Asa Martin (© Chad Simmons / Scout)

Following A-Day visit and scholarship offer, Alabama offensive coordinator Brian Daboll visited four-star Asa Martin

Alabama's offer to Asa Martin changed things in the four-star's recruitment with both his top schools and perhaps with what position he will play at the next level, too.

It was looking like a Florida vs. Auburn battle for Asa Martin, but the last week has changed the scope of the race. 

While he is still open to other offers and wants to take several visits going forward, a new offer from Alabama has thrown a wrench into his list of favorites.

"It's really affected me, it's in-state first off and it's the top of college football as well," he said. "So when they offered me it was really big. Then them coming down was real big, too, but I didn't get to talk to coach (offensive coordinator Brian Daboll) much because of the NCAA rules. That is kind of a different approach, I've talked to a lot of offensive coordinators but I haven't had many offensive coordinators as my primary recruiter so it's kind of a different approach with Alabama. 

"He's kind of new to recruiting or whatever, but we text, and he's about football. It's what you would expect from a guy coming from the NFL, he's all about football."

The Decatur (Ala.) Austin prospect, who stars at running back, visited Tuscaloosa for A-Day last weekend. During his time with Nick Saban and company, it was expressed that he could be a defensive prospect at the program as well.

"It's been on my mind all week, I've been asking different people about it, like some of the people I look up to and what they think," Martin said. "But I would have no problem playing safety anywhere, but at Alabama it would be crazy with some of the guys they put in the league. We'll see. 

"I think I can cover pretty good, I like to hit a lot, too. I hadn't played it in a game in a while, I played it a little at IMG (Academy, where he spent 2016), so I can read a little bit."

After the 2017 class made things official on national signing day, Martin's stock soared with the offer from Florida, followed by Auburn a few days later and Michigan, Texas, Nebraska, Utah and several others in addition to Alabama jumping in thereafter. 

[Listen to the full interview with Martin HERE]

Of all the new extensions, it was his latest that took some of the pressure off of his recruitment.

"The biggest relief is probably the Alabama offer, honestly," he said. "It's the mecca of college football. People would see me waling down the street and ask, 'has Alabama offered you yet? Nah,' but now they have. It's kind of crazy."

Even with the steady rise, a decision before the 2017 season at Austin High kicks off remains the plan.

"It's kind of crazy, I always dreamed about getting all of these offers," he said. "But now that it's here, I've got to make a decision sometime. I'm almost locked in on the day before my first game."

Martin plans on visiting Alabama, Auburn, Florida and others at least once more ahead of the summer decision. 

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