In between an impressive showing at The Opening Atlanta (video above) and an even better one at Under Armour's Atlanta event, emerging class of 2019 offensive tackle Pierce Quick admitted he had a leader for his services with its rival right behind.
"I would have to say Alabama is at the top right now, but there are definitely other schools that are really close," he said. "Auburn is really close, right behind them. I grew up an Alabama fan, and as a kid I never thought I would be saying this, but Auburn was my first Power 5 offer and getting to see them it was just me, coach (Herb) Hand and coach (Chip) Lindsey and coach (Gus) Malzahn that day. They just showed me around and it was just great. It couldn't have gone any better.
'I'll be at their A-Day game."
The fandom, which Quick shares with his parents, isn't the only thing keeping the Crimson Tide on top at this point.
"It's cool going to 'Bama now because a lot of the players know me, it's cool to talk to them and stuff," he said.
As for a potential decision, the soon-to-be Scout four-star prospect says it could come quite soon.
"It will definitely be before this time next year, but it could be before my first game this year, just to get it out of the way," Quick said. "I probably will (commit) this summer."
Outside of the Iron Bowl programs, one with a former Alabama coach on staff seems likely to get the Trussville (Ala.) Hewitt-Trussville star on campus in the coming months and the program Alabama fell to in January's national championship may be in the same boat.
"I like coach (Mario) Cristobal at Oregon and I want to see that school this summer," he said. "That will be a school that I have to see before I commit, just because we have a great relationship...he obviously wants me so I'm gonna go look at it and see how it is.
"I'm going to try to get in another trip with Clemson, because I went to their junior day and a lot of people were there, so coach (Dabo) Swinney actually had to leave early. So I want to sit down and talk to him."