Bama offer 'a dream come true'

South Florida has always been fertile football recruiting ground, and Alabama has reaped the benefits from the area of late. With Mario Cristobal now on board, it expects to take the next step in the area, and the new coach extended an offer to a versatile sophomore Tuesday.

"It's a dream come true," said Shawn Burgess-Becker on Tuesday shortly after learning of his Alabama offer. "But I'm not going to let the offer get me off track, I'm still going to be the same person who I am in the classroom and on the field."

In what will be the first of many, the Crismon Tide staff saw enough of the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder on tape to extend a verbal offer out to him. Mario Cristobal, in his latest extension out to a South Floridian, was the one to deliver the news to the Coconut Creek (Fla.) Monarch sophomore.

"All I know is that it made my heart drop," he said with a laugh. "It was an amazing first offer."

Bugess-Becker, who plays both defensive back and wide receiver, grew up a fan of Miami. But when the defending champs are first to offer, it changes the game.

"The Alabama Crimson Tide is a very good football team," he admitted. "But I haven't visited to the school so I really don't know that much about the school programs.

"I'm still open to every school, but Alabama is high on my list."

Cristobal offered the class of 2015 standout as an athlete for now, since there is plenty of time between now and when he signs a letter of intent two Februarys from now.

"I'm not sure what position," Burgess-Becker added. "But where they need me to play, that's what I'll do. I'll do my best at that position.

"I'm best at free safety, but I love offense."

Expect Cristobal to continue hitting the area hard, as he did while running Florida International's program and as an assistant for Miami before taking the job at Alabama.

"He said I'm a good player," the versatile athlete said of the coach. "And he likes my highlights."

Burgess-Becker visited Miami recently, but hasn't been able to get to many other campuses. He told Scout that he also likes Florida, LSU and UCF in addition to the local Hurricanes.

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