He has visited Tuscaloosa three times as a college football prospect but the news delivered Monday to Earle (Ark.) junior quarterback prospect Gerry Bohanon still took him by surprise.
The class of 2018 standout, who threw for nearly 3,000 yards this year while amassing well over 1,000 on the ground, learned of the verbal scholarship offer from Alabama without much warning.
"It's huge news," he said. "They called my head coach. I'm so excited because it honestly shocked me. I really wasn't expecting it.
"My head coach was excited, also, he told me that it was only a matter of time because since I was in about seventh grade he's seen me work so much harder than any other kid he's ever seen."
The work has paid off in the sense that the Power-5 hurdle of Bohanon's recruitment has been cleared.
The Crimson Tide extension this early on can be for multiple positions with the junior's athleticism although his focus is quarterback, where he plans to compete at various camps this offseason including an Elite 11 regional event.
"I'm not leaning towards any schools yet, it's my junior year and I'm just focused on improving my skills to better myself as a player and also focusing on school," he said.
Alabama has received multiple campus visits from Bohanon, most recently in November.
"My last time there was against Auburn," he said. "I've been down there about three times and I've viewed the campus and met the coaches and caught some games."