Nick Saban spent around 90 minutes at the home of Jared Mayden Monday night, and the coach couldn’t leave without dancing.
Mayden, a four-star cornerback from Sachse (Texas) High School, told SEC Country that near the end of the in-home visit, Saban started dancing with his family.
“We had music playing the whole night, and before he left, and we were telling him that he had to dance with us before you leave. So we played the Wobble and he started dancing,” Mayden said with a laugh.
After he was finished dancing, Mayden also got to see another side of Saban that many college football fans don’t get to see often.
“He was laughing really hard,” Mayden said. “It looked like he had fun.”
The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder is one of Alabama’s top cornerback priorities. He’s down to Oklahoma and the Crimson Tide and will announce his commitment on National Signing Day.
While it may look like the visit Monday night was just all fun and games, business was discussed between the Maydens and Saban, who was also accompanied by Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt.
“Outside of the fact that they really want to get me, he was just really trying to make sure I knew more about him and Coach Pruitt because he came with him as well,” Mayden said.
“They only have one safety and no cornerbacks committed in this class right now. They just said that they are really trying to get me.”
Mayden took an official visit to Alabama on Jan. 15 and one to Oklahoma this past weekend. He said neither visit stood out more than the other. An interesting part about both schools is the fact that he thinks Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and Saban are eerily similar.
“I can’t really think of many differences between them,” Mayden said of Stoops and Saban. “They both like winning. They both coach defensive backs. They’re more similar than they are different. One has a Texan accent and one doesn’t. That’s really the only difference I can think of.”
What could ultimately give Oklahoma an advantage in the end is that he’s a dual legacy. His dad, James Mayden, played center for the Sooners in the mid-90s and his mother attended the school, too. Does it weigh on him to maintain the Mayden legacy at Oklahoma?
“It does a little bit, but not too much,” he said. “No matter where I attend, I feel like I can make my family proud if I do a good job and really start my own legacy whether it be at OU or Alabama.”
The cornerback will have an in-home visit with Oklahoma coaches Wednesday night, and it’s possible that his decision on where he’ll attend college could be made up shortly thereafter .
Mayden is ranked as the nation’s No. 13 cornerback, per the 247Sports composite.