Justin Wyatt had to pull over on the side of the road Wednesday night because Alabama wide receivers coach Billy Napier messaged him.
Wyatt, a 2016 three-star wide receiver from Los Angeles Pierce College (Woodland Hills, Calif.), couldn’t believe Alabama was interested in him.
“I had to read the messages a bunch of times to make sure this was really Alabama, the national champions, asking me to come on a visit,” Wyatt told SEC Country.
One reason why Wyatt could have been taken aback by Alabama’s interest is because he only has two offers — Colorado and Rhode Island.
Regardless of the number of offers, Napier told Wyatt that his film was impressive and he wants him to come to Tuscaloosa on a visit to get to know him more. To Wyatt, that means everything to him.
“It’s like if I was in the NFL draft and got drafted by the (New England) Patriots,” Wyatt said of his feelings on Alabama showing interest. “It would be like getting drafted by the best team and the team that always wins. It’s an unreal feeling.”
Wyatt wouldn’t be the first under-the-radar recruit to get a late offer from Alabama. In this year’s recruiting cycle, three-star running back Joshua Jacobs received a scholarship offer days before National Signing Day. He ended up signing with the Tide.
But if he does get an offer from Alabama, don’t expect Wyatt to rush his decision right away.
“I would probably take some time,” he said. “I would see what they have to offer me. I played so many positions in high school. I played safety, cornerback, wide receiver and running back sometimes. So, I would like to find out how they would use me before making any decisions.”
Alabama would likely use him as a wide receiver. The Crimson Tide only signed two at the position in 2016 with T.J. Simmons already on campus as an early enrollee and four-star Trevon Diggs signed on signing day.
The 6-foot-2, 202-pounder thinks he would be a good fit in Alabama’s offense. At Pierce, Wyatt operated in a pro-style offense. He credits former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Matthew Hatchette, his offensive coordinator at his junior college, with transforming his game.
“He transformed by football IQ,” Wyatt said of Hachette. “He taught me how to operate in a pro-style offense, how to read defenses better, really gave me a game plan of how the NFL works. I would say my IQ of the game is pretty high now because of him. I can draw up plays now, depending on the coverage, that would lead to big yards.”
Before getting to Pierce, Wyatt committed to Ohio University out of Collins Hill High School (Suwanee, Ga.). He broke his ankle in the first scrimmage he participated in and missed the entire season. He played his second year but transferred after that season.
If he does end up committing to Alabama, he will have two years of eligibility remaining with the possibility of a third if granted a medical redshirt.
Wyatt has been clocked in the 40-yard-dash at 4.47.