For the Cullman, Ala. native, hearing 92,000-plus screaming at the top of their lungs was something he later admitted caught him by complete surprise.
“Everyone talks about Death Valley and you see how crazy it is on television, but to get there and see it in person was way, way different,” Region said. “I went into that weekend thinking the no SEC school could be louder than Tuscaloosa on a Saturday night.
“It turned out I was wrong.”
While Region holds offers from Alabama and Auburn, the 6-foot-6, 345-pounder – who once planned a commitment to the Tide only to pledge to the Tigers – now has a final five that doesn’t include either team.
Region – who camped at Alabama, Auburn and LSU – will take an official visit to Georgia on December 11.
“I feel like they are rebuilding and it’s going to get better,” Region told Scout.com. “I think I can help them out and make an impact there. Georgia isn’t going to be down too long.”
From there, he will make official visits to LSU and Wisconsin.
“I’m definitely looking forward to getting back to Baton Rouge,” said Region, who made the first trip alongside his older brother. “We came over there and both of us really enjoyed it, from the game to the campus stuff. I walked around and got a bunch of Louisiana food in me, and it was great. It was the environment I was looking for.
“Once we got inside the game and onto the field, I was in the zone. It was just awesome SEC ball.”
The one thing that stood out most: the fans.
“They were just going wild the whole night, I don’t know how else to explain it,” Region said. “It was awesome, and definitely more than I expected. My brother and I were both blown away.”
The 6-foot-6, 345-pounder was able to meet with offensive line coach Greg Studrawa and head coach Les Miles, and the vibe Region got was that he is welcomed on board as soon as he’s ready to pull the trigger.
“They were just very positive and straight up with me,” he said. “Coach Stud said that he really likes my film and I’m the type of offensive guard that they need in this class. He said if I wanted to go ahead and commit, he’d take it. I took it that he has a lot of confidence in me.”
Region, a hard-nosed lineman who is a self-described ‘mauler’, said that LSU’s pro-style offense attracts him the most.
“That’s the direction LSU is headed, and being in that sort of offense is something an offensive linemen loves,” he said. “Coach Miles and coach Stud said that I could come in and be that aggressive guard that they need, and it definitely has me listening.”
As for where each school in contention is recruiting him to, Region said that the field in split.
“Alabama likes me at tackle,” he told Scout.com. “They like to cut my size down so I could play tackle. LSU likes me a guard. They like the way I can push the line. Wisconsin likes me at guard. Auburn liked me at tackle. Georgia likes me at tackle.”
A committed worker in the classroom, Region made a 23 on the ACT and has a 3.0 GPA midway through his senior year. Getting to see the academic center and what LSU has to offer away from football will weigh heavy on his decision after Region returns for his official visit.
“I expect that things will go really well when I get back to Baton Rouge,” he said. “That will definitely be a big visit for me. I want to see the facilities and all that. I just need to get another feel for the campus. My brother loved it, so I feel good about that much, because he’s like a father-figure to me. He’s helped guide me through the whole process.”
With a busy schedule ahead, Region isn’t ready to put a timetable on his decision - though the looming Under Armour All-American game will give the three-star prospect a stage and audience.
“I’m not for sure if I am going to do it during the All-American Game or not,” he said. “I want to make sure I get all my visits in before I make my decision. If I can’t make it at the game, it is going to be fine. It is where I am going to be for the next four years so I want to make the best decision I can.
“If I can get all my visits done, then I will make it at the game.”