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4-star Alabama commitment Chadarius Townsend recaps official visit weekend in Tuscaloosa

Alabama hosted one of its top in-state commitments in Chadarius Townsend over the weekend, where the coaching staff likened him to a recent national title game hero.

Though extremely familiar with the program he has been committed to for well over a year, Chadarius Townsend was still able to learn new information on his weekend trip to Alabama. The official visit also enabled the Tanner (Ala.) four-star, fresh off of a playoff victory Friday night, to indulge a bit. 

"It was nice, it was the usual on Saturday, go to the game and stuff, which I still enjoy that part," he said. "Other than that, we pretty much just ate like crazy, and I enjoyed that because I love to eat. We ate at Chuck's Fish in Tuscaloosa...steak, popcorn shrimp and all kinds of other things."

After the dinner, which followed the 51-3 blowout of Mississippi State, there was time with players and then Sunday rolled around -- which means time at the Nick Saban residence. 

"Going to coach Saban's house, that made a big difference on the trip," Townsend said. "He made fun out of that, looking around his house and seeing the super car, the bat mobile. It was a Mercedes, but I didn't drive it, I just sat in it. 

"We ate breakfast, sat his car and went up the trail to see the lake and we talked about all the other players that came through and what they did."

With other coaches around, and what side of the ball he'll play at Alabama again a common talking point, there was more clarity than before. 

"They compared me to Kenyan Drake and asked me what position I'd like to play," he said. "I was like, 'to do something like Drake did, like running back and receiver. Pretty much a little bit of both.' 

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"I talked to all the coaches about that, they all ask me what I want to play. They went on with the Drake thing and said they can see myself doing that or something like that because they don't have anybody else doing that. And with me coming in early, it could work good." 

A December graduate from Tanner, where he still plays quarterback primarily, Townsend is set to enroll at Alabama in January along with many of the Crimson Tide's highest-rated verbal commitments. The transition is one he was also curious about during the weekend in Tuscaloosa.

"It's fast, it comes fast," Townsend said. "It seems like in no time at all, we'll be there. It's crazy, but I'm ready for it. I'm getting my mind ready for it, that's why I loved going down there this weekend to get a great feel for it.

"I had to ask a few questions, my host down there during the official was Nigel Knott, so I ended up asking him how it was being a freshman coming down and stuff about school work and everything. He said it wasn't as bad as people think..."

Despite the latest trip, in which his father attended and also had glowing remarks for, one of the top prospects in the Yellowhammer State remains a top target for others in the SEC like Mississippi State and Florida. Official visits to each are being considered, with a trip to Starkville set for the first week of December.

But a change of heart doesn't seem very likely at this point.

"I'm really solid with 'Bama, all the way, really," he said. "All the way." 

Tanner and Townsend face Lanett (Ala.) for a right to play in the state semifinal Friday night.


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