Stephen Guidry signed with McNeese State out of high school. He ended up transferring to Hinds Community College. But his journey may end at Alabama.
Guidry, the nation’s No. 1 junior college wide receiver, told SEC Country that after his visit to Tuscaloosa Monday, the Tide are in the top spot for him.
The four-star prospect admitted he had thoughts of committing to Alabama, but decided to hold off in order to talk it over with his family. The overwhelming feeling of happiness Guidry felt while on campus led to him almost ending his recruitment then and there.
“When I had a chance to walk on the field, I was just looking around and picturing myself in a No. 7 uniform and hearing the fans scream my name when I score a touchdown,” Guidry said.
“I already knew that Alabama was going to be either my No. 1 or No. 2 school when I got the offer. Going on a visit and getting to hang out with the coaches, and try on that jersey, it just felt like that was the place that I needed to be.”
Guidry’s love for Alabama only increased when he had a chance to talk with coach Nick Saban. The wide receiver did not grow up with a father. His mother, Michelle, and his sister, Alasia Jones, helped raise him into the man he is today.
Talking with Saban made Guidry believe the five-time national champion could be the father figure he would like to have.
“Most coaches are only telling me how I’m going to make it to the NFL and how I’m going to be a part of the team,” Guidry said. “With Alabama and Nick Saban, they want to help you. They want to see you graduate from the school. They want you to do what you’re supposed to do.”
The 6-foot-4, 190-pounder went to Livonia High School in Louisiana. While there, Guidry said the people in his community never believed in him. When something would go well in his life, several people were there to bring him down.
“Where I’m from, a lot of people hate on you when they see you do well,” Guidry said. “All I needed was a chance to get to a junior college and focus on school. I’m away from home. I’m not around people I know. Going to a junior college really made me a better person.”
Guidry decided to transfer from McNeese State because he said he never felt like he fit in there. He knew better opportunities would come if he transferred to a junior college and performed well.
Once the offers started to pour in after playing at Hinds, the same people who hated on him tried to be his friend.
“Everyone started coming around me and offering me things, telling me what I wanted to hear,” Guidry said. “People I didn’t ever hear from were texting me and calling me.”
Guidry will return to Louisiana this weekend and visit LSU. His commitment could come shortly after that trip. Expect his decision to come down to the SEC West rivals.
For now, Alabama holds the edge over LSU. The Tigers will have some work to do this weekend for him to change his mind on the Tide.
“I wasn’t expecting (Alabama) to be that great,” Guidry said. “Alabama is what everyone says it is. It’s special.”
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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.