"Things have been real good," said Jacob McCrary Friday night.
Considering he is a 2014 wide receiver that recently committed to a big-time school before two additional big-time programs offered him a full scholarship – it may be an understatement.
While the Irish offered solely based on his sophomore film, the Crimson Tide used the tape combined with an in-person evaluation to determine his worthiness of an offer.
"I went to the first Alabama camp (this summer), the coaches liked me a lot," said McCrary. "They remembered me from the first camp, and Coach Nick Saban took a look at my film and that's when they offered me.
"I talked to Coach (Jeff) Stoutland, he recruits down here, and he let me know that Alabama offered me. "
"I was pretty excited because Alabama is a top school; they're always in the top-five of the AP poll and one of the top schools," he continued. "One thing people rarely know about Alabama is that they have great academics, too. That was a major plus with them."
With the 6-foot, 175-pounder, academics are critical paired with a top program, which ultimately led to his July decision to pledge to the ACC.
"It's real big, because you never know what can happen with football so you always need something to rely on," said McCrary. "That would be academics, so with my decision – which I made with Florida State – I looked at the academic standpoint and then the team standpoint.
"Florida State has great academics and they have a great team and a great program over there."
But since the commitment news broke, other programs have only pressed him harder.
"I kind of did expect it, but once I committed a lot of schools came at me and it made me think," he admitted. "But right now, I'm still feeling the same about Florida State so Florida State is the school I want to be at right now.
"Even though a lot of teams are coming at me, I will still take a look to them – but as far as now Florida State is the school I want to be at."
While he will take a look at some other schools, the rising junior is simply looking for a place where he can bond with the coaching staff and balance academics. Alabama has the foundation for the combination and will likely be receiving a return trip from the top talent.
"I will still take visits to other schools to see how they run their program, to see their tradition and to get the experience of all the colleges," said McCrary.
In the meantime, it's all about Coral Reef and improving without forgetting the factors that got him high school success and all of this recruiting attention.
"My route-running, getting into my routes quicker and giving my quarterback a target to make it easier on him," he said of what he needs to work on. "I'm an explosive player; I can do all the little things like route-running, I can beat you on the deep ball, run the reverses and things like that so I can take back kicks and do the punt returns.
"I'm a very versatile player, I think that's what they see most."