The spring of 2016 proved to be big for class of 2018 linebacker prospect Bumper Pool, who has seen verbal scholarship offers from the in-state Baylor Bears and SMU Mustangs come in. It reached SEC territory of late with Arkansas pulling the trigger and he learned of more good news while in Tuscaloosa on Monday.
The Allen (Tex.) Lovejoy linebacker picked up an offer from the national champions.
"I was really excited about working for coach [Nick] Saban and all the coaches, I was pleased with how I performed, it went really well and I ended up getting the offer," he said. "I went and talked with coach Saban for 15 to 20 minutes and he said I had the offer. He talked a ton about the connections, everything other than football -- he talked about football a little bit too -- but it was about so much more and how Alabama can offer so much more.
"It was so unreal, I was like, 'is this really happening?' We just got out of working out and now I'm sitting in front of coach Saban and he's telling me reasons why I should come to Alabama. It's really cool, it's one of those things that's a once in a lifetime deal."
Pool had been hearing from Alabama amid picking up the other offers.
"I was a little shocked I got the offer," he said. "[Wide receivers] Coach [Billy] Napier was talking to me and said, 'if you come down and have a good camp there's a possibility you can get an offer.' So when I went out there I felt like I did pretty good, I was just in it. Then in an office, it happened and I'm excited about it.
"They wont the national championship last year so it's an elite program but seeing what I saw yesterday, it's more than just that. The people are great, everybody is caring and they want you to be successful all the way around. I think that's important."
Admitting the camp atmosphere was "great," the 6-foot-2, 215-pound rising-junior detailed part of the workout when all eyes were on him Monday while working at inside linebacker.
"They wanted to see me run, open my hips, change direction, all those little things," Pool said. "The defensive coordinator (Jeremy Pruitt) was watching me the whole time, so it was exciting. I had a good time.
"This camp is intense, they want to see you get tired and see how you work afterwards."
Spending Tuesday in town taking in the rest of the campus and Tuscaloosa itself, Pool is in no rush to hurry the recruiting process. His options remain open as he prepares for a busy summer in which plans to visit and/or camp at Texas, Michigan, Arkansas, TCU, Oklahoma State and Virginia Tech are in the works.