One-time Oregon cornerback commit Jared Mayden was in Alabama this past weekend for an official visit, and the Crimson Tide’s chances of landing him have improved.
Mayden, a four-star prospect from Sachse (Texas) High School, told SEC Country that he left Tuscaloosa impressed.
“It definitely helped their chances with me getting back down there,” Mayden said. “I got more information on the school from the coaches this time around.”
Hosted by Alabama defensive backs Minkah Fitzpatrick and Marlon Humphrey, Mayden said he enjoyed hanging out with those guys this weekend, especially because they weren’t pressuring him to commit.
“They really weren’t trying to sell me on anything,” he said. “They were really just showing me around and showing me the non-business side of Alabama.”
The nation’s No. 11 cornerback says no school holds an advantage right now in his recruitment. He also says that his phone line is open for any school that wants to get in touch with him.
“I’m open right now,” Mayden said. “I haven’t made any decisions and don’t plan on closing anybody out at this time. Any school that wants to talk to me, they can. I’m not shutting any team out.”
Nick Saban had his chance to speak with Mayden one-on-one, and the main message that the five-time national champion told Mayden was he had a chance to come in and play right away for the Crimson Tide because of the amount of defensive backs that are leaving the program.
“(Saban) was just telling me if I end up going there, I’ll have to work,” he said. “I think he said they are losing around four defensive backs, so it could be a situation that I could come in and play right away.”
Mayden didn’t show his cards when asked if this trip would solidify Alabama’s position as one of his finalists when he makes his decision on National Signing Day.
“They could be, but I don’t know for sure. I still have to go to some more places before I make a final decision.”
Despite some other sites listing him as visiting Florida State the weekend before signing day, Mayden says he has no set official visits at this time.