McCarron Back on the Radar?

One of the very first quarterbacks that emerged on the 2009 OU recruiting radar was Alabama's A.J. McCarron, who made a verbal commitment to the Tide before taking any other official visits, but it now looks like he will be taking a look around. Is Oklahoma on his list?'s #13 nationally rated quarterback, A.J. McCarron, committed to Alabama back in May, but he has decided to take in a few official visits to make sure he is making the right decision.

According to his father the first official visit A.J. has scheduled is to Ole Miss on 11/1.

"He is going to take a couple of official visits and Ole Miss is one of them," Tony McCarron told Yancy Porter of "He really likes Coaches Nutt and Austin. AJ wants to see what it is like on game day over there. We dropped by there this summer to check out the campus, but he wants to see the game day atmosphere at Ole Miss."

"We got a date set up a week or so ago, but he planned to come in for an official visit to Ole Miss as far back as this summer. We are going to drive over there after his game Friday (on October 31st), and we will leave on Sunday. It is going to make for a long weekend. There will be a lot of driving, but he wants to go see Ole Miss again. They are one of the places he wants to go back."

The Ole Miss visit is definitely going to happen, but the 6-foot-4, 180-pound signal caller also has his eyes on a couple of other perennial powerhouses.

"We have not set up anymore visits, but he wants to visit Miami and Oklahoma too," Mr. McCarron informed. "Between my schedule and his, it is really crazy. I work for the fire department, and I am off a day and on two days. Ole Miss is close enough where we can drive over there, but he will have to fly to those two schools.

"LSU is still showing a lot of interest. We probably get the most mail from Oklahoma and LSU, but he has not expressed any desire to take an official visit to LSU."

"A.J. is still committed to Alabama, but I do not know if he will take an official visit to Alabama or not because he has been over there so much that he knows everything there is to know about them," Tony McCarron added.

What did Alabama say about the St. Pauls product setting up a visit to a rival school?

"Coach Saban has never been anything but encouraging. He told him to take some visits to make sure he is making the right decision. He said that if Alabama is the program for him, he will know it after he takes his visits."

What got McCarron interested in Oklahoma?

"The fact that they are a traditional strong team every year. Their offense is similar to Ole Miss' and Alabama's. They like drop back QB's who are pocket passers. They want their QB's to make plays with their arm and read the defenses. But being a national championship contender year in and year is very attractive for AJ.

We went up there this summer and met Coach Heupel. AJ really likes him. Coach Tyler Sisky, the former offensive coordinator over here at St. Pauls who is now at Arkansas State, made a list of schools for AJ to take a look at this past summer and Oklahoma was one of them. AJ is a very mature young man. We give him advice, but it is ultimately his decision to make. It is his life."

How did Miami get involved?

"AJ has been a Miami fan since he was a little kid. Miami was always his dream school to play for. When he got an offer from them, he was extremely excited. Coach Shannon seems like a strong coach. He is not afraid to discipline you in any fashion.. He will jump all over you but encourage you the next minute. A.J. likes those type of coaches. Other than that, we really do not know a whole lot about Miami. That is why he wants to go over there and check everything out. He may go over there and feel at home. Right now, he is happy with his decision to attend Alabama, but we will look at some other places and see if there is anything that may fit him even better. This is a great opportunity for him to take some mini-vacations and see the different college settings. It is a once in a life time opportunity for my son."

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