Tide's Verbal Commit Takes Official Visit

Scout.com three-star Javier Arenas arrived in Tuscaloosa as the the Tide's newest verbal commit. Arenas traveled from Tampa-Robinson, (Fla.) for his first visit to Alabama.

"The visit to Alabama was fun," said Javier Arenas. "It was real fun. I really liked the fans, the coaching staff, the academics and the facilites."

"Everything about the trip was great. I was very excited to be in Tuscaloosa this weekend especially as a commitment. I was blown away by everything."

Arenas got his first glimpse of Alabama fans, but knows Tuscaloosa will get a little crazier once football season arrives.

"The fans were really amped at the basketball game this weekend," he said. "They get you in the mood ready to play. I can't wait to see them next year during football games."

The 5-9, 175-pound athlete spent a lot of time with the Alabama coaching staff and talked about his future role at the Capstone.

"I really liked meeting all the coaches," Arenas said. "They were real positive, honest, knowledgeable, and they made me feel very comfortable."

"I like Coach [Mike] Shula. You wouldn't think he would be an easy guy to talk to. He is a great guy to talk to. He is a great person. Overall I felt very comfortable speaking to him."

"The coaches told me I have the opportunity to play early next year. They are going to try me out at corner back, on special teams and maybe a little bit at wide receiver. Coach [Chris] Ball told me what he saw in me and what I need to work on. He told me he could mold me into a great player. I think Coach Ball is a great coach. He was very positive and honest."

Arenas was hosted by another former Florida standout Tide defensive back Chris Rogers.

"Chris was real funny and very energetic," he said. "We hung out with a lot of the players. I don't remember any names, but they were all great guys. I hung out with [Deantwan] Whitehead. He was real cool and quite. He was huge. I would love to play with him, but to be honest I don't think he is coming to Alabama."

Arenas was expecting to sign a letter of intent with Florida Atlantic. Alabama offered, and he shared his excitement, "You can say it's like a dream come true. I have never been so happy. I have everything I ever wanted at Alabama. I have a great football program, awesome facilities, tremendous fan support and the best academics. The town is great. I love everything about Alabama."

Arenas finished his senior season with 16 total touchdowns. Seven touchdowns were scored by kick-off and punt returns. He recorded 72 tackles and one interception on defense.

Javier Arenas plans to fax in his letter of intent Wednesday morning between 8:00-9:00 a.m.

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