Alabama is no stranger to California or any territory out west on the recruiting trail with championship rings and a different culture to sell to prospects.
It was more of the same on Wednesday, as the staff stopped by La Mirada (Calif.) High to check in on several prospects. Rising seniors Tyler Luatua (pictured above) and Dallis Todd are well on radar, with Luatua already holding an offer, and 2015 quarterback talent Kevin Dillman will be a prime target in the next cycle.
Todd, a four-star wideout currently committed to Oklahoma, has had Alabama's attention for some time. Assistant Greg Brown saw him on Wednesday and approves of his talent, but the offensive staff hasn't been able to see him work.
That will change next week and an offer may be on the horizon.
"The wide receiver coach has never seen him," said La Mirada coach Mike Moschetti. "Coach Brown has, and he loves him – said it's a ‘no brainer.' So they're going to see him and watch Dillman throw next week.
"It looks very promising."
As for Luatua, the younger brother of current Alabama offensive lineman Isaac Luatua, high interest remains from the Tide and it's reciprocated by the four-star tight end/defensive end talent.
"He's got one official set up to Notre Dame for the USC game (Oct. 18), that's it," said the coach. "Nothing is official with Alabama, but those will be his two trips for now. He likes Michigan and Ohio State as well. He's wide-open. "
Most consider Alabama at or near the top for Luatua considering his brother's influence. That's not necessarily the case, the coach says.
"It's a factor," Moschetti admitted. "But Isaac is really good about the process; he wants Tyler to find a school he's comfortable with. He wants him to go where he's wanted most.
"Both Alabama and Notre Dame have done a good job recruiting him."
Brown was also in town for the future, and at La Mirada, that means Dillman. The rising junior already has over a dozen scholarship offers to his name.
"Alabama wants as many eyes as they can on players. Brown loves everything about Dillman and Todd. So they'll be back out next week," he continued.
Dillman is not a normal quarterback prospect at 6-foot-4, 205 pounds.
"When you see him in person, then you sit down and talk to him – he's just a real focused kid," said Moschetti. "He has unbelievable leadership, unbelievable discipline. I hate to say this, this early, but he handles himself like a pro. On the field, in the classroom, everywhere.
Dillman could be the nation's top QB in '15.
"He's big, fast, athletic and relentless. He's a division one QB, but he can play outside linebacker, safety or even an H-back. But when he throws the ball, it just comes out of his hands different."
The coach played some minor league baseball before shifting focus to La Mirada, and it included a stint with the Oakland A's. There, he was able to witness the power of Mark McGuire during one particular batting practice – something he actually relates to Dillman in a way.
"The ball sounded different off his bat than anyone else's," he said of the home run regular. "And with Kevin, it just spins different. But he's still got a lot to learn and he knows he's got to get better, nobody's going to out-work him."
Moschetti also said the versatile Dillman "can play in any offense" so it will not be a big factor in his eventual decision.
BamaMag.com will follow up with La Mirada after the Crimson Tide return to the school next week.