John Michael Boswell Back from Official

John Michael Boswell, three-star offensive tackle from Northport-Tuscaloosa County, (Ala.), made the the short trip across town to take an official visit to Alabama. Boswell talks about the visit and head coach Nick Saban's first season in Tuscaloosa.

"The visit was great," said John Michael Boswell. "I had a real good time. I enjoyed my visit. I had a lot of fun."

"The thing that stood out to me was going to coach [Nick] Saban's house. We got to see him when he is not dealing with football. I got to see what he is like away from football. We rode on his Gators, which are like four-wheelers. That was a lot of fun."

"My official visit host was Taylor Pharr. I liked him. He is a good guy. We hung out with B.J. Stabler, Darren Mustin, Glenn Coffee and Ezekial Knight. We went over to their house. We hung out with Mike Johnson, John Parker Wilson and Baron Huber as well."

"I got to meet Don'ta Hightower this weekend. I hung out with Michael Williams and Jermaine Preyear as well. I have a good relationship with them. Our families were there, and they all became good friends."

"I spent a good bit of time with coach [Joe] Pendry during my visit. We sat down and talked a little bit about what he expected from me. He wants me to start out at right tackle. He thinks I can compete for playing time. They might move Mike Johnson to guard."

"Coach Pendry thinks I can compete and maybe play early. He told me to work hard during the off-season. He wants me to come to spring practices and sit in during the meetings."

Alabama finished the season 6-6 and projects to play in a bowl game in Shreveport against Colorado. Boswell sees signs of improvement and is excited about his recruiting class.

"I think Alabama was a lot more competitive than they were the last few years. They wouldn't have played that well against LSU. I think coach Saban made them more competitive. He gets problems worked out. They were competitive against Georgia. I think Alabama is heading in the right direction," Boswell said.

"We have a great class so far from what I can tell. I know we had Tyler Edwards out there this weekend. We are trying to get a few more guys. I know it's one of the top classes in the nation. It helps a lot."

Tuscaloosa County finished the regular season undefeated, but suffered a shocking loss in the second round of the play-offs to Mountain Brook.

‘I think we had a real good season. We went undefeated. We didn't do what we wanted to do. We had a bad night against Mountain Brook. We fought back in that game. Overall I think we had a good season. We won 11 games. That's pretty big. I was proud of that," Boswell noted.
"I think I had a real good year. I got better this year from last year. I liked the way I played, and I was more of leader."

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