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UCLA WR Target Tarik Black Recaps 'Bama Visit

Nov. 15 -- Cheshire (Conn.) Academy receiver Tarik Black's third official visit was to Alabama, and he broke it down with Scout...

Tarik Black, the No. 13 receiver in the 2017 class, pushed up his official visit to Alabama by two weeks so he could spend more time with the coaching staff.

Rather than head to Tuscaloosa for the Iron Bowl against Auburn, he and his family arrived on campus early Saturday morning and left late Sunday, and the visit was everything he hoped it would be.

"There is a reason why 'Bama has been so successful for so long," the 6-foot-3 1/2, 206-pound Black said. "A great place with awesome people. Every time I visit, I enjoy myself and I was glad my parents had a chance to see what I've been talking about."


This was Black's third official visit. In early September, he made official visits to Michigan and Auburn. He has an official visit set to UCLA on Dec. 2, and he is trying to set up an official visit to Stanford ahead of his announcement at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in early January.

The key to the visit was meeting with Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban, and spending extended time with him. And Saban had a message for Black.

"Believe in the process," he said. "He told me how I would be a match up nightmare on the field because of my size and ability, and (he spoke about) the importance of being successful on and off the field."


Black was able to talk with a lot of players, with two of them speaking with him the most.

"I spent time with Marlon Humphrey and Derek Kief," Black said. "Both of those guys were great, and I got a good feel from all the other players as well."

Alabama beat Mississippi State 51-3 to remain the No. 1 team in the nation, and Black enjoyed the environment.

"It was a great game day atmosphere and I was glad my family had a chance to see it up close," he said. "Also spending time with the coaching staff and players (was important). Got a great vibe from all. 'Bama is a special place."

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