"We got down to Tuscaloosa around 11 a.m. this morning," said Tim Hawthorne. "Everything went great. All of the official visitors had already left Tuscaloosa. My parents and I got a chance to spend a lot of one-on-one time with Coach (Mike) Shula, Coach Cheese (Charlie Harbison) and the rest of the offensive coaching staff."
"We didn't see it necessary to take an official visit. I have already seen everything. The visit was basically for my parents. They wanted to ask some questions. The coaches walked us around the facilities and showed my parents everything," Hawthorne added.
Going into the Tide visit, the Hawthornes were looking for answers from the Alabama coaching staff.
"The visit definitely helped Alabama's chances," Hawthorne said. "We got a lot better perspective on everything. All of my parents' questions have been answered. They really enjoyed the visit. They got a better understanding of everything."
Though the nation's seventh-best receiver refuses to name a leader, the Alabama coaching staff made an impression with the unofficial visitor.
"The thing I like the most about Alabama is the coaching staff," Hawthorne said. "I have built a very strong relationship with them. I like them a lot. I hung out with Coach Cheese and Coach Shula all day. I had a lot of fun with them."
Hawthorne has trimmed his list to five schools. He will take a visit to Florida this weekend and decide on his final visit.