Four-star Atlanta (Ga.) Pace Academy wide receiver Trey Blount has been a busy recruit of late, participating in multiple camps (video above) and making more college visits in the process. One of his most recent trips was to Tuscaloosa as Alabama continued its spring practice work.
"Considering Alabama as one of my top schools I wanted to see how the receiver coach, Billy Napier, operated during practices with his receivers," he said. "Also, how coach (Nick) Saban runs practice. He's hands-on with the defensive backs and Napier is hands-on with the receivers, they have a close bond. He teaches and develops them and they give him 110 percent every time."
Holding a Crimson Tide offer for about a year, the Scout300 prospect says the program will remain in the mix for his services. He even envisioned himself with the current group.
"I see myself as a great addition, I can stretch the field like Calvin (Ridley) does," Blount said.
Adding that Alabama was among those in consistent communication with him, many of the national champion coaches made it a point to spend at least some time with Blount and his father.
"I just got to talk to coach (Tosh) Lupoi, coach Napier, coach Saban face to face," he said. "Coach Saban hit on the point on what everyone says Alabama is always stacked every year at receiver and with other position players. He told me they're really not what people say they are.
"Coach Napier, our relationship is getting better each time we talk. I met him last year after they offered and he's impressed with me. He wants to get me back on campus, sit in the meetings, ask questions and learn more about the program and make sure our relationship grows over the next few months before I sign. He's a cool guy, pretty laid back. He's a family man, which is great and he's a God-fearing man, which I love."
Cecil Blount, Trey's father, has been to Tuscaloosa several times with his rising-senior son. Last Friday was the latest, and it was another impressive time.
"With Alabama the tradition is distinct with Bear Bryant to Nick Saban right now," he said. "Of course it was a great visit, we've been up there three or four times and it's always a great feel. Being up close, seeing practice, being right there in the mist of the action and watching the coaches coach, the players' intensity and pep in their step, how the players respond...I can see why year-in, year-out they are successful. They get the best of their players.
"Seeing it up close was very impressive to me."