaloosa.
It offers extended and more intimate time on campus.
"It was great, we talked about the same stuff as the other visits, like the big plans, how they expect me to come in with a big impact," he said. "It was just the food, that was the biggest difference. They fed us a lot."
Williams noticed a different vibe on campus and in the football facility less then a week removed from UA's national championship crown.
"It was a great feeling to see the trophy and to look at the trophy," he said. "But what I wasn’t expecting was the coaches. They celebrated the win, but they’re now focused on this recruiting class and they guys that they want. They’re ready to work in 2016 to get back to that same position they were this year."
Fellow 'Bama commitments on the trip noticed the change as well and it fueled lofty conversation.
"We just talked about the work ethic and how it’s going to be when we come up there," Williams said. "I spent time with Kendell Jones, it was my first time meeting him. He’s just a great dude, a funny dude, a laid back kind of guy.
"Daron Payne hosted me. He told me to come in with an open mind and don’t come in with attitude. Be coachable and learn technique. Listen to everybody that has to say something to me."
Through players, fellow recruits and coaches the Birmingham (Ala.) Wenonah star heard plenty about a potential role along another deep Crimson Tide defensive front.
"D.J. Pettway is leaving, so they expect me to come in ready to work so I can at least help fill in that gap, and with the pass-rush," Williams said. "Maybe back up Da'Shawn Hand, give him a break, and maybe sub in at the defensive end spot with Jonathan Allen. He’s a great player and I thought he was going to the NFL so it surprised me, but I’m really excited that he’s coming back so I can pick his brain and do what he did so I can be in the position that he is. His leadership will be great for me my first year up there. I’m happy he came back."
The conversation included the first in-person sit-down between the senior and new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt.
"This was my first time ever meeting him in real life, I had only seen him on TV," Williams said. "He’s a great man to be around, he just showed me his defensive philosophy and stuff. He puts the defensive linemen first in his defense because they’re in the trenches and they’re the ones who set up the linebackers. He was just telling me about the stuff I’d be playing and how he’ll work with me when I’m there."
Taking in Tuscaloosa with his father, the solid commitment doesn't plan visits elsewhere in between now and national signign day on February 3.
Williams attempted to help the program's cause ahead of that day while in town, too, including spending time with a top wide receiver target.
"I really didn’t talk to A.J. Brown about what’s good at Alabama, he asked me what I see that’s good at Alabama," Williams said. "He asked me why I committed, so I shared it with him and talked about the coaching staff and how they get along and help each other out with different things. The way the medical staff gets along and everything."
Williams finished his prep career as a top five prospect in the Yellowhammer State and a top 200 player nationally, regardless of position.