Four-star running back Asa Martin visited two of his three finalists in the last several days, taking in Big Cat Weekend at Auburn and participating at a prospect camp at Alabama on Tuesday. The other finalist, Florida, is likely his next trip ahead of an August 24 commitment date.
Auburn has hosted him many times but Alabama has not. It's why the most recent visit is an important point in his recruitment in many ways, beginning with his mother, Sharay Harris.
"That was her first time meeting coach (Nick) Saban," Martin said. "She came with me my freshman year, to a game, something like that. They spent a lot of time with her, really the most, while I worked out a little bit.
"She really enjoyed it, too. She was real impressed with the academics, stuff like the graduation rates of players and getting them out in three and a half years. She was very impressed."
For the Decatur (Ala.) Austin prospect, there was some clarity gained following Saban offering him as a potential two-way standout on A-Day 2017.
"They're recruiting me as a full-on running back, there's no defense anymore," Martin said. "It's strictly running back now. I do have a little more clarity on what position they want me to play, that helped me out. That helps out a lot. They were basically just telling me how different I could be coming in as a running back and the different things I could bring into their offense.
"They told me not to worry about the running back depth, their past players and how just about every running back from Alabama has gone to the NFL. Depth is not a factor at all. Anywhere you go you have to compete, depth can't be a factor in your decision. Nothing will be given to you."
Tabbed as the top running back in the state of Alabama on Scout, he worked at the position from a traditional standpoint with running back coach Burton Burns and worked in the passing game with offensive coordinator Brian Daboll.
"I worked with coach Burns and coach Daboll," he said. "I did a little slot work with coach Daboll, he had some quarterbacks throwing routes to me, it's something I like doing. I probably did pretty good, caught just about every ball. They tell me how different I can be in what I can bring to the offense."
The evolution of said offense, under Daboll, has changed Martin's perception of his fit over the last several weeks.
"He's a real cool guy, he comes from the league, so he's strictly about football," he said of Daboll. "What I like about Alabama is that it's not just a typical, downhill style any more. They are throwing the balls to backs out of the backfield, stuff like that. It's what I really like.
"The offense is way more appealing than what everybody is used to."
Martin says he is likely to return to Alabama for its Champions Cookout in July, which may be his final trip to Tuscaloosa ahead of selecting between Alabama, Auburn and Florida. He says he does not yet have a pecking order between the three programs this far away from making a verbal commitment.