"I visited Tuscaloosa Wednesday to check out the Engineering School," Chris Capps told BamaMag.com Thursday night. Lunch that afternoon turned out to be just as productive as the campus tours, as Head Coach Mike Price offered Capps a scholarship.
In Travis West and Justin Moon, Alabama already has commitments from two offensive linemen. But Coach Price would like to add a third. "I'm coming over with an open mind," Capps said. "I want to see more of the campus and meet more of the coaches. If I like what I see, then I'll sign with Alabama."
Capps (6-6, 270, 5.0) played for Landmark Christian School in Fairburn, Georgia this past season. At year's end he was named first team All-Metro and first team All-Region. Both the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Associated Press placed him on their All State teams for Class A.
Landmark Christian Head Coach Kenny Dallas described his prized lineman. "Chris has great athleticism, a very long wing span, great feet and is a hard worker," Dallas said.
Capps played in an offense that emphasized passing the football. Landmark Christian threw for more than 2,400 yards, with Capps allowing only one quarterback sack all season. "Chris is the prototype left tackle in a passing offense," Dallas said.
During his senior year, Capps graded 95 percent on blocking assignments.
Blessed with height and long arms, Capps has the frame to carry more than 300 pounds. "When he does get into a college weight room, there is no telling how good he can become," Dallas said.
His mother grew up in Northport, which gives the Tide an ally in the Capps' family. This past season Capps took several trips to Tuscaloosa to attend Alabama games, but he was not a priority for the previous staff. Just last weekend he committed to Oklahoma State over Louisville during an official visit to the Cowboy campus.
The new Tide staff got in on Capps late, but they made a good impression in a short time.
"When I got back from my trip to Oklahoma State, Alabama called me on the phone," Capps related. "Then on Monday Coach (Sparky) Woods came by to visit. He said they had just gotten video on me and liked what they saw."
As his interest in Engineering shows, Capps is a good student. He carries a 3.0 GPA and has scored 1100 on the SAT, so qualifying will not be a problem.
Capps has been measured with a 24-inch vertical jump. He squats 350 pounds and bench presses 270, though he notes that his long arms make the bench press more difficult.
He camped at Georgia, Auburn, Georgia Tech and Alabama last summer.