Macon (Ga.) Southwest defensive lineman B.J. Sharpe has become a college football commodity since February, picking up his first scholarship offer and jumping on several other recruiting radars since.
The Alabama Crimson Tide extended him an offer in late March and he was back in Tuscaloosa over the weekend for the A-Day festivities.
"It was my third time being up there but it was like my first time. It was amazing, the fans were amazing, Coach (Nick) Saban, all the former players came and it felt like home," he said. "When I walked into the stadium all the fans were yelling and screaming, it felt like a football heaven down there. When you walk by you have fans calling your name and telling you, 'Roll Tide!' It felt amazing, like I was meant to be there."
Sharpe admits the program is ahead of the pack in the race for his services.
"Right now I would say 'Bama leads, but I'm still kind of open," he said. "I've been liking Alabama since I was real young and my dream actually was to play for Alabama and Nick Saban. He's a great man, he showed why he's probably the best coach in college football. He's a nice man, there's a lot to say about Nick Saban."
Viewed as a defensive end at 6-foot-3, 263 pounds, many from the defensive staff sought time with the three-star talent.
"I talked to coach (Derrick) Ansley, the defensive line coach, coach (Bo) Davis, and I talked to (defensive coordinator) Jeremy Pruitt," Sharpe said. "They told me they were going to see me at practice and they want me to go out and perform. They talked about bringing me up for summer workouts, too."
Many family members were also able to take in Tuscaloosa over the weekend.
"I went with my family, my father, mother and sister," he said. "They loved it, it was my mother and my sister's first time. They were like, 'whoa.' They have never seen this many people out to support. "
With scholarship offers from Mississippi State, Mercer and Miami (Ohio), Sharpe also reports Interest from Georgia, Auburn, Michigan State, Wake Forest, NC State and others. As he navigates his recruitment, many factors will go into ending the process later on.
"I'll take my time, I really haven't talked it over with my family. I need to pray about it, pray every day and go through it, see which one I really like," he said. "First thing I look at is academics, the tutoring and the academic side. Then I look for whether it feels like home to me and the third thing I look at is the atmosphere, I want to see how students and the community tie into the school."
Georgia Tech is the next visit Sharpe plans on taking, this coming weekend as the Yellow Jackets conduct their spring game.