Trey Blount had two big questions he needed answers to heading into his visit to Alabama last weekend. Nick Saban answered both.
Blount, a four-star wide receiver from Pace Academy (Atlanta), told SEC Country that he needed to know how many receivers Alabama planned on signing in its 2017 recruiting class, and how the team planned on using him if he ended up committing to the Crimson Tide.
“Coach Saban expressed to me that he would like to sign four receivers in this class and they would use my versatility for playing me outside as well as in the slot,” Blount said.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder liked both of those answers from Saban.
“I do like it when coaches let me know that they’re going to utilize my versatility, and the amount of receivers that they plan on signing is fine with me because I’m going to have to compete no matter where I choose to go to school,” Blount said.
Blount is one of several receivers Alabama is targeting, and the team is in need of wideouts. The Crimson Tide only signed two receivers in the Class of 2016: four-star Trevon Diggs and three-star T.J. Simmons.
So it should be encouraging when one of the top receivers in the country says he can envision himself in an Alabama jersey next season.
“I can truly see myself playing for them, stretching the field for them and blocking on the outside to spark explosive plays for the running back,” Blount said. “I can see myself playing for them and working hard to contribute to the team, which in return would make us successful as a whole and myself as an individual.”
While Blount won’t reveal a leader or top-five list, he did say that Alabama was one of his top schools. He usually says the Crimson Tide is near the top of his list because they were the first team to offer him a scholarship, but this time, he expanded further.
“Well first off, the tradition of Alabama football and playing for a coach like Nick Saban, who’s going to help develop me as a football player and as a man,” Blount, who is rated as the nation’s No 36 receiver prospect, said. “Last, but not least, everyone wants to play for a winner. Right now, Alabama is leading the pack.”
Blount is unsure of when he’ll publicly reveal his list of top schools, and is unclear on a timetable for his commitment.
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.
Chris Kirschner covers Alabama football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Bryant-Denny.