New Jersey QB and Alabama legacy Allan Walters building relationship with Lane Kiffin as decision time nears

New Jersey quarterback Allan Walters added an Alabama offer last summer but he's been high on the Crimson Tide much longer, being the son of a former UA baseball player. The family was recently back in Tuscaloosa and has a return trip in mind.

Class of 2018 Paramus (N.J.) Catholic quarterback Allan Walters has had an interesting year or so. He commanded a state power for the second straight season with plenty of eyes on him thanks to his developing game and playing on the same roster as the No. 1 recruit in the country in Michigan Wolverine signee Rashan Gary.

Just before that point he burst onto the college football scene with big scholarship offers, including one from Alabama, a program he has long been fond of and familiar with. His father played baseball for the Crimson Tide.

The Walters' were back in Tuscaloosa over the Easter holiday weekend and the rising-junior passer was able to sit in on a pair of spring practices.

"I talked a lot with coach (Mario) Cristobal, who is my area recruiter and coach (Lane) Kiffin, I also got to meet with coach (Nick) Saban twice," he said. "Our conversations were just kind of were about me as a player and staying focused on my high school career, things like that. Also what I want to major in, that was with coach Saban.

"With Kiffin and with Cristobal it was more about where I stand with Alabama, the decision and all of that. We're working on building our relationships, especially with coach Kiffin. I'm learning about his offense, his style, his coaching ability and all of that."

Walters, who has been focusing on track and field in order to improve his running ability, paid close attention to Kiffin's group while in town. The defending national champions will replace its starting quarterback for the third straight campaign.

"All the quarterbacks have great ability and bring something different to the table," he said. "For example true freshman Jalen Hurts can really extend the play with his legs and he has a big time arm. You can definitely see that David (Cornwell) and Cooper (Bateman) have more experience, Blake (Barnett) as well, just competing. It's going to be interesting, it's going to go down to the wire, in my opinion."

Off of the practice field, time with Kiffin in particular was plentiful.

"Coach Kiffin, he's a great coach," Walters said. "He kind of sits back and observes everything, he knows the game well. He's a great coach, keeps the guys up-tempo, keeps them moving fast and he really knows what he's doing." 

At other points during a total of four days in town, including family time with a pair of cousins who attend UA, it was about catching up with players on the roster.

"I'm really good friends with all of the quarterbacks, especially David Cornwell, so I was hanging out with them a bunch," he said. "Minkah Fitzpatrick, obviously, who I played against in the state championship my freshman year. They were just telling me that Alabama isn't for everybody, and if you do choose to come here you're going to work hard. You're going to work harder than you ever have in your life and it's going to be a different experience, but if you stay focused it's worth it. It's definitely the place to be.

"I'm a big fan of Alabama in general. The school, the campus, football, everything."

Also holding Michigan and Ole Miss, which hosted him during the same trip, in high regard -- Walters could be closing in on a decision this year.

"It's really early right now, I really want to get back down there this summer," he said. "I'm beginning to narrow it down to a few schools and I want to see them this summer to see where I stand with them and where they stand with me. Hopefully I will know by the end of this summer and into my junior season." 

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