Many in the Yellowhammer State are well-aware of the defensive firepower relatively new high school program Madison (Ala.) James Clemens has within it and now there's a new Alabama Crimson Tide target among the standouts.
Three-star defensive back Kyriq McDonald, who excelled at Nick Saban's camp earlier this month, validated an offer to be apart of the class of 2017 with a brief workout Saturday. The state's No. 2 cornerback, who also worked out as a safety while competing earlier this month, earned the extension as an athlete.
"There was a camp a few weeks ago and I was going through the drills, doing them fast, breaking fast and Coach Saban was really impressed, he really liked me," he said. "I got some one-on-one coaching from Saban at that camp and he said I have the ability to play at the University of Alabama and that he wants me. He said they would recruit me really hard.
"I came back today, did a little session with Saban and ran a little 40 while I was sick. This is what you work for this is why you work when nobody is looking. Not only on film, but then to back it up at any time. I did it while sick today and did it at a decent level, ear infection and all."
McDonald, though he holds offers well into the double-digits, admits the Crimson Tide offer sits a bit differently once it's obtained.
"It's a lot coming from an in-state school, everybody's dream is to go to the in-state school especially if it's Alabama," he said. "It's a blessing, it really and truly is.
"(UA) is pretty high, it's coming from 'Bama where you're expecting to be coached by the best and to be put the best position to succeed at football and succeed in life. It sits pretty high up there."
One of the state's best is now taking the next step in the recruiting process with schools like Alabama, Florida State, Florida, Mississippi State and Louisville in focus. Of those, only the Gators have yet to offer but a visit to Gainesville is in the works.
"I'm starting to ease into it," he said of the decision-making process. "Starting to talk to my family but I'm not looking to commit tomorrow, next week or the week after. It's going to take a little time, so I will look into it because you're not talking about the next four years, you're talking about the rest of your life."
McDonald -- whose high school teammates LaBryan Ray, a four-star defensive lineman, and Monty Rice, a three-star linebacker, are also Crimson Tide targets in the rising-senior class -- said his mother accompanied him Saturday in Tuscaloosa.
"Excitement," he described of his mother's time in town.