Among the dozens and dozens of prospects in Tuscaloosa this weekend, in classes ranging from 2017 all the way to 2021, the class of 2018 was the primary focus for all involved as Nick Saban and company hosted its second junior day of the year.
Among the rising-seniors on the list were a handful committed elsewhere, including four-star Indianapolis (Ind.) Cathedral offensive lineman Emil Ekiyor Jr.. The longtime Michigan Wolverine commitment hadn't learned of a verbal scholarship offer from Alabama until Saturday evening after a meeting with Saban himself.
"It was definitely an awesome feeling," Ekiyor said over the weekend. "I was sitting in coach Saban's office and he let me know I had an offer.
"They like that I have quick feet, am explosive, great power, balance, and my ability to change heights."
The newest extension, one of more than 20 offers at this point, was to play on the interior.
"Guard," he said. "But whatever position I have to play to get on the field is my preference."
Ekiyor had been to Alabama in the past, as have his parents. The entire group made the trip back down for the junior day event.
"My mom and dad came, it was their second time," he said. "They loved it. I think they were just taking everything in."
Even with the new offer on the table and a certain goal accomplished while in Tuscaloosa, his next visit will be back to the program he still envisions himself playing for -- Michigan.
"I am still 100 percent Michigan and enjoying the recruiting process," he said.