On March 2, Hinds Community College (Raymond, Miss.) wide receiver Stephen Guidry committed to the South Carolina Gamecocks and thought his recruitment was over. After a bevy of SEC offers followed, he opened things back up.
But on Monday, he nearly made another verbal commitment to an SEC school. He was visiting Alabama, one of the programs to offer, and vaulted the program right to the top of his list.
"I was urged to end it right there," Guidry said. "They care that you play football but it's not the most important thing while you're there. They talk about all the academic stuff with you and your classes.
"Alabama is the number one school in my recruitment. Growing up, Alabama was my dream school. It's how Nick Saban wins SEC championships, all kind of championships. And it's my mama's dream for me to go to Alabama, too. She wants me to be different."
With a top five of the Crimson Tide, LSU, Auburn, Mississippi State and Arizona State, an upcoming trip to Baton Rouge is scheduled this weekend. However, Guidry admits he doesn't know what any program would have to do to overtake the defending national champions.
"It was a great visit, I've never really been to any SEC schools besides South Carolina. I think it was a good opportunity," he said. "The coaches treated me like I was a player of their own. They showed me around campus, let me put a jersey on, they showed me a lot of love. They wanted me there.
"The coaches told me they'd spend two years with me and my whole life will change. (Billy Napier) showed me my film, like how I run a screen, and how Amari Cooper runs a screen, and it was the same."
Aside from what he called the best part, sporting the No. 7 jersey, sitting down with Saban was also a key portion of his first time in Tuscaloosa.
"Talking to Nick Saban was like a blessed opportunity," he said. "He told me a lot of stuff and he told me a lot of schools have a lot of receivers, but they didn't. He said not to worry about what other people say.
"At Alabama, with some of the receivers they put in the NFL Draft, and with coach Billy Napier working with me, it will get me better than I am now."
Guidry says he could be in line to make a commitment shortly after the LSU unofficial visit.