"I think he was impressed with the coaching staff and being near home was another factor," Ronnie Steele, Sr., said.
Steele was thought to be considering Auburn, Vanderbilt, Alabama-Birmingham and Kentucky. "He made an unofficial visit and he's played in numerous tournaments down there so he was impressed with the campus. He liked Mark and Coach Pearson and I think that made the difference."
Steele's mother is a graduate of Alabama and the family resides 56 miles from the Tide's campus and viewed staying close to home as an advantage for the Crimson Tide.