'It's definitely up there'

Alabama has made an effort to get into Texas recruiting in a big way with the 2014 cycle, and one Dallas-area program has three juniors with a verbal Alabama offer to his name. The latest was to the team's quarterback, which was extended Thursday morning.

While Texas commitment Demetrius Knox was high on Alabama before electing to stay home with the Longhorns, fellow Fort Worth (Tex.) All Saints' Episcopal junior standout Daniel Gresham picked up his Alabama offer after pledging to the in-state power.

Now more interested in ever, there's been plenty of chatter about the three-star possibly visiting the national champs despite Mack Brown's new no-visit rule for commitments.

The chatter is sure to ramp up now that Nick Saban personally called All Saints 2014 quarterback Foster Sawyer on Thursday, delivering news of his scholarship offer.

"I'm truly blessed!" Sawyer told BamaMag.com shortly after confirming the news. "The offer means a lot, but I just need to stay focused and know that this is all God's doing, not mine."

As with all the quarterbacks Saban offers, there is another live evaluation needed to validate the offer.

"I had a real good talk over the phone with Coach Saban, and they said they'll offer me and come evaluate me more in spring ball," said Sawyer.

The three-star quarterback, who stands 6-foot-5, 205 pounds, also plans to check out Tuscaloosa in the near future despite having been there on multiple occasions already.

With double-digit offers already to his name, Sawyer did admit that 'Bama's extension meant a lot despite it coming after many other top programs including UCLA, TCU, Oklahoma State and Ole Miss among others.

"It's definitely up there," he admitted.

Saban and company like several things about the Texan.

"From previous conversations, we've had talks about my movement in the pocket and my arm strength," said Sawyer. "And my ability to run."

That running ability helped lead All Saints to a perfect 2012 season ending in a state championship. Knox and Gresham did their part in the run, and each have joked about playing college ball together before and did so once again when Sawyer snagged the Alabama offer.

"We talk about it every now and then, but usually messing around," the QB admitted. "I respect their decisions."

As for Sawyer's decision, it's already in the works.

"In a couple weeks, maybe" he hinted when asked of his timetable.

He will keep favorites close to the vest in the meantime, though he admitted he has "two or three" schools in mind right now including a "pretty good idea" of where he may end up.

Is it too late for the Crimson Tide?

"Never too late," he said. "I'm blessed with all the offers I have!"

Sawyer, who plans to stop by nearby TCU for spring practice soon, is currently ranked the No. 22 quarterback in the class of 2014 on FOX Sports NEXT/Scout.com.

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