"A tremendous asset to Alabama."

An understatement to say Quinton Dial is a big guy. At 6-5, 310 lbs. he's an ominous presence on the defensive line with his ability to stuff the run, dominant an opposing defender, or sneak inside for a sack. His head coach wants the Tide faithful to know they're not only getting a quality football player, but a quality person as well.

"Quinton's going to be a tremendous asset to Alabama," Clay-Chalkville coach Brent Smith said. "He's one of the best individuals I've ever been around. He's the type of guy you want to have over for dinner, and I have, quite a few times."

Unfortunately, tragedy struck the Dial family when Quinton was very young.

"His mother died when he was five years old," said Smith. "His father's a truck driver, so he pretty much raised himself. Many kids growing up in that situation probably would have gone a different route, but not Quinton."

"He's just a good kid. A couple of years ago he chose to accept Christ into his life. He's been a leader on our team, but also a leader at our school."

Quinton Dial is coming off a strong senior season where he recorded three sacks and 14 tackles made behind the line of scrimmage.

"He's hasn't been playing football very long," said Coach Smith. "He started as a sophomore, and was still learning how to play the game during his junior year. He played hard and did fine, but his talent was still very raw."

"As a senior he had a great year for us, and was a good leader for our defense. We used him some at tight end. But as his game continues to grow, and with the coaching he'll receive at Alabama, I look for him to drastically improve. There's really no telling how good Quinton's going to be."

In fact everything about Dial is growing.

"He's 6-5, but he should get to about 6-6 easily," Smith said.

Dial committed to Coach Saban last June. He was receiving heavy interest from Auburn, Tennessee, Clemson and Georgia. Alabama was the first team to submit an offer.

"They (Alabama) let Quinton know he was one of their top priorities early on," Smith said.

Any why wouldn't he? A 300 lb. man with 5.2 40 speed doesn't come along too often.

"It's hard to believe how big he is that he's able to move like that," said Smith. "But he can do it."

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