Tide Makes Big Impression on Florida DT

<b>Raphael Ousley</b> is a 6-0, 250 pound defensive lineman for Fort Walton Beach High School that took an unofficial visit to Tuscaloosa to attend the Alabama/Mississippi State game. Ousley holds an offer from Alabama and enjoyed his trip.

"I liked it a lot. I think it just may be the place for me. I really liked the campus, it was big. The new facilities were really tight," said Raphael Ousley.

The coaching staff made a great impression with Ousley.

"I got to speak with Coach Shula, Coach Connelly, and Coach Kines. I really liked them a lot. Coach Shula was a lot taller than I thought he would be. Coach Kines is a great coach. He is a great defensive coordinator and he does a real good job."

The Tide is now a heavy favorite for the talented defensive lineman.

"Alabama is my favorite, big time. Everything about them stands out to me. The atmosphere was amazing. Everybody there is about football. They have a lot of tradition," said Ousley.

During his visit, Ousley was able to hang out with one of his best friends, a current Tide player.

"I hung out with D.J. (Hall) on Saturday night. We had a really good time. He hurt his back on one play, but he is fine."

Ousley has not set any official visits, but knows of two schools he will visit.

"I am trying to set one up with Alabama. Coach Kines said he would call me this week and let me know a good date to come. I am also setting a visit with Middle Tennessee State. I don't know what other schools I plan to visit. Those are the only two schools that have offered me. I will probably wait a little while before I make my decision," said Ousley.

Ousley knows what he will be looking for when he takes his visits.

"I want to see how everything is and how they organize things."

Records are made to be broken and this year, Ousley set a goal by becoming the All-Time tackles leader in school history. Ousley hopes to add to that number as his team will host the first round of the playoffs.

"I ended up with about 97 tackles during the season. I broke the school record with 370 career tackles. The record had not been broken in ten years. We won our District Championship by beating Choctawhatchee. That was D.J.'s team. He came to the game. We will play Pensacola-Washington in the first round at Home. We have a lot of momentum going into the playoffs and I think we will go all the way," said Ousley.

Ousley will attend the Alabama/Auburn game. Glen Coffee will make the trip with Ousley to Tuscaloosa for the Iron Bowl.

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