The Alabama Crimson Tide has kept in-state talent home as well as any national power in the modern era and it has zeroed in on another elite within state lines.
On Tuesday, Scout100 prospect and Opelika (Ala.) rising-senior quarterback Jake Bentley took an unofficial visit to Tuscaloosa and before he would head back home he learned of news from Nick Saban.
"Alabama has offered me today," Bentley said. "I visited 'Bama today, Saban told me. He just said I fit well into the and I have the 'it' factor."
Bentley, who is the top QB in the South on Scout, has football in his blood. Despite coming off of his only year as a starter for the Bulldogs, he flashed immense ability as a leader, passer and even with his legs. His older brother Shuler is a signal caller at Old Dominion and his father Bobby is a high school legend in his native South Carolina. He's now the running backs coach for Will Muschamp's South Carolina Gamecocks after making the move to the Yellowhammer State to be on Auburn's staff.
"I mean, it's a blessing to be offfered by the national champs" Bentley said. "One of the best programs in the nation."
The four-star, who plans on graduating in December, picked up his latest scholarship during his first traditional prospect visit at Alabama. He had spent time on campus in a camp capacity, but not intimately like on Tuesday.
"The campus and facilities were great," he said. "The weight room was definitely the most impressive."
Bentley says the day's news vaulted the Crimson Tide into the conversation for his commitment, something not likely to occur before a final decision is made on his whereabouts for the 2016 season with his family back in South Carolina following his father's move. It could be finalized later this month.
On the recruiting front, two tiers make up the contenders for the top 10 quarterback.