Programs coast-to-coast covet Corona (Calif.) Centennial wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey and he was able to make a southern swing over the last week or so. Visiting Auburn for the first part of the weekend, the Scout100 prospect took in Tuscaloosa for the remainder.
"The experience at Alabama was pretty cool, I saw a lot of things I expected," he said. "I talked to Nick Saban, he told me a lot of things I expected him to say, too. It was a good visit. Some of the things he stressed with me is that I would make an investment with my life if I went there. So what he was saying is I wouldn't only build as a football player, but I would learn to make better decisions in my life going there.
"I would take certain classes that would help me in real world situations. He really wasn't talking to me about the football part because you're not going to be playing football for the rest of your life. It was kind of scary to think about because football, for us football players, is all we have sometimes."
Lindsey admitted he followed up with Saban on Alabama's journalism department before the conversation eventually went to the 5-foot-8 top 40 prospect's skill-set. It is one the Crimson Tide program hasn't brought in much of late.
"First Nick Saban talked to me about how they wanted to use me and he said no matter what I wouldn't redshirt, I would play right away, because they don't have any small guys like me that they can get the ball to quick and shake defenders," he said. "He said he hasn't recruited anybody like that. He said they didn't have returners, that's where they like me and would start me at.
"It means a lot coming from the top program since I don't know when. I have been looking at them very highly and once they said that it meant a lot to me. Coming from Nick Saban, arguably the best college coach in the nation at this moment...meant a lot to me."
Though busy this summer with national events and not looking to participate heading into the trip, the Californian flashed the skills for the coaching staff over two days at the prospect camp this week.
"The moments that stood out was during the camp," Lindsey said. "There were a lot of kids from The Opening that I've seen, or that I played with, so it was a good experience there to compete. It was good, the first day, I dropped two balls the whole day. Then the second day, one-on-ones I went 100 percent on those. Five reps in one-on-ones and 100 percent in 7-on-7, caught every pass that whole camp so it was good."
Additional unofficial visits could continue for the four-star but for now he's back home and making progress leading up to his verbal commitment date of August 22, which he recently set.
Along with Ohio State, Nebraska, Auburn and others, Alabama will remain under consideration throughout the process and a potential return for an official visit has been discussed.
"Effectively, they're still where they were in my top five," he said. "I already knew they were still gonna be up there because that's a top tier program, you can't miss out on them at all.
"They're winning. They're a winning school, that's the expectation. What they're reaching for is excellence, they want to go perfect on the board, go undefeated and send all their guys to the league. That's what their expectation was."