Making a visit to Tuscaloosa for the second time and the first in a non-practice setting, new Scout four-star athlete and Maplesville (Ala.) prospect Nathaniel Watson reports another positive experience on campus among select underclassmen standouts Saturday.
"It went pretty good, they're supposed to have me up again after signing day (February 1) to talk more with the head coach (Nick Saban)," he said Saturday evening. "Today, they just really talked about how they like me on both sides of the ball and they asked which position I prefer on the college level.
"I said wide receiver or strong safety, but they think I can be a slot wide receiver or outside linebacker, too."
Watson knows a thing or two about all four spots, dabbling at each in helping the Maplesville Red Devils to a third-straight Class 1A state championship last month. His versatility and size have turned heads on the biggest stages, including at Bryant-Denny Stadium for the 2015 title game.
"The coaches sound like they were real impressed with my highlight film and they said they think I could be one of the best athletes in the state for 2018," he said. "They were real upfront, saying that an offer will come soon and they will know more after signing day as far as what their needs will be in the class of 2018."
Should the verbal offer get extended in the near future it would validate the bulk of his effort during the season and around it.
"It will mean a lot because if Alabama thinks I'm good enough to offer that means the hard working is paying off," Watson said. "I have a lot of respect for that program and what they have accomplished.
"I know how it feels to be in a program with a lot of success, so I know it takes a lot of hard work, dedication and commitment."
With offers already in from Auburn, Mississippi State, South Alabama and Bowling Green, the jumbo athlete is looking to check out more campuses before beginning to filter his options down to a group of finalists.
"I'm just enjoying the recruiting process as I train and prepare to be the best I can be," he said. "I know the class of 2018 is on deck Wednesday so it's all about finding the right fit."