Rafiti Ghirmai, a 6-foot-4, 290-pound offensive tackle from Frisco (Texas) Wakeland is one of the most coveted prospects in the nation and he recently secured an offer and visited the Alabama Crimson Tide.
"It was a big surprise for me and my family," Ghirmai said of the Alabama offer. "Coach (Nick) Saban told me that I am a high priority for them."
Ghirmai also has offers from an abundance of other major colleges. Florida, Michigan, TCU, Texas, UCLA, Baylor, Mississippi, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and Utah have all offered.
"I was supposed to go to Texas Tech, but I had a track meet," Ghirmai said.
"I always look for these things in a school: The O-line coach, the players, and the strength coach. That is what I am looking for in a college. That and the academics of course."
The Scout 300 prospect recapped a recent stop in at Texas for junior day.
"They treated me like their own player like a UT or Texas player would be," Ghirmai said of the trip. "I was sitting with the players, eating with them talking with them. Talking how it really is there and they told me it was a great place to be. they love the school, they love the coaches and everything."
Ghirmai is not currently in a rush to end his recruitment.
"I will release my Top 10 mid-senior year sometime," Ghirmai said, "and then commit at the end of my senior year."
Scout Evaluation: Ghirmai is a top-tier offensive line prospect in the state of Texas' 2018 recruiting class. He possesses an adequate frame for the tackle spot at the Power Five conference level. He's fairly athletic relative to his position and has a big reach that should give him a high ceiling as a pass-blocker. Ghirmai could potentially prove position-versatile at the next level as well. He can play a bit high at times and his hand placement lacks consistency, but all the physical tools are there for Ghirmai, who thrives in the run game and owns the requisite traits to become a well-rounded high-major O-lineman. - Gabe Brooks