The national champion Alabama Crimson Tide offered three-star Bullard (Tex.) High School tight end and Texas Longhorn commitment Major Tennison about two weeks ago and he immediately made plans to be in Tuscaloosa to get a closer look at the program.
Friday's spring practice opener would be the setting and the rising-senior's family would also take in the town.
"It was a really good experience. It's hard to pick one thing," he said. "The campus was awesome, getting to sit down and talk to coaches was great and just getting to see them practice was a great experience.
"I got to sit down with coach (Billy) Napier, coach (Mario) Cristobal and coach (Nick) Saban. They told me just how the program is run, how I should fit in, expectations of the player and stuff along those lines. They see me as a tight end that could be on the line and flexed out, and also in the backfield."
Tennison, whose been pledged to Charlie Strong and company since October, reports a positive impression for everyone who made the trip with him.
"The campus was very nice, academics is taken seriously which I know my parents like, and overall Tuscaloosa just had a nice, comfortable feel that I liked a lot," he said. "They were very impressed with coach Saban and the rest of the coaches we got to talk to and really liked the campus and how everything is run."
Alabama has targeted the Texan and won't soon back off despite his verbal commitment status.
"The visit for sure impressed my family and I, so if anything it increased the chances (for Alabama)," Tennison said. "I've grown up loving the Longhorns and still do and I believe coach Strong has everything going in the right direction."
UA isn't alone in its pursuit of the top 15 tight end in the land and a trip to the Big Ten is on deck in the coming weeks.