Chad Simmons

Alabama offers 2018 4-star offenve lineman Jamaree Salyer, who visits Tuscaloosa Friday

Alabama offered Atlanta offensive lineman Jamaree Salyer on Monday, just days before he was set to take his first Tuscaloosa trip of 2016.

Big Atlanta (Ga.) Pace Academy offensive lineman Jamaree Salyer is nearly two years away from putting pen to paper and making things official with a university, but it hasn't slowed many of the top programs in the southeast from pulling the trigger with an offer to him. 

The class of 2018 prospect, already four stars on Scout, added another big one on Monday as the national champion Alabama Crimson Tide came calling.

"I called coach (Tosh) Lupoi and he told me personally," Salyer said. "It was kind of funny, me and him actually joked about "The O" on visits and to hear it from him was kind of funny and special at the same time."

The Crimson Tide extension isn't the usual add for any prospect, even an early elite like the rising-junior, who also has offers from ClemsonFlorida StateGeorgiaTennessee and others.

"They are definitely towards the top, maybe not at the top as for now because I haven't put much thought towards that," Salyer said. "But they have changed the game up because a 'Bama offer kind of gives you the illusion that 'the best wants you'  and you have to respect that."

Projected as an offensive tackle at this time, a return visit to Tuscaloosa is on tap for Friday. It will be the initial impression of UA in 2016. 

"I came down for the Ole Miss game, actually," he said. "The fans screaming was pretty funny, but I remember just how much the school as a whole supports the football program."

Even with plenty of attention, don't expect a verbal commitment in the next year-plus. 

"I'm just getting around to every school I can see and ruling out the ones I absolutely don't like," Salyer said. "But hopefully I'll have my decision by the end of senior season, maybe a little after that at the latest."

The only other item on the schedule at this time is participating at The Opening Atlana later this month.

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