"I attended Alabama's Junior Day this past weekend, and it went great," said D.J. Looney from Birmingham, (Ala.). "I enjoyed meeting coach Cheese [Charlie] Harbison, coach [Bob] Connelly and coach [Mike] Shula. I had met them before, but I didn't really get a chance to speak to them much. During my visit I was able to have a good discussion with all of them.
"I thought the practice went well. I liked everything I saw. I enjoyed watching how they run their system."
Looney discovered a way for the in-state fans to disagree with his logic for a favorite school.
"I was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee," he said. "I always liked Tennessee. I am not saying they are my favorite, but that's who I liked growing up. When I moved to Alabama everyone kept telling me I had to choose one in-state school to like, but I just made everyone mad and told them I liked Tennessee.
"I am keeping everything open right now. I am interested in any schools that are interested in me. I am going to visit all the schools and see what they have to offer."
Looney was named All-Shelby County First Team, All-Over the Mountain Team, Honorable Mention All-State and Honorable Mention Super All-Metro for his junior campaign. He was a top performer in the Alabama Junior All-Star game as well.
Looney has several traits that will help his team as one of the seniors for the Eagles.
"I feel like I am a good leader," he said. "I am always trying to keep people calm, and I am always talking. I am a communicator."
The key aspects of the game he wants improve he shared, "I want to improve--always doing a good job on the field and in the weight room. I want to always finish each play, and I want to always be running towards the ball."
The 6-2, 280-pound recruit knows what he will seek in his college choice, and he isn't afraid to ask for help.
"I want to go somewhere with good academics, a good coaching staff, and a place where I feel comfortable," Looney said. "I want to go somewhere with nice facilities as well.
"It's going to be a family decision for me. I am going to sit down with my parents and coach Hood [Oak Mountain head coach]. We are going to decide the best situation for me."
Looney will travel to Auburn this weekend. The Tigers are expecting a large group of recruits on campus for Saturday's practice.