Brandon Deaderick, from Elizabethtown High School, Kentucky, took an official visit to the Alabama this past weekend.
"The visit went great. I love the tradition. I really like the players and coaches a lot," Deaderick said.
Academics at The University is a strong selling point for Deaderick.
"I plan to major in broadcasting," he said. "Alabama has one of the best broadcasting schools in the country. It's an accredited broadcasting program. That's like getting a Harvard degree. To keep it accredited, it's really a big deal."
"The campus was really nice. The dorms are nice, and they are making them even nicer," Deaderick added.
The coaches made a good match for Deaderick's player host.
"My player host was Freddie Roach. He is a good guy. I really liked him. He showed me around and we had a good time," Deaderick said.
The stadium experience is always a bonus for the recruits.
"I liked going to the stadium at night," he said. "We all had on jerseys. We stood in the middle of the "A". That was special."
The coaches spent time talking and explaining the future of Tide program.
"I was able to sit down and talk with Coach Shula for a little while. We had a good visit about where Alabama stands right now. He told me how they feel about me and what the University of Alabama can do for me.
"I talked to Coach Joe Kines. he went over the different defensive schemes. I talked to Coach Paul Randolph. We went over the depth chart. I like the looks of that. We went over what he needs and what he teaches."
The social activities are part of the official visits as well.
"I met Chris Rogers. He's a wild character, which is a good thing," Deaderick said. "I met James Davis, Roy Upchurch, Jimmy Johns, Bobby Greenwood, Scott Deaton, Fred Rouse, Cole Harvey, and Antonio Forbes. We all had a great time together," Deaderick said.
Deaderick's family was equally impressed with the Alabama visit.
When asked if his parents would play a role in his decision, Deaderick replied, "Yes, it will play a factor into my decision. Ultimately, it will come down to what I want to do. In the long run, I feel the University of Alabama will be able to do a whole lot more for me. I'm trying not to get caught up in the visit. I was close to committing to Louisville when I was on my visit there. If I had to choose today, it's a good shot I would be going to Alabama."
Deaderick's decision is drawing near.
"I will visit Auburn this weekend to make sure I will not have any regrets."