With most of the state of Alabama's media and even prospects to a certain degree eagerly awaiting Tyler Carr's decision on Tuesday morning, the four-star offensive lineman was taking on his day in routine form.
He was hitting the weight room before letting America know where he'd do so for the next four years.
Even when Carr and the Gadsden (Ala.) Southside High camp was setting up the ceremony last week, Head Coach Ron Daughtery was more worried about his star senior not missing a workout more than the big commitment announcement to take place.
"I've gotten a lot of phone calls about it, but I've been saying that I'm not worried about Tyler's decision, because he's a real smart kid that's going to make the best decision for him," he said. "But I was wondering if he's going to lift weights that morning beforehand, and of course he's all about that. After Monday, he asked if I could borrow some of the dummies because he and some of the underclassmen were going to put in extra work at his house. He's that type of kid.
"There's an example usually every day. But Monday, we got up and did our morning workouts and then some conditioning; he's up there leading it. The stuff we do is tough for a big man, we're running bleachers and he's got some blood on his knees from tripping on the concrete."
Daughtery knows work ethic isn't an issue with the four-star talent, who announced a commitment for Auburn Tuesday morning. He also feels Carr is a bit more versatile than often given credit for at 6-foot-5, 315 pounds.
"I think he's definitely an offensive lineman," he said. "He's got good size, but I don't think he would be one of the biggest guys Auburn has. I, and Coach Rose (offensive line coach), think he ends up at guard or as a center. He has snapped for us in an emergency situation -- of course he's going to play tackle for us -- but he's really a guy that can play across the line. He can even play tight end. His sophomore year we used him a little bit as a tight end, but we would rather hand it off and run behind him.
"He's going to (continue to) play tackle for us, but ours is more of a run-oriented offense. Of course, when we do pass, his pass-set is as good as anybody's. It is about the offensive philosophy, Auburn may be thinking guard because they do so much pulling of the guard and he can run so well."
The potential in Carr was always there, but there was a specific moment during the 2013 season in which the promising prospect became a sure-fire SEC talent.
"The first of the year, last year, Coach Rose and I sat down with him and we asked him if he was going to be one of those big guys that screens off people because you're bigger than 90 percent of the guys you go against, or are you going to be a guy that makes them wish they weren't playing in front of you?" Daughtery said. "About Week 5, that started to come on. He started taking it to the next level, he was punishing guys for being in front of him and it's carried over into the spring. He became very aggressive and we love seeing that."
Using the word "extremely" several times in explain his decision to select the Tigers over the Tide, in difficulty in between and now relief afterwards -- there is now a sense of purpose and timing for Carr to take the next step in his development.
This includes on-field gains as well.
Carr in January.
"I don't think it's a weakness, but he can get stronger," he said. "He's played basketball up until this coming year, so that's probably been a five or six-month void really, in strong work in the weight room. It's about trying to maintain than make gains in basketball. Now, his camp circuit is pretty much over, and he's been in the weight room.
"I've seen him working out now with what his max was about six weeks ago. That's an area, when he gets into a college program, he can really take off. With his work ethic, he's going to do all the extra things to get there."
In the meantime, the big prospect is still, well, a kid. And now he can focus on that a bit.It couples with what Coach Daughtery called a solid foundation at home.
"His parents are great, they're always willing to help me and often do. Of course, they're the type that would be here to help if Tyler was a third-string wide receiver, he comes from a good background. My son is an upcoming junior, and a quarterback, and he and Tyler hang out a lot, and were over last weekend. We just got a heavy duty pool to put outside and they were all hanging out, and of course Tyler's big-self broke it," he said laughing. "So it wasn't that heavy duty, we fixed it, but he was worried. He's just a teenage boy running around having fun, but he's got a great head on his shoulders. He's mature and wants to get this process over with to focus on his senior year."
As for the Tigers, the staff approach of Carr impressed over the last year-plus.
"Auburn is not as laid back as everybody says and Alabama is not as business-like as everybody says, there's a gray area there," he said. " I'm an Alabama fan, but I can say without a doubt that either school would be a good place for him. Coach (Gus) Malzahn and all those guys are class acts, of course so is Coach (Nick) Saban and them – so it was a win-win situation.
"The Auburn coaches opened my eyes to them; I even went and spoke at Auburn's clinic this spring. I think it was the first time I was ever on their campus, and I loved it. They're good guys."