In the class of 2016, Alabama gained the initial commitment of five-star wide receiver Demetris Robertson, though he would ultimately enroll and excel at Cal. Now the Crimson Tide is looking at another member of the Robertson family.
"I used to visit all the time with my uncle Demetris Robertson, that was his next choice behind Cal," said Michael Robertson, a class of 2020 prospect out of Hogansville (Ga.) Callaway.
Despite familiarity with Tuscaloosa and the program itself, Saturday's visit to campus wouldn't be another typical visit. Not only was it A-Day 2017, but it would be the day he picked up his latest scholarship offer.
"Alabama offered," he said. "(Secondary) Coach (Derrick) Ansley asked me to wait after the A-Day game. We went up to the picnic and that's when he told me. He likes my versatility, how I can play multiple positions on the field. I prefer receiver.
"It was good to know that one of the best coaches in college football thinks that I deserve an offer."
The elder Robertson, heading into his second year as a Golden Bear, has shined some recruiting light on the up-and-coming athlete, who has reeled in early offers from Cal, Clemson, LSU, Georgia, Auburn, Florida, Michigan State and several others.
Many of the programs his uncle considered down the stretch are being considered.
"A lot, actually," Robertson said. "First pick the school that's going to benefit you the most. Then look at how you will fit in that program.
"A lot of them have impressed me from Stanford to LSU to UGA, Texas, 'Bama, etc."
Demetris Robertson made an early pledge to Alabama before backing off and being at the center of one of the most contested recruitments in the 2016 class. Michael Robertson hasn't ruled out making an early verbal commitment, but it won't come any time soon.
"It's up there as far as a program.," he said of Alabama. "I'm going to see how they are as a school as I get older."