Alabama offers and takes the lead for Travis Etienne on A-Day visit

Alabama didn't extend many scholarship offers on A-Day but the out-of-state extension to speedy running back Travis Etienne may go a long way.

For three-star Jennings (La.) High School running back prospect Travis Etienne, things have picked up of late. A bevy of SEC schools have extended scholarship offers his way and he flashed potential at The Opening New Orleans last weekend with a 4.43 in the 40-yard dash to boot. 

On Saturday, after it began recruiting him more, he visited the Alabama Crimson Tide spring football game and learned of more positive news.

"It was great, a great atmosphere, I really liked it there," Etienne said. "It was a blessing to receive an offer from them. I've been talking to coach (Burton) Burns all this week, they said they liked me. They said they really liked my film and liked me as a player. 

"When I got there, I had a meeting with coach Nick Saban and during the meeting with coach Saban he extended me an offer. He said he liked my ability to run the ball and not go down, to be a great player and a better person."

At 5-foot-11, 199 pounds, programs with several different offensive schemes have been heavy after the rising-senior, but after Saturday each is chasing the defending national champions. 

"It meant a lot to be able to say I have an offer from maybe the best college program in the nation," he said. "It was a real blessing, like a dream. It's the school everyone wants to go to and that I've been looking at since I was a little kid. I've always watched and I've always liked them. 

"They're definitely at the top of my list. It's a great program and it will give me the best chance to maximize my collegiate career and be the best person I could be."

Though early in the recruiting process, Etienne admits he nearly pulled the trigger and made a verbal commitment while in Tuscaloosa. 

"I most definitely thought about it, but I think it's still early in the recruiting process," he said. "I haven't visited a lot of places yet, I've only visited four schools. I just want to be able to visit my other contenders and I'll make a decision." 

With no timetable for a decision, Etienne wants to visit TennesseeArkansas and Oklahoma State, all programs joining UA as recent offers on a growing list.

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