Ever since he can remember, Lyndell Wilson has dreamed about wearing the crimson and white.
Wilson, a five-star linebacker from Carver High School (Montgomery, Ala.), told SEC Country that playing for the Alabama Crimson Tide is a thought that is always in his head.
“It’s been hovering around me all of the time,” Wilson said. “I think about it all of the time. Since I was a young’n, I have dreamed about playing for Alabama, and here I am with a scholarship and an opportunity to play for them. It’s something I always think about.”
The nation’s No. 2 outside linebacker doesn’t have Alabama at the top of his list, though. He says the Tide are tied with Georgia and Florida, which are the schools that round out his top three.
“I think everybody has the same thing to offer,” he said. “They are all the same type of program. I feel like all three teams are very similar.”
Wilson wrapped up an official visit to Alabama this past weekend, and a picture he took with Nick Saban over the weekend went viral. Saban hit the ‘dab,’ and by doing that, it showed the five-star that the five-time national champion wanted him to be a part of his program come National Signing Day.
“I guess he did it to show how much he really wants me,” Wilson said. “I don’t think anyone has asked Coach Saban to dab before. It was really great to see him dab because you really don’t get to see that side of him. I had a great time with him this weekend. I enjoyed hanging out with him and he enjoyed my family also.”
A day after that photo surfaced, Saban wobbled with a top recruit. Wilson’s mother, Sandra, showed him the video, and he joked that Saban “got a little movement.”
His family accompanied him on the trip to Alabama. He says it was a chance for them to get acclimated to Tuscaloosa if he ends up playing for the Crimson Tide.
“My family really enjoyed themselves,” he said. “This trip was really for my family to open their eyes up to see how great of a place it is if I decide to go there.”
Even with his decision eight days away, Wilson knows why he would sign with the Crimson Tide.
“It’s a great program. I am comfortable there. I’ve been going there since the ninth grade,” he said. “I feel like I could have a great chance of playing as soon as I get there. It’s the in-state school. I think it would be a good decision.”
The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder will announce his commitment live on ESPNU on Feb. 3, but he isn’t sure what time he’s set to make his decision.